The list of things to consider while moving is endless. There is so much chaos between trying to decide on different paint colors, boxes everywhere, and big moving trucks. If you think you are anxious about moving, imagine how your pet may feel. Here are some tips and tricks to make your furry friend’s transition to a new home an easy one:
Choosing a New Home or Apartment
Before making your final decision on your new place there are lots of things to keep in mind, especially when you have a pet coming along with you. Go ahead and get yourself familiar with any pet regulations that the landlord or homeowner may have. Be sure to also think about the kind of space your pet may need. Does your pet need a big fenced in backyard, or could they be happy and cozy in a small studio apartment?
One of the most important things to think about is how your pet will adapt to your new space.Try to imagine how your pet’s life would be at the new place. By choosing your new home with your pets needs in mind, you will help their transition be much easier.
Find a new Vet
New home, new vet. Ask around the neighborhood, or reach out to a coworker and find a vet that you think would be good for your pet. Before the move, set up an appointment to go ahead and establish that relationship.
Make sure to also stop by your old vet to get all your pet’s records. Having these on hand will help your new vet get quickly acquainted with your pet.
Make a Moving Kit for Your Pet
The first couple of days of unpacking are by far the most stressful. One simple way to make it go a little more smoothly is to pack a pet moving kit. Fill up a bag with your pet’s favorite toys and treats, and have their food easily-accessible.
Doing this not only makes your pet more comfortable in the beginning phase of a move, but it also makes it easier for you. You can focus on all the big stuff without having to worry if your pet will have everything they need.
Pet-Proof your New Place
Now that you’ve started to unpack and are working to make your place all cozy, it’s time to begin the pet-proofing. It’s a new environment, so expect your pet to be curious. Pet-Proofing means making sure that your new space is safe and secure for your pet to explore.
Make sure that you have tucked away any loose wires or cords that may be hanging out, and store away all cleaning supplies and chemicals that your pet could get into. Look into designating a specific room to hold all the moving boxes and block it off from your pet, or maybe throw up some pet gates. By pet-proofing your space, your pet gets the opportunity to explore their new home freely, and you don’t have to worry about them getting into any trouble!
Settling into Your New Home
An unfamiliar place can be stressful for a pet. Once all the boxes get unpacked and your new place starts to feel more like a home you’ll notice your pet start to settle in. If you sense that your pet is struggling to acclimate to your new home, try allowing them to adjust to one room. Fill this room with all of their belongings: favorite toys, food and water, their bed. Once you can tell that they are feeling more comfortable you can introduce them to more rooms.
If at all possible, try to stay home as much as you can within the first couple of days of the move. Your pet will feel much safer with you by their side. Cuddle up with your furry friend and enjoy your new home.
By using these tips and tricks, you and your pet’s move will be a breeze. The easier the move the faster your and your pet get to cuddle up and enjoy your new place! The Talons Group is passionate about making your life transitions as smooth as possible. Call us today and we will help you and your pet find your perfect home!