Moving comes with a lot of stresses, big and small. For pet owners, making sure your furry friends are safe and sound during the move and adjust well to their new home is a big priority. The good news is, moving with a pet doesn't have to be stressful! Our REALTORS® share 7 tips for relocating with a pet that will make the move much more manageable, and help your pet learn to love your new home.
- Get them used to the kennel before the move
If you're using a kennel or pet carrier to move your pet, it's a good idea to make sure they're comfortable inside it. Train them to sleep inside the kennel using treats as a reward. If they love their kennel, being inside it during the trip will make them much more comfortable.
- Don't forget to play with your pet as you prepare to move
It's important to take time out of your day to play with your pet and keep to their routines as moving day approaches. Pets can detect when their owners are stressed about something as significant as moving, and disruptions to their daily schedules might exacerbate their own stress. Taking the time to play with and exercise your pet like you always do will help alleviate their stress and yours.
- Stock up on creature comforts
It's important to make sure your pet has toys to play with, or other objects that can help them destress during the trip. For dogs, chew toys are a good stress reliever; for cats, a favorite blanket, or other item they can sleep on can bring a lot of comfort.
- Keep your pet contained until you are fully moved out and in
When moving it's easy for a pet to slip undetected out of an open door. It's a good idea to keep your pet contained in a large room or yard where you can be assured of their whereabouts until everything has been relocated to a moving van. When moving in, keep your pet in their kennel or in a room that stays shut until everything has been moved.
- Pet-proof your new home
Before letting your pet out into the new home, make sure it's safe. Remove any plants that might be toxic. Only open windows if they have screens that are securely in place. Tape any loose electrical cords to the base of the wall. Lastly, make sure there are no anti-pest poisons or traps lying around the house.
- Establish a room where they can acclimate
Moving into a new house is a lot for a pet to handle. Pick a room and put their bedding down there. For cats, move their litter box and (if you own one) cat tree as well. Give them time to get used to the room; soon they'll get curious about exploring the rest of the house.
- Give your pet ample time to explore
Exploring their new surroundings is essential for a pet who has just moved. Let them explore the house at their leisure. Take your dog on walks that allow them to see as much of the new neighborhood as possible. Once your pet is used to their surroundings, they'll feel right at home.
If you are interested in moving to the Southport area, our agents will help you find your pick of Southport homes for sale, and set you up with the perfect new home for you and your pet. If you want to learn more, contact us!