Moving with a Pet
Moving is stressful enough as it is, but moving with a pet can make it even more challenging. Rent.com offers some tips to help make sure you don't forget anything. To view the original article, please visit: http://blog.rent.com/tips-for-moving-a-pet-dont-forget-about-fido/
So, if you’re planning a move, just make sure you spend some time considering how you’re going to make the process a little less taxing for Fido and Felix. Here are seven practical tips for moving with pets:
1. Update Their Tags and Chips
Before you even pick up the first box, you should make sure your pets’ collar tags are updated with your current cell number. Why? There are plenty of times during the move when your little guys may be able to make an escape – and if they’re scared, as they may be if you’re moving large items around or making a lot of noise, they’re a lot more likely to.
Updated tags will ensure that if they run off, someone will know who to call. You should also consider microchipping – if you adopted your animals from a shelter, they likely already have these chips, but if not, microchips are another good security measure. Any vet and many other pet professionals can scan a microchip to find the information about an animal’s owner.
2. Set Out a Carrier or Crate Beforehand
If you’re moving with cats or small dogs, they’ll need to be in a carrier or crate as you move them from one apartment to another. This can pose a problem if your pets don’t have any experience with these enclosures.
To ease their fear, set out carriers or crates well before the move to give Fido and Felix time to sniff them out and make sure they feel safe and secure. You can even fill them with favored toys, a treat or two, and one of your T-shirts (your animals will find comfort in your scent).
3. Make a Transport Plan
Movers aren’t going to be able to transport your pets, so you need another way to get them to the new place. If you don’t have a car, you may want to see if you can borrow one from a friend. If not, you’ll likely need to bring them in a taxi.
Either way, your pets may develop some motion sickness. See if your vet can prescribe you any meds to give them just in case, and try not to feed them too much on the morning of the move.
4. Or, Consider Other Moving-Day Options
Alternatively, you may want to make other plans for Fido and Felix so they aren’t a part of the craziness of moving day at all. See if they can stay with a friend or neighbor from the night before the move until all of your boxes and furniture have been relocated into the new place.
This is a great idea for a number of reasons. For one thing, it’s a less stressful option for the animals. And for another, there’s a much smaller likelihood of one of them escaping as your movers are carrying your couch out the front door. Removing them from the picture completely can keep everyone more sane.
5. Pack a Pet Box
Just as you need to keep some of your own important belongings on hand – medications, essential toiletries, your coffee maker, etc. – you should make sure you have some important pet stuff in an easily accessible box.
Keep at least a couple of days’ worth of food in there, as well as toys, beds, extra kitty litter, and anything else your pets will need right away when you make it to the new place.
6. Keep Everyone Confined
If your pets are staying with you on moving day, make sure to keep them confined to a single room, both in the old apartment and the new one. Mark it with a sign so that your movers (or the friends helping you move) don’t open the door.
If your pets aren’t confined, they could easily escape or get underfoot, which won’t be safe for anyone involved.
This room will become your pets’ haven in the new apartment – fill it with food, water, and anything else they love, and introduce them to the rest of the apartment slowly over the next couple of days.
7. Stick to a Routine
Finally, as much as possible, it’s important to stick to your pets’ typical day-to-day routine. Of course, moving day is hectic, so this may not be possible. But if you can keep daily feedings and walks on a schedule your pets are already accustomed to, it will make the whole transition a great deal easier for them.
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Spring Cleaning Tips!
Care.com offers great cleaning tips to help give your spring cleaning a jump start!
21 Time-Saving Spring Cleaning Hacks
A little inventiveness goes a long way when you need new ways to quickly deep clean the house.
If the thought of ridding your home of clutter or scrubbing the deep, dark corners you might have ignored the past year feels daunting, let these spring cleaning hacks inspire you.
- Clean dusty air vents by carefully wrapping a rag around a butter knife, and sliding it back and forth between the vent slats.
- Dab shaving cream on stubborn carpet stains and let it sit for a few minutes. Then, wipe it away with a wet cloth.
- Attach a condiment bottle lid -- the kind with a pointy spout -- over the house attachment of your vacuum to access tight spots your normal vacuum attachments can't handle.
- Put two denture-cleaning tablets in the toilet and let them sit for a few hours. Even hard water stains will scrub away easily, saving you elbow grease and time.
- Place a glass of distilled white vinegar in your microwave and turn it on high for one minute. The steam it creates will make it easier to wipe off crusted-on stains and get rid of nasty odors.
- Station a dust pan under your kitchen faucet with the handle hanging over the edge of the sink. Place a bucket on the ground, directly beneath the handle, and then turn on the water. Voila! An easy way to funnel water into the bucket without struggling to squeeze it under the faucet.
- Disinfect sponges by microwaving them on high for one minute. Alternatively, you can toss them in the dishwasher every time you run it.
- Clean the garbage disposal by dropping in a half a lemon, a handful of crushed ice and a little salt. Turn it on, and odors are quickly neutralized.
- Sprinkle a dryer sheet with a few drops of water and scrub off hard water and residue build-up on glass shower doors.
- Remove water rings from a wood table by blasting the area with a hair dryer on high heat. Wipe the area with a little olive oil when finished to recondition the wood.
- Use tension rods inside your kitchen and bathroom cabinets to hang all your cleaning spray bottles.
- Put a lazy Susan in the fridge so that you don't have to pull items from the front to see what's hiding in the back.
- Clean water stains on bathroom faucets and handles by rubbing them with half a lemon. The result? Shiny fixtures that smell great!
- Reach cobwebs and dusty areas in high places by attaching a towel to a broom. Photo courtesy of Real Simple
- Clean your dishwasher by placing a cup of distilled white vinegar on the top rack and running it.
- Forget the stack! Roll clothes and then place them horizontally in drawers so you can see everything at a glance.
- Place sheet sets inside matching pillowcases for easy storage.
- Sanitize your kids' small plastic toys all at once by running them through the dishwasher.
- Cover fridge shelves with plastic wrap or plastic seals, so that the next time there's a nasty spill, you simply remove the plastic and replace!
- Clean shower heads by removing them and soaking them overnight in distilled white vinegar.
- Dust blinds with an old sock. First, mix a solution of soap and water in a bucket. Then, slip the sock over your hand and dip it in the solution. Make a fist to eliminate excess water, and then run your socked hand over the dusty blinds.
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