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23henry 04-26-2013 08:52 PM

im moving.
 
okay so im moving to a new place, and am wondering what i should do with henry im taking him with me. I want to reduce the stress as much as possible and it isint possible to keep him in his cage on moving day but i do have a carryer to put him in, dose anyone know what i can do to help him out and how i can make it easy on him for the first couple days and if anyone has moved houses what there hedgie acted like and how things went for them. thanks so much. i still have a month befor i move.

Lilysmommy 04-26-2013 10:40 PM

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I would make sure his bedding is changed a day or two before you move, so that you can keep that same bedding for a couple more days once you're in the new place. That way his cage will still smell somewhat like him, though the rest of his environment will have changed a bit. Other than that, make sure he has a familiar blanket in his carrier as well, make sure the temperature stays steady & safe, and try to keep him in a quiet area if you can, so he can still sleep. If you're moving a pretty decent distance, so that you'll have different water, it may also be helpful for him if you fill a couple of gallon jugs with your old water and switch him slowly to the new water - some hedgehogs are sensitive to a change in water. I haven't moved before, but these are all things I'd do if I were in the situation. Good luck with the move! :)

23henry 04-27-2013 09:57 AM

Re: im moving.
 
thanks so much im not moving far from where we are now and it should only take us about a day to move in. as for the heat im movign in the middle of summer so it should be warm enough if not then what can i add in his carryer to keep him warm.

BowserAndPeach 04-28-2013 12:34 PM

Re: im moving.
 
Being a recent college graduate, my hedge was subject to many different moves to and from home and campus. My advice for the actual move is to make sure you know the temperature. Even in the summer I would still have mitten warmers available in case the temp dropped. Also, what temperature is comfortable for you to drive in, might not be good for him. I know that I personally had to fight the urge to crank the AC on full blast. In the summer you do need to worry about heat stroke. The hedge should never be left in the car alone because the temperature can rise rapidly. If possible keep out of direct sunlight. I usually wrapped the cage in a blanket to help protect against wind chill, sun, etc.

As for the actual new home. I would try to keep the cage as similar as possible to the way that it was. This is not the time to rearrange the cage or try a new shelter or food. I usually let my hedge be for the first 24 hours in the new environment so that he can get use to everything. (smells, etc.)

From my experience though, moving is not too stressful on my guy.

Good luck with your move!

Nebular 04-29-2013 09:48 AM

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I've moved Norman twice in one year; once half way across the country, and once about 20 minutes away to a new house.

The cross-country drive spanned two days. I dismantled his cage and stuffed it in the back of my car. I put him in his carrier, along with the fleece from his cage, his shirt, and his igloo so he at least had some familiar items around him and things he was used to sleeping with. We stopped in a hotel for the evening where I setup his cage with all of the usual accessories and took him out for his regular snuggle time. I made sure to bring the space heater as well to try and keep the room at his usual temperature. He was crabby and a little tired from not sleeping quite as much as he was used to thanks to the movement and road noise, but he was still eager for snuggles and carried on with his usual nightly routine. Packed him up in the morning and reached the apartment on day 2, shortly before the movers arrived. I kept him in his carrier in the bathroom where he was out of the way of all of the foot traffic so he could still sleep. When everything was moved in, his cage was the first thing I set up and then plopped him back in there so he could get back to his usual environment. He was a little grumpy again that evening thanks to the noise, etc., but was back to his usual self by the next day.

For moving across the city it was a lot easier. The first thing I moved was him in his carrier plus his cage and all of its accessories. Again, I stuffed his fleece, shirt, and igloo in there so it was at least familiar. When we got to the house, the cage was set up right away and he was tucked back into his home. I don't think he even noticed the change.

23henry 05-04-2013 10:00 AM

Re: im moving.
 
okay thanks i think im going to just set up his cage right away, and then worry about moving everything else in he wont be in a carryer for long then only like an hour or two thanks for all the help. I was worryed it would be really hard on him

Christemo 05-05-2013 02:12 PM

Re: im moving.
 
I've moved 3 times with my herd (don't ask... I hate apartment complexes...) and I always made sure that they were moved LAST. We usually move over the span of 3-5 days, so it's great to get the area set up for them first, then bring them over. That way, you know they'll still have electricity and a place to go when you finally move in. :)


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