Even though most people choose to have a dog or a cat as a pet, birds can also be an excellent addition to any household. Having a pet bird has plenty of advantages because these animals do not require a lot of efforts or money to look after. Also, there are great for small living spaces and they are quite easy to train. But while taking care of a bird is often much easier and cheaper than taking care of a four-legged pet, moving home can prove a big challenge for both you and your feathery friend. Birds can get stressed when:
- Their routine is disrupted
- They are moved to a new spot
- It gets too crowded or noisy in the house
Given that birds are so sensitive to every change in their surroundings, you should be extra careful with them when relocating.
Before the move
Take your pet to a vet a few weeks prior the move. Explain to your veterinary physician that you are planning to move house and he or she may give you some valuable tips. The vet will also check whether the bird is in good health. If you are about to relocate to the different country, your feathery friend may also have to be vaccinated. A long-distance move will also require you to place your pet in a special travel carrier. Purchase the carrier a couple of weeks in advance and let the bird in it every day for a few minutes. That will help your pet to get used to it. Don’t forget to research the vets in your new neighbourhood. Also, you will need to move your pet bird on your own since professional movers do not deal with animals.
On the day of the move
Leave no toys or other objects in the cage. Take everything out, except for the food and the water, before you put the bird in the car. Even if you are planning a local move, like relocating from Leyton E10, E15 to Leytonstone E11, you are still advised to do that if you don’t want your pet to get hurt during the trip. Also, don’t place the cage or the carrier at the very back of your personal vehicle. Birds are very social animals and they would feel calmer if you place them next to the window so that they can peek outside. But do keep the window closed. Make sure that your pet bird is not exposed to temperatures that are too hot or too cold.
Settling in your new house
When you get to your new home, pick a nice spot for your pet. It is best if it is similar to the one your bird had in the old house. Put the cage in a strategic location from where your feathery friend can watch you but don’t place it in a heavy-traffic area because that may stress it. Put your pet’s old toys back in the cage but keep the cage closed and away from open windows and doors. When in unfamiliar places, birds may choose to fly away when given the right opportunity.