Pets And New House Anxiety: Helping Our Furry Friends Adjust

MARCH 2, 2016

Your New House Doesn’t Have to Be a Problem for Your Pets

We all get a bit anxious around moving day, and if you’re making the move to a new home with pets in tow, you can be sure there’s probably a bit of anxiety for your companion animals, too. With so much to check off your moving day list, it can sometimes be difficult to remember that your pets may be sensing that change is in the air.

Taking the time to ensure that your moving day will be a smooth and easy process extends to your pets, too. With that in mind, it’s always wise to research various ways of how you can make your pet more comfortable before, during, and after the move from one house to the next. Read on for three key tips and tricks that will help pet owners and their cats or dogs transition to a new home with ease and grace.

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Reduce Your Pets’ Anxiety

Before, during, and after the move, it is important to consider your pet as an individual, much like you and your family members. Do they have a routine that they go through in various parts of the day? Do they like to be nearby or touching you at all times? Do they like quiet solitude, perhaps hiding under a bed during times of increased stress?

Be sure to keep their individual preferences in mind as you pack up those last boxes and load the moving van for the final trip to the new house. Considering your pet’s needs will help reduce their anxiety about the transition, because they will feel more comfortable and in tune with their daily routine and yours.

Make Your New Home Pet-Safe Before They Arrive

Before you move your pet into your new home, make sure they have a safe enclosure or space to hang out in, waiting for them. This will go a long way towards make them feel comfortable and actually keeping them safe, especially if their first instinct is to run away from all of the scary moving boxes, seeking shelter in a strange new place — or worse, running right out the door!

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Check out your new home for any unsafe wires, electrical sockets, or other hazardous obstacles in your living environment. Talk with your neighbors to see if any aggressive, free-roaming pets or wild animals live in your area, and make a contingency plan to keep your pet from encountering them whenever possible. Consider making clean up a major part of your pre-move in activity, taking extra care to remove smells and signs of other pets that may have lived in the home prior to you moving in.

Keep It Consistent

With companion animals, consistency is often key to their well being and general happiness. By sticking to the daily routine you have created for your pet, you will give your companion animal a greater sense of comfort and familiarity, even in a brand new home.

If you feed your dog or cat before you make your coffee in the morning, keep doing that after you move. If you walk them in the evening, be sure to maintain all of your daily habits as close to the way you had them in the old home. The key thing is to keep things simple and familiar; do not get them a new food bowl or a new hairbrush, or change their flea medication around the time when you move.

Try to keep things as familiar and as close to your normal routine as possible, and be sure to have familiar toys, bedding and treats to help them acclimate.

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Happy Pets Make for a Happy Home

One of the best things you can do for your pet when you decide to move is to plan well in advance to help make their transition smoother. It can be difficult to watch your pet having difficulty adjusting, especially if their methods of coping involve making uncomfortable noises, or marking up places in the new home.

Just remember to always be patient with your animals, and to plan as much in advance as possible, and your pet’s experience of the move should work out just fine. Good luck!

 

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