Moving can be a stressful and exciting process, and when moving with pets, your furry friend most certainly feels the stress and excitement as well.
Pets don't always respond well to a new environment, so it's important to do whatever you can to ease your pet into your new house.
Settling yourself and your pet into your new home may take time, but you can make it a smoother process by doing some research and planning. Here's how you can create a stress-free transition for your beloved pooch or kitty.
Where To Put The Pet During The Move
During the actual move itself, it is best for your dog or cat if you can get them away from the action altogether. Ideally, it's best if a neighbor or family member that your pet is familiar with can take the pet for the day.
For long haul moves, some pet owners opt to take their dog or cat to a kennel for a few days to help them avoid the stress of the moving atmosphere.
A slow and steady packing of boxes will also indicate a change to your pet, and if done over a longer period of time, can help them prepare for the upcoming change of scenery.
The Interior Introduction: Getting Your Pet Settled
Before the actual move of all the boxes, it might be a good idea to take your pet's belongings to the new house first. Having some of their familiar items, such as toys, a kennel, and blankets, can help to ease the process of settling into the new home.
You may also want to dedicate a room or part of the house as your pet's sanctuary, where they can feel safe and secure while boxes and pieces of furniture are being moved into the new home. Ensure that you don't switch your pet's food too much around the time of the move, as this can exacerbate the effects of the change.
Some pet owners have found it effective to wait until the new house is unpacked and settled before introducing their pets to the home. This way, the pet can becoming acquainted with the new atmosphere without the chaos of movers, piled up boxes, and a stressed-out, scrambled owner! If using this method, you can keep your pet at the kennel of family member's house until you are settled in.
The Surroundings: Exploring The New Neighborhood
If you have a dog, it is just as important to get him acquainted with the new neighborhood as it is to get him acquainted with the home itself. This is something you can also do well before the move; when preparing for a move, drive your dog over to your new neighborhood and let him explore where his new home will be.
This way, when you arrive to introduce your dog to the home itself, he will already be familiar with the area, thereby reducing the stress of the new atmosphere in the house.
Moving is no easy feat, and it's even more complicated when pets are involved. By following some of these simple steps and planning ahead, you can achieve a move that involves much less stress.
Avoid the furry friend blues and introduce your pet to its new home in a gentle way. For more great moving tips, or to find the home that's right for you, contact a professional realtor today.