How to help your pet adjust to your new home
After the Relocation - June 19, 2019
If you have ever moved with a dog or cat, you know that this can be a stressful time for both of you. All the rush, packing and planning can make your pet feel uncomfortable. With the change of their routine, dogs and cats may feel insecure about their situation. When you move with pets, their surroundings and smells change. This is a distress call for your fur baby. How can you help your pet adjust to your new home?
You should prepare your pets for moving in advance. During this time it is important for you to remain calm and consistent. Remember that you are the most familiar anchor of your pet in the new house. If they are timid, unsure, or stalking you, you may have to be patient with them. Always stay confident, calm and consistent.
To alleviate your furry friend’s anxiety, we have collected some of our best tips that will help your pet relax while moving and easily adapt to their new home.
Here are some steps you can make to help your pet adjust to your new home
Before moving with your pet
Dogs and cats will know that something is wrong before the move. They will see how you pack boxes and bags and trying to find moving companies Seguin TX, and feel your mood. If you are concerned about the upcoming move, your pet will probably feel it too. There are a few things you can do before the actual move to help your pet feel at ease:
- The priority of quality time. Spend time with your pet before the move so that it is focused on you. If your pet is a dog, reinforce the basic obedience commands so that they are fresh in their minds.
- Spray your scent. Spray a distinct smell, such as your perfume, around the house, three weeks before the move. Also, spray the same smell in your new home before your pet arrives.
- View your new space for danger. Check your new home for any poisonous or dangerous items, such as rat poisoning or traps, holes in the fence or chewing items.
- There is a vet on call. If you are moving to other cities, find a veterinarian in a new city – just in case.
- Update documents. License your pet in accordance with local regulations, update their identification tags, and contact your pet’s microchip or tattoo registry to update your contact information.
- Keep them legit. If you move to a city, check out local laws. Find out if you need a new license, what are the laws about the leash and whether there are bans on breeding in your new city.
- Box train in advance. If your pets need to be transported in a box while moving, make sure they are trained in the box so that the new situation does not cause them stress.
While moving with your pet
On the day of the move, it is important to remember that your dog or cat is safe, calm and contained. Thousands of domestic animals run away during the resettlement each year, and many of them never go home. You can minimize the likelihood that this will happen to your favorite companion, and make his move more enjoyable if you remember these tips.
- Minimize worry with the toy. Keep your pets in boxes with toys so that they are busy during packing.
- Ask for help with watching your pet. If you need, ask a friend or family member to watch your pet so that it does not get into the hustle and bustle.
- Build a safe space. Your pet may be frightened when moving boxes start to pile up. Make sure that they do not run out of the door, keeping them in a safe place where they cannot be lost or injured.
- Keep them marked. Make sure your pet has proper identification and tags while driving with people from moving companies in Texas, in case it comes out.
- Treat them if necessary. If your pet is worried about the move, think about the vet prescribing anxiety medication or a thunder shirt.
- Feed them lightly. Feed your pet easily on the day of the move, especially if it will be in the car for a long time.
- Plan pit stops. If your dog will spend a lot of time in the car, scout dog parks or walking routes so they can stretch their legs (and do their business)!
Adjustment with your pet after the move
After you have all moved, it is important that your dog or cat also feel at home. There are several things you can do in your new place to ease any fears your pet may have about abandonment or unfamiliarity. You must send non-verbal signals that they are safe, loved, and are a permanent part of your new home.
- Introduce your dog to the new space. When you get to a new home, bring your dog on a leash and outside so that they can get to know new smells while they feel safe.
- Bring cats to one room at a time. When you get to your new home, slowly introduce a new space to your cat. First limit them to one room, then slowly enter the rest of the house.
- Make your house a home. Before you unpack after a move, place your pet’s bowls, bed, and leash in the same room in the new house as they were in the old house. This will help make new places more familiar.
- Stay around the house. Plan to be at home with your pet in the first few days after the move. First, leave the house for a short time to see how they react. Then, when you need to be out all day, your pet will feel more comfortable.
- Calm them with refreshments. Leave goodies and familiar toys with your pet when you leave the house for at least the first few weeks.
- Be consistent. Keep your daily routine as close as possible to what you were before the move. Feeding, walking, playing and hugging should take place at the same time. That can also help you relax after a move.
Be patient with them
During the move, do not forget to be patient with your furry friends. Yes, there may be accidents due to stress or schedule changes. But the more you can control them and, if necessary, restrict their movements, the less likely it is to happen.
Finally, be careful not to correct your pet excessively, as this may simply emphasize their stress more. Praise them when they are good, and be sure to give them a little extra love and attention. It will take your pet about three weeks to adapt to a new home. As you become more relaxed and comfortable in the new setting, it will help your pet adjust to your new home!