Tips for Acclimating Pets After a Move

With so much involved when moving from one destination to another, settling in once you get there can take on its own sense of urgency. No doubt you want to make it feel like home as quickly as possible. Yet, there may be one family member that doesn’t share your enthusiasm – your pet.

Pets feel safe in the world you create for them, and when it changes suddenly, stress can set in. But on the other hand, it may take just a few days or months to feel secure in their new surroundings.

Be sure to watch for signs of stress, such as barking or meowing more than usual, hiding, refusing to eat, or relieving themselves on the new floors or carpets, even though you take your dog for a walk or set up litter boxes for the cats.

Even if your pet doesn’t show outward signs of stress, it may still have trouble adjusting to its new environment. To help, here are some tips for acclimating your pet after a household move.

Make Extra Time Just for Your Pet

Spend time in the new home with your pet. Pet and hug them as much as possible and speak softly, introducing them to all the nooks and crannies. Avoid leaving your pet alone in the new space for long periods in the beginning. Too many changes at once can cause pets to slip into depression and even suffer separation anxiety.

Create Spaces for Your Pets

One of the first things to do in the new location is to set up a spot for your pet to feel safe as you unpack and organize your belongings. Place a pet bed or familiar blanket or rug along with their toys here.

In another spot, set up their feeding area. If you have cats, determine where to put the litter box. Find spaces that are similar to where these were in your former home.

Let Pets Wander at Their Own Pace

Let your pets go at their own pace, wandering around the new home and sniffing whatever interests them. Most pets use their sense of smell to survey their surroundings. They also like to leave their scent in places by rubbing against them. 

Cats usually do better in one room at a time before exploring the whole house.

Keep a Consistent Routine

Recreate your regular schedule in the new location, feeding, walking, and playing with your pet as you did in your old home. Consistency can lessen stress and let them adjust to other changes. Keep feeding them the same foods and set up their water dish or fountain in place out of the way.

When it comes down to what your pet wants the most in stressful times like a move — it’s you. So let them curl up on your lap, bring out one of their favorite toys, or run around with them in the backyard.

Lower the Stress of the Moving Experience

You have enough to worry about when moving and then acclimating yourself and your pets to your new home. Contact us to find out how we can help with your move.