As a pet owner, you’re probably just as excited to see how your pet loves the new house as you are yourself. It’s fun to watch as your pets explore the new digs. But moving can be stressful for pets. Here are some tips for making the move as stress-free as you can for your furry loved ones!
Acclimate Your Pets To A Pet Carrier
If you travel infrequently, your pets may not be used to being inside the confined space of a pet carrier. Help them get used to it by placing it on the floor near where they sleep. Put some of their favorite toys or blankets inside and encourage them to spend time in there. Once inside, bring Fido or kitty for a short ride in the family car; just once or twice around the block is plenty. Do this a couple of times a week and always reward them afterward with a treat or some petting.
Keep Pets Isolated On Moving Day
Moving day will be scary for your pets. To keep them calm and safe, isolate them in a separate room in the house. You could place food and water bowls in a spare bathroom along with a blanket to rest on. Put a sign on the door so the moving men don’t enter. Isolating pets on moving day will also prevent pets from running outside, where they might run off out of fear or confusion.
Let Pets Adjust To Your New Home Slowly
Even if you have pets that are savvy and accustomed to being outdoors, you don’t want to let them outside when you first move. They may become disoriented and try to walk back to the old house. Or they could encounter a neighborhood animal that isn’t friendly. For a few days after you move into your new home, keep little Fluffy indoors. There will be plenty of time for them to transition into the backyard if that’s something you want for your pets.
Your pets will grow to love your new home, but it’s important to let them take it slow. These three tips may help with the transition. Above all, help them to feel comfortable with the traveling and keep them away from the activity on the actual moving day.