Moving into a new home can be exciting yet overwhelming to new owners and their pets. There’s so much to do and see in your new location, but it’s important to try and settle in first – for you and your furry friends.
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Here are a few tips to help make your new home pet-friendly!
Keeping your pet safe should be your first concern when relocating. It’s important to secure the perimeter of the yard if your dogs are going to be spending time outside. Cats tend to be more alert and skittish when moving into an unfamiliar place, so to help them adjust, try and keep them confined to one room at first. Once they seem more relaxed, gradually open the rest of the home for them to explore.
Unpack Familiar Items
Help your pets feel more at home by unpacking familiar objects, such as their beds and toys. Putting these items in common areas of the home, where they can easily come across them, will help make them comfortable with the space. Decluttering your spaces will also help them find their own cozy corner or window perch where they can feel safe and sound.
Establish a Routine
Place food and water bowls in an area that is accessible to your pets and not just thrown about or constantly changing. By keeping bowls in the same location, and making a regular feeding schedule, your pet will feel more calm. It’s also a good idea to devote plenty of time to walking, exercising, and playing to help nervous dogs and cats burn off extra energy.
Get to Know the Neighborhood
Taking your dog for a walk helps them get a lay of the land and start to feel connected to their new territory. Typically, outdoor cats should have some supervision on their first few outings to make sure they know where home base is. Being out with your pets not only helps them, but you as well, with getting to know your area and neighbors.
Research the Local Area
If you’re used to taking your furry friend out with you, get to know pet-friendly spots in your local area and scope out nearby pet stores and dog parks. Also, knowing where the nearest vet is and local vaccine rules can help you be prepared in case of an emergency and help keep your pet happy and healthy.
By following these tips, your pets should feel comfortable in your new home in no time! However, remember that no matter where you move, to your pet, home is wherever you are.