When you move into a new home, you’re starting a new chapter for everyone in your family, including your pets. And just like everyone else, moving is an adjustment for dogs and cats.
Making the transition as easy as possible for your animal friend isn’t just beneficial for pets, it also makes your life easier. Failing to provide your dog or cat with the basics it needs to be happy can lead to them becoming disruptive as you unpack and move things around the house.
Animals are always unpredictable, but here’s how you can make your move easier for the four-legged members of your family.
Pack the Essentials:
Figure out the things that your dog or cat needs right away and pack those together. These will include their bowls, food, a bed, litter box and some favorite toys. If you’re driving to your new home, bring these yourself if there’s room in the car.
As You Pack and Unpack:
One of the trickiest things about cats and dogs on moving day is that doors are constantly opening and closing as movers repeatedly enter and exit the house. Consider having your pet stay with a friend or relative during the move. If that isn’t an option, clear out a room for the animal and secure it with a gate. Even if it annoys them, it’s better than them leaving the house and getting lost.
Buy Them a Gift:
Dogs love getting a new toy, so buy your pooch something fun to play with and give it to them when you arrive at your new house. There’s a good chance it will keep them busy for a while as you bring things into the house.
Set Up a Pet Area:
When you first looked over your new home, did you envision a spot that your pet would like? Set up a bed for your dog or cat in that area. Felines, of course, love to rest in places that gets lots of sunlight, so set up a bed or scratching post near a window.
Make Sure the Yard is Secure:
If your new home has a nice back yard, your dog is likely going to spend a lot of time there. Let Fido explore and have fun, but first make sure fencing and gates don’t have gaps or loose boards. Also keep doors from the yard to the house closed while you’re bringing boxes and furniture into your new house. If you leave them open, your pet can get in the house from the yard and leave through the front door.
With some smart thinking and planning, your furry friend will be settling into its new surroundings in no time.