Because our pets are always there to console us through difficult moments, the last thing you want to do is upset them. Unfortunately, moving can be one of your fluffy friend’s most stressful situations. Your dog or cat has spent a long time acclimating to your existing environment, so making a change could be a stressful experience for them. Moving is a major problem, especially if you have pets in your home. You can’t just pack your goods and move to a new house and expect your dog or cat to adjust quickly. What exactly is this new location? What brings us here? You know the answers to these easy questions, yet your cherished furry pets find everything new and unusual. They appreciate your continued presence, but they require careful supervision and assurance that the new location is now theirs.
You are occupied with many things, in spite of professional movers and packers helping you, and the moving process is tiring. However, as the pet parent, it is your responsibility to assist your pet see moving in as a positive experience. If they’ve relocated with you before, they’ll probably be more relaxed about this one. Regardless, your goal is to make their new life as similar to their old one as possible, so they may take up just where they left off after their physical relocation is complete. Here are some tips to help your favorite partner relax during the event (s).
- Your pet will be terrified by the sound of boxes shuffled and furniture sliding across the floor. Keep them in a familiar area while the commotion develops to avoid a debilitating anxiety attack, and make sure it’s the last one you pack up. If you have a backyard, you can also keep your dogs chained there.
- Pack an ‘overnight kit’ with enough dog food, cat litter, toys, and grooming supplies to keep your pet nourished and comfortable during the first few days of unpacking.
- Stick to their previous feeding and walking schedules. Feed them their favorite foods and load them on snacks to thank them for being responsible with their relocation. Even if you’re swamped with unpacking and starting a new job, make time to play with your pet or simply sit together for some lap time.
- Unless you take your pet on long journeys frequently, they are unlikely to have spent much time in crates or cars. Train them to acclimate quickly to the carrier by progressively increasing the amount of time they spend in it. Additionally, serve them meals while they’re inside, and make sure to include toys and stuff with familiar scents.
- Drive yourself to the new house with the pet. Small dogs and cats can be placed in a carrier in the rear seat and secured with a seatbelt. A larger dog can be transported in the back of the car in a kennel; if possible, you may need to fold the seats down. Some animals will feel better at ease if you cover their carrier with a blanket throughout the ride so they can’t see the changing landscape outside.
- Be cautious when bringing the animal to your new neighborhood because they can quickly become lost if they escape. Even if the pet is well-behaved or gentle, it’s crucial not to open the kennel until the pet is in the new home after they’re in the car. Allow them a few days to acclimate to their new surroundings. Tip for cat owners: For safety concerns, more and more people are keeping their cats indoors, and a move is a good time to get them used to being indoors because they won’t be let out in the new home. Make the most of this adjustment.
Whether your pet is a dog, cat, fish, small animal, or something else, assisting them with the transfer will have an impact on how they adjust to their new home. Moving has its obstacles, but don’t let finding a new home for your pet be one of them!