You’ve bought your new home and you’re ready to move. It’s a very exciting time! It can also be a chaotic time and you’re not the only one that feels the effects of the stress that can come along with that upheaval. Your pet will need time to feel situated and comfortable in their new surrounding as well! Here are some helpful tips to help make the move as stress free as possible for your cherished family member.
First things first make sure that your pets vaccinations are up-to-date and that your pet has been microchipped. Often times, pets can become disorientated in a new area. If they do wander off, a shelter or vet can simply scan your pet and return them safely to you. There is also technology that allows you to use GPS to find him/her. There is even an app that helps find your pet by facial recognition! Visit findingrover.com to download the app.
Along the same lines, if your new home doesn’t already come equipped with a fence and a gate, you may want to consider either hiring someone for the job of installing one or doing it yourself. Not only will it protect your pet from the danger of wandering off, getting lost, getting injured (or worse) and the possibility of being picked up by animal control, it will also deter other animals from entering your yard. Fences should be a minimum of 5 1/2 feet and include a mesh wire under ground to prevent Rover from digging his escape route.
Keep things familiar. While packing the house, make sure to leave out familiar items such as food dishes, toys and beds. Be sure not wash any of these items before your pet is situated and feeling comfortable. In a time of great change, your pet will find solace in having items that smell like “home”.
According the Oregon Humane Society, cats typically require more assistance adjusting to life in a new home especially since they’re inherently territorial. Start by setting aside one room in the new house as their safe place complete with food and water bowls, toys, tower, and litter box. As Whiskers becomes more acclimated to the new surroundings, begin leaving more doors open for exploration. The American Humane Society also recommends leaving your cat indoors at all times to keep your cat safe and healthy.
The best way to acclimate your pet to its new surroundings is to spend as much time with him/her as possible after the move. Take long walks around the neighborhood. Not only does it burn off excess nervous energy, but it also familiarizes your pet with the neighborhood. It’s also a great way to meet new neighbors and possibly even new dog friends. Bonus!
Follow these simple steps and soon your pet will feel purrfectly at ease in your new home.