Getting ready to move can be tough on every member of the family.
You’re trying to make your new home perfect. Your children may be adjusting to switching schools or playing in a new neighborhood. When you’re working to keep your family happy during a move, it’s easy to forget your pets.
However, your furry family members need some extra love and care when you’re moving. Check out these tips to make relocation to a new house less stressful for your dog or cat.
Check-In With Your Vet
If you’re moving to a new home that requires you to change vets, be sure to check in for an appointment. Even if you’re close enough to continue using the same vet, talking to your vet can be a smart move.
Your vet knows your pet. They might have some tips and recommendations that can be helpful during the move. This is also an excellent time to get your pet up-to-date on shots. If you’re registering your dog or cat in a new county, you’ll need to provide immunization records.
Be sure to get their microchip records updated to your new address.
Snuggle And Play
Giving your pet some extra attention and affection is essential during your move. As you transition to a new home, reassure your pet that your love hasn’t changed. Give them some extra walks or playtime to relieve some pent up anxiety.
If your pet wants to be alone, don’t feel that you have to force them to play (especially true for cats). When they’re ready, engage with them, pet them, and let them know that you’re still there, even though you’re in a new home.
You want to see your pet explore your new home, but be cautious. While it’s fun for pets to check out new areas, it can be overwhelming if it happens to fast.
Limit your dog or cat to one room of the house, and slowly expand their territory. This helps them learn the space, feel safe, and keep stress levels low.
Your pet knew your routine at your old home – do your best not to change it. Keep feeding times and exercise times the same. If you usually place their food and water bowls near the door, try to accommodate a similar spot in the new house.
Provide them with their favorite treats. Pack their crate or bed in your car – not on the moving truck – so you can get it set up right away. The more consistent you can keep their life as you move to a new home, the better.
Give Them Time
It’s normal for pets to act out as they get used to a new home. Know that this will pass in time as they go through the adjustment to a new space. Urinating in inappropriate places, being destructive, and showing anxious behaviors (hissing or barking) are all normal things for pets who are learning something new. If you’re concerned, reach out to your vet. For most pets, these behaviors usually pass within a few days or weeks.
Smooth Move With Your Pet
Moving is tough. Don’t forget that this is true for your dog or cat, too. Providing your pet with some extra love and care can go a long way in helping them make the transition to your new home.