Moving is not only stress and excitement for you, but for your chinchillas as well. These animals are bright and curious, but their safe homeland is sacred to them. A change of location is therefore extremely unpleasant for chinchillas.
As you begin preparing for the move, lugging boxes and furniture around, and packing them into the moving truck, be careful not to expose your animals to drafts between all those open doors. The room where the chinchillas stay should be closed and sealed off from noise so that the animals are not disturbed. It is best to clear out the chinchilla room in the evening hours. Before you prepare your animals for the journey, their cage or enclosure should – if at all possible – already be set up at their new place of residence. After a long journey, the animals want to get out of the transport box as quickly as possible and finally be able to stretch and stretch again.
Definitely postpone the move to an evening. If the animals are woken up during the day, the movie is even more stressful. Once you have arrived in your new home, you should leave the animals alone for the time being. Provide them with water and food, make sure they survived the journey safely, and then leave them alone. The animals will need a few days to get used to the new environment.
The long drive to the new home
Definitely postpone the stressful drive to the morning or evening. Then it is not only cooler, but the chinchillas are also awake and are not torn from their sleep. Chinchillas travel best in the transport box, which you also use for visits to the vet. It must be large enough and padded with a cozy towel. Water should not be missing during the journey either. If a long car journey is planned, you should house the animals in a small cage and also provide them with food.
If the chinchillas are being transported in the moving truck, load them in last. Then you don’t have to sit in the narrow transport box any longer than absolutely necessary. Make sure the box is well padded and none of the items left in the cart can fall on the animals. The car must also be well ventilated and protect the chinchillas from heat and draughts.
It is better than being transported in a moving van if your loved ones are allowed to travel in a car on an extra trip. There you can fix the transport box better, regulate the temperature if necessary and speak to your animals soothingly. Never put the transport box in the trunk. It’s so hot and stuffy there that your chinchillas wouldn’t survive. Cover the transport box or cage with an old cloth, which ensures peace and also protects against drafts. Always take the shortest and fastest route to your new home and do not make any stops. Don’t park your car or the moving truck at your new home in the blazing sun and unload your little friends as soon as possible.