A move can be a difficult and stressful transition for anyone, but your pets can become especially anxious about their new residence. Here are some tips to help them adjust more quickly to a new home.
1. Be Consistent
Staying on schedule is something your pet needs during this time. From feedings and walks to playtime and even bedtime, try to keep your schedule as consistent as possible as you transition to your new home. If you dog is used to having a doggy door, set one up in the new home. If your cat had a special window they enjoyed looking out of at your old home, try to set up a new spot by putting their bed or a soft blanket by a window in your new home.
2. Keep Favorite Toys and Blankets Close
Nothing will make your pet feel more at home and than having their favorite bed, crate, toys, treats, and other familiar items at their new home. Having these favorites will help your pet feel comfortable and at home more quickly.
3. Help Your Pet Feel Secure
There are a number of ways to help your pet with the transition and each pet may require different things. Some pets will feel most at ease if they are near you. Others may feel better staying in a crate, away from the excitement of the move. You may even want to assign a family member or friend to stay with your pet during the move to help them feel secure. The less stress they have during the commotion of the move, the more comfortable they will feel once they are in their new home.
4. Keep Them Safe
With all of the traffic, moving things out of your old place and into your new one, your pet can easily get in the way. Avoid them getting hurt or lost by giving them a safe place to stay or a person to stick with them. Be sure they have collars with all of their identification. Disorder can spook them, so you can avoid losing them by having all of your contact information on their collars.
5. Be Patient
Although your pet may be acting strange and scared right now, it’s important to know that they will definitely come back around. It may take a little time, but if you are patient with them and supportive, they will come to enjoy their new home soon. Allow them to take plenty of time sniffing around the house. Let them explore and discover that it’s not so bad! Cats may hide for a awhile. Don’t be surprised if you don’t see them for a few days as they hide under the bed or in a closet. Be sure to show them where the litter box is. During this time, try to keep your cat inside the house as they are not familiar with the new neighborhood yet and could get lost. Put food down for your cats and dogs even if they don’t eat it. Being consistent will help during this time and eventually they will eat. Chances are that they will come out at night or when you have left the house. They need time to get used to their new home, just as you do.
Employing just a few simple measures to make your pet feel comforted, and helping to smooth their transition, will ensure that they adjust happily to their new home.