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Everything about moving into a new home is exciting, but it is important to consider your pet and how moving could affect them. All pets are territorial in one way or another, and introducing them to a new territory can be frightening or sometimes even overwhelming for them.
In this blog post we are sharing our tips on the best way to transition your pet into their new environment with minimal stress…
– Prepare. Make sure the new house is thoroughly cleaned & disinfected. This will get rid of any old smells or debris, and provide a fresh space for your pet to make their own territory. Externally, hose down paths, mow lawns, and remove any animal faeces that might be in the yard. Any trace of other animals could intimidate your pet, so try to be thorough in the clean-up.
– Make sure all maintenance and work is carried at least the day prior to moving your pet. Loud noises and strange tradespeople are only going to stress your pet out more. If possible, try to organise a few days off after moving day, so that you can dedicate your time to help get your animal adjusted & relaxed in their new home.
– On the morning of moving day, move your all of your pet’s furniture, bedding, toys, and food/water bowls. Make sure that everything is in place so that when your pet arrives at their new home, at least they will arrive to their familiar items. It is a good idea to have several water bowls located throughout the home for your pet.
– Before letting your pet in, double check that the house & yard are secure. Check that all doors are closed properly, and make sure that the yard is fully enclosed with no escape routes. While your pet is stressed there is always the chance that they might feel like fleeing, so it is essential for them to have an enclosed environment.
– Introduce your pet to one room at a time. It is always a good idea to start with the room where your pet will eat & drink (and for cats where their kitty litter is). Offer your pet a small amount of food, and make sure that you show them where their water is. Don’t be alarmed if your pet doesn’t eat straight away; just keep offering them food every few hours.
Pets will take some time to adjust – especially cats. It will take a few days for them to get back to their normal selves, but it is important for you to stay calm. You don’t want your pet sensing that you are on edge or upset – just stay positive and talk to them with positive tones. If you pet still doesn’t settle after a few days, contact your local vet for advice.