Moving houses can be an exciting and stressful time for us humans with the excitement of starting a new chapter in our lives, but also the stress of packing, unpacking and everything that goes with it! However, during moving day humans aren’t the only ones feeling stressed, our pets can also become very anxious during this time.
Make moving a little less stressful for you and your furry friend with our top tips below!
Stick to their routine:
During the whole moving process, it’s important to keep your pet’s routine as normal as possible. This includes before and after the move. Continue to feed your animal at the same time you normally would and to make sure you take your dog for a walk every day. The more they stick to their usual routine, the easier the adjustment period will be!
Pet proof your new house:
When animals become anxious and stressed their instinct can tell them to flea or escape an uncomfortable or threatening situation. As they are unfamiliar with their new home and its surroundings some pets may try to escape, and even try to find their way back to their old home. This means it’s vital to check the house, yard and fencing to ensure that it is secure and that there are no areas your pet can squeeze through in order to escape. For people with cats, it’s best to keep them inside for a couple of days until they feel safe and secure in their new home.
Allow your pet to get comfortable with their new surroundings:
Once you have moved into your new place make sure you get your furry friend accustomed to your house and its surroundings. Let your pet to explore the area, including the yard and any surrounding areas under your supervision. For dog owners, it might be a good idea to take your dog for regular walks during the moving process to get them use to the sights, sounds, and smells of the new area, this is especially helpful in the event they do escape they have a better chance of finding their way back home again.
Do you have any great tips for moving homes with your pet? Let us know in the comments below!