When the big move is over and the unpacking is finished, its time to make your new house into a home. It's a busy time, but you must be sure to remember that moving is hard on your pets, too. There are a few things you can do to ease the transition for your pets, and help them feel like theyre home, too.
With dogs that have been in a pet travel crate, it's helpful to take them on a walk around the new neighborhood right away so they can smell and mark their new territory. Teach them the boundaries of where they can roam, and to stay away from traffic on busy streets.
Since cats tend to get more attached to their environment, they are more likely to run away and try to find your old home. After cat travel, cats should be kept inside for at least a few weeks, with occasional outings on a leash.
Try to keep things familiar by putting pets food and water in a place similar to where it was in your old home. Check to make sure that the fence in your new yard is secure and free of holes. If you have an indoor animal, double check doors and windows to prevent any escapes.
Make a space just for your pet, complete with cozy bed and toys. A pet will feel more comfortable with a place all his own.
Pets may have accidents in your new house simply as a result of the stress and confusion. Be patient, and resist the urge to punish. Instead, show your pet where itҒs allowed to go, and give praise when it does its business it the right spot. Eventually, your pet will adjust.
Make sure youre aware of you new cityҒs pet laws regarding licensing and vaccination. The sooner return to your daily routine, the sooner your pet will relax. Try to feed and exercise your pet at the same intervals throughout the move, and get on a regular schedule immediately after moving in.
Introduce your pet to his new neighbors, both human and animal, one at a time.
As long as youre attentive to your petҒs needs, and put some extra effort into making your new home comfortable for him, the adjustment should go smoothly. The key is to have a routine and stick to it, and to constantly reassure your pet with affection and attention. And remember, the sooner you relax and settle in, the sooner your pet will, too.