10 Tips for Adjusting Your Pet to a New House
Make the transition as smooth as paw-sible.
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Send Them to Grandma's on Moving Day
Trust us: There's no better day to send your furbaby to Grandma's than the day when all their treasured toys and blankets are being tucked away into big boxes, by big strangers, and packed into a big, strange moving van. Throw their go-to chew toy and some drool-worthy treats in an overnight bag and send them on their way to spend time with their second or third favorite human for the day.
Comfort Your Kitty
There are no two ways about it: Moving is stressful for everyone in the family. Yes, that includes your feline family member, too. According to the folks at ASPCA, your cat's first, basic reaction to a stressful situation is to flee the scene and hide. The organization says the best way to avoid an anxious escape is to provide your cat with a small, safe space in your new home. Their tip? "Keep the cat in a carrier while you're setting up the room, allowing him to adjust to the sounds and smells." Read more tips from ASPCA, here.
Give Them Space to Explore at Their Own Pace
It's important not to overwhelm your cat in an already overwhelming situation. ASPCA shares, "It's rare for a cat to explore a new territory without hesitation. If the cat is allowed to adapt to a new environment at his own speed, everything will work out in good time."
Lead the Way
The American Kennel Club shares that owners should introduce their dogs to a new house, first, by walking them through the home on a lead. "Let him investigate, but also let him know what the house rules are. Keep him closely supervised and in the same room as you're in." Find more information from the AKC, here.
Take a Walk
Make Them Comfortable
Do a Backyard Walkthrough
Before you let your happy hound off the leash in their big, brand-new yard, be sure to do a walkthrough. Check your fence for any damage or covert escape routes, and take stock of your yard for insects. Treat your grass for fleas and ticks, and do some research on how to treat/prevent pests local to your area.
Stick to Their Routine
Patience is Key
It's easy to become frustrated with naughty pets during a move, and you may come across some unwarranted puddles and torn-to-shreds tissue paper. It's easy for pets to feel confused in new environments and unsure of where their new "bathroom" is located, or maybe they're letting you know they miss you. Whatever you do, try your best to be patient and keep things in perspective.