5 Steps to Make Moving with Pets a Breeze!
11 May, 2017
When you move to a new home, it can be very stressful. You need to pack everything, hire the movers, ensure all the utilities are turned on and transition into your new home. As hard as it is for you to move, your pets will need to make the adjustment as well. And, cats, are not huge fans of change. With a little forethought, you can make the transition much smoother.
When you start to pack, your pets might sense something and the noise of the movers can scare them. Think about putting your pets in a separate room while packing. And you know the best way to travel with your dog or cat. Some dogs love the car and most cats hate it! But make sure they are comfortable and are the last to arrive.
Once you arrive at your new home, the following will help ease the adjustment:
1. Start by allowing your pets to adjust to each room, one at a time
When you arrive at your new home, it will be tempting to set your dog or cat loose in the house to explore. However, a new and unfamiliar space can be overwhelming to your pets. Start by allowing them to adjust to one room, which should include their favorite toys, treats, water and food bowls, and litter box for cats. When they seem comfortable, gradually introduce them to other rooms in the house, while keeping some doors shut. You can slowly move your cat’s litter box to a different room too.
2. Bring all your dogs and cats favorite toys, bowls with you to ease the transition.
Bring your dog and cat’s favorite bed, crate, toys, food and water dishes, treats and other familiar items. Put them in similar places where they were in your previous home. If you have the familiar bowls and toys, it will help your cat or dog feel more at home.
3. Keep your routine and schedule the same in the new home
Keep your routine and schedule for feeding, walks, playtime, and bedtime. If a dog is used to using a doggy door, set one up in your new place. If your cat is accustomed to having their litter box in a bathroom or even living room, do the same in your new home. Maintaining a schedule helps them feel transition more readily.
4. Pay even more attention and watch your dogs and cats
Give your cat or dog the attention he is used to. As stressed as you are about the move, a bit of extra loving will go a long way as they come to feel at home in their new surroundings. Remember that difficult behaviors are a result of their discomfort with the change and a sense of not feeling in control. The more love and affection, the more easily your cat or dog will transition.
5. Give your pets’ time to adjust to their new surroundings
Some dog or cats might love their new home immediately. While others might hide and/or act. Be patient and give your pets’ ample time to adjust. Allow them to come out when they are ready. They need time to get used to their new home, just as you do, and will pick up on your anxiety as well. So, relax, giver your pets some extra affection and you can all enjoy your new home together.
If you need to move your pet around the world… take a look at this article: How Do I Get My Pet Around the World!