Moving into a new home is an exciting yet also a busy, frustrating process. With so many things to consider, it’s easy to forget that your pets will be feeling stressed too. I’ve compiled for you some great pet tips for those moving into new homes, so to avoid your pet becoming disorientated and instead fully embracing their new surroundings.
- Ensure your pet is completely identifiable with a microchip, collar ID tag and contact details that are up to date.
- Visit the veterinarian and make sure your pet has its shots up to date.
- Organise to have a sturdy, quality pet carrier (if required) and get your pet used to it before the big move, by leaving it open and putting treats inside.
- Visit the new home and neighbourhood beforehand with your pet before you move in. This allows your pet plenty of time to sniff around and familiarise themselves with the new surroundings.
- Avoid having your pet present for the final packing stages when everything is taken out. This is quite a chaotic time and you do not want to panic your pet with all the commotion. Have them securely penned, boarded at a kennel or at a friend’s house.
- Pack all their familiar toys, bowls and bed separately. Lay them all out before you bring your pet into the new home. This puts them at ease, as they will quickly identify their things, already making them feel like they are at home.
- When travelling by car, do not feed or give water to your pet for several hours before the move to avoid an upset stomach. Other things to consider in the car is making sure there is adequate fresh air in the vehicle, taking rest stops (to give water, toilet breaks and to exercise your pet) and never leaving your pet alone in the on hot days.
- At your new home, keep pets confined for a few days in a limited area like your bedroom, where you can comfort them and monitor their behaviour. Introduce them to the rest of the home gradually.
- Do not leave pets unattended outside until they have time to adjust to their new surroundings, because animals sometimes run away in an attempt to return to their old neighbourhood.
- Bribe them. Buying a few new toys or some treats to chew on can distract them, get out some nervous energy and create a positive experience. Bring out the new toys immediately after walking through the door.
- Take them for long walks on a leash to the local parks so neighbours and their pets can meet and greet you both. This will also tire them out and help burn off nervous energy.
- Show your pet love and affection.
A happy pet makes a happy family. Enjoy your new home!
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