There are no official statistics to support the statement that moving is quite a stressful process – but at this point, we don’t really need anyone to tells us that, do we? The majority of us have experienced it already.
So if it has such a strong impact on us, how difficult do you think it is for our pets to handle the mess surrounding the process and the change that comes after? Very. Especially if your loyal companion is a dog or cat.
Can you help them adapt to a new environment easier? Absolutely, and here’s how you do it!
This step is particularly important when you’re looking to settle in an apartment building – don’t forget to check if it is pet-friendly! Not every neighbourhood is as welcoming of the occasional barking that cannot be prevented, or the cat hair many are allergic to.
But even if you’re moving into a house, it is wise to check the vicinity of dog parks, walking trails and beaches where you could take your little furry friend for a run. It is also advisable to take your dog with you when familiarising with the area. That way, even if you do decide to move there, it will be easier for your pet to get used to new surroundings.
Both cats and dogs have a sixth sense when it comes to detecting changes in the environment. They are watching your every move, and if you, all of a sudden, change your entire daily schedule to revolve around packing, they are likely to start panicking.
It is best to stick to the regular routine as much as possible – take them out for a walk, feed them at the same time, and avoid packing their bedding and toys until the very last moment to keep them comforted.
A pet will transition easier if they travel with the owner. But what to do when this is impossible to arrange? Whether you don’t have any more space in the car, or there’s a different reason behind the decision to transport them in another vehicle, remember a few crucial things:
When it comes to cats, they are best to be kept indoors. Also, it is not uncommon for them to stick to one room the first few days, so be sure you keep all of their belongings in one corner of the house. Only after you notice that they act more confident around the house, you can motivate them to explore further by placing treats in areas of your home they are still unfamiliar with.
With dogs, we cannot stress enough the importance of getting back to the usual daily regimen – stick to the old feeding times and a walking routine. Take them around the neighbourhood, one street corner at a time, and allow them to sniff their way to new areas.
For any unusual behaviour, be sure to contact your vet, but don’t worry about their every reaction – it is quite normal for your pet to be a bit stressed about the change. All you can do is ease the transition, on your own or with a bit of help from seasoned professionals.
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