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Safeguard Your Pets: 5 Tips For A Safe And Comfortable Move

Updated: Jul 14, 2023

pets playing in yard
Moving can be stressful for people and pets

Moving to a new home is stressful for everyone, including your furry family members. While you may be focused on new jobs, schools, and neighbors, it's important to remember that Fido and Bella are feeling the pressure too.

When they see suitcases come out, they most likely get anxious. When boxes are packed and their familiar home is emptied, they can become confused and frightened. This is especially true for rescues with troubled pasts. Don't forget to give your pets extra love and care during this transition.

Safeguard Your Pets: 5 Tips For A Safe And Comfortable Move

1. Choosing Your New Home Looking for a new home but don't want to compromise your beloved pet's happiness? Here are some things to keep in mind.

porch potty on balcony
Having a "familiar" place to go potty helps lessen stress of moving on pets

For dog owners, consider whether there's enough space to install a doggy door and if there's access to a yard. While confinement-friendly porch potties can be an option, not every dog will take to them.

For cat owners, make sure there's enough vertical space for your feline friend to climb and play. Check for a safe outdoor area for them to explore and whether there's enough room for their litter box.

2. Packing Up Your Home Moving can be stressful for everyone, especially your furry friends. Cats, in particular, are not fond of change. But never fear, there are ways to help them adjust to their new home. Keep them in a quiet, familiar space with the door shut, or introduce your empty boxes into the home a few days before packing them up. This gives your cat time to familiarize themselves with the new scents and avoid feeling overwhelmed.

3. Traveling with Pets

kitty in pet carrier
Practice spending time in the crate before your move with your pet

Ease your non-crate-trained animals into the idea of being in a crate before your move by giving them time to explore it and grow comfortable. Start with placing their food bowls inside while the door remains open, gradually working up to brief periods with the door closed.

Offer positive reinforcement such as treats and snuggles when they exit the crate. Once they've become accustomed to being inside, take them for a short drive around the block each day. After a few weeks, their transition to a new home will feel much easier - for both of you!

4. Ensure Pets Safety In Your New Home!

oleander can be toxic to animals
Toxic plants may may your pet ill, or even cause death. Be sure to check out your new surroundings well

Moving into a new home can be thrilling, but don't let your excitement cause you to forget about Bella and Fido. They'll be exploring along with you, so keep an eye out for any potential hazards.

Check for areas where they could sneak out, secure tempting cords and tight spaces, and inspect cabinets and backyard areas for rodent traps or poison. And, don't forget to keep any toxic plants far out of reach.

Let's make sure our pets stay safe and happy in their new home!

5. Home Sweet Home When you arrive at your new home, create a safe, quiet area for your furry friends to relax and adjust to their surroundings. Once things are settled, start their exploration slowly - one room at a time.

During the first few days, keep their food, water, and litter box close by. But as they get more comfortable, set up permanent feeding and litter areas so they know where to go. After they've settled in, introduce them to the rest of your home and put away their crates.

With these tips, you and your pets can enjoy your new home in no time! Congratulations! You've successfully moved with pets!



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