For some people, moving can be a fun experience – a chance to go somewhere new and experience something different. To others, however, it can be a frustrating experience – something that they try to avoid as much as possible. But not matter how you feel about moving, there’s one thing that’s certain: your pets definitely aren’t going to be enthused.
Sure, some dogs like car rides and cats may seem complacent wherever they’re at, but a big change of scenery can be a serious problem for most pets, and the actual process of moving can be a danger all in its own.
To help you with your next move, we’ve put together some great advice and tips for keeping your pets safe during the moving process, as well as helping them become accustomed to the new home afterwards.
Tips for Moving Day
Although moving day can definitely be a stressful experience for your pet, it’s more important to consider the other potential problems related to moving – it can be dangerous when your pet is there in the way. Here are some best practices for keeping them safe:
- Select a room in the back of the apartment or house and keep the pets confined to that space. Don’t try to move anything into it today, simply put the boxes outside the door and wait until you’re all done with everything to open it.
- Does your new home have a fenced in backyard? If so, this may be the perfect time to test it out – just be sure to go through fire and verify that there’s nowhere that your pet can escape from.
- Most of all, try to find someone to watch your pet for your while you move. This allows you to keep the doors to your home open for moving things in easily, and you don’t have to worry about your pet being underfoot or running out into the road.
Helping Your Pet Adjust
When you move somewhere new, it takes you a while to find where everything is. Not just the little things in the house, but also the nearby grocery stores, restaurants, and other attractions. It’s no different to your pets – just on a smaller scale. It can take them awhile to get used to their new home. This is what you can do to help:
- Create an area that is just for them, where they feel safe. Perhaps put a pet bed and some toys in there, and give them some treats in the space from time to time – this allows them to have somewhere to retreat to that feels comforting and familiar.
- Reinforce positive behavior – such as waiting to go outside to use the bath, or using the litterbox for cats. This helps train them in the new setting. Why do cats spray? Oftentimes it’s because of a change in environment.
- Finally, you just need to be patient. There’s nothing you can do that’s going to make your pet immediately used to its new home. Some pets adjust quickly and others take longer, but no matter what you just have to sit back, help them, and wait for them to come around.