Fido, Felix and all the others
Pets are part of the family in their own right. And some attention should be paid to them. They too have practical needs and sensitivities that must be respected.
Most important to them is to be close to the master at all times. Everything else takes a back seat.
In the preparation days, depending on the character of the subject, they will either exchange "the big maneuvers"
as a game and then they will somehow want to participate by sticking their snouts into boxes,
pawing around tape, paper and cellophane.
Or, if meditative, they will observe from the kennel with apparent detachment the great bustle around them. More apprehensive individuals may appear gradually more bewildered. It is then necessary to reassure them with caresses, sweet words, the usual games and a propitious bone to gnaw on. They still won't give any serious problems.
For moving day, prepare their usual travel bag with bowls (one for food, one for water), a few cans of food (or kibble), a brush, a toy, and the inevitable bone. Apart from, the kennel in which they will sleep until the last night and in the first one at the new domicile. Also keep the usual bag handy to collect droppings. On moving day preferably keep them on a leash, because, caught up in the excitement, they may suddenly wander off if you are on the street or trip someone if you are already in the house. Immediately establish a place for bowls and a place for a kennel.
Very attached to domestic walls, they may exhibit some nervousness too much. Let them choose where to take refuge during the days leading up to the move or, if compliant, place them in the quietest room.
The same recommendations regarding dogs apply to X-day. Except for the leash, of course, which will be replaced by the cage used for travel. Make sure it is comfortable, because it is best to leave the kitty there until the move is complete. Then let them out to take over the new environment. Arrange bowls and feeding bowl possibly in the final location.
If they had a fixed place to sleep, such as a pillow, blanket or kennel, do not be impressed if they snub it. They will return to it after a few days. Otherwise they will choose the location they like best to spend the night. In the following days you may find some pee in inappropriate places.
Don't worry too much: in 48 to 72 hours everything should be back to normal.
They may also hide and show themselves with difficulty. This behavior will also be resolved in a short time.
Small animals in cages
With feathers or with fur, the important thing is that they are not exposed to drafts during moving day. And that, the night before, their cage is well cleaned and filled with feed and water in the appropriate spaces. Calculate that they need to be well and independent for about 24 hours. Do not toss the cages around too much, but deposit them in a well-protected place as soon as possible.