Moving house is a stressful ordeal. Changing your environment is not just hard on you but also on your beloved pet. Changing a pet’s environment can make them feel unsure which can lead to behavioural issues. Some animals absorb their owner’s emotions: if you feel anxious, they may be jumpy; if you feel scatter brained, they may feel insecure. Other issues that can arise includes suddenly being territorial, hiding, cowering away or simply just sleeping more than usual.
Here are ways to help your dog or cat:
Pack your furry friend’s belongings in a clearly labelled, separate box to ensure you know exactly what’s in the box and you don’t have to dig through millions of things to set up their bowl and bed in the new home.
Stick to a schedule
Pets are creatures of habit. Stick to your usual routine when it comes to feeding, walks, playtime and bedtime. If your pooch is used to using a doggy door, immediately set one up at the new house. If your cat is used to outdoor time, use a leash initially for safety purposes and to keep him from running away.
Bring their favourites
Now is not the time to spoil Rufus with a new ball. When playing with your animal, ensure it’s with one their old and favourite toys. New toys and a new house can overwhelm them.
Keep anxiety to a minimum
Help your pet make the transition. Some animals feel most at ease when they are near you, no matter what you’re doing. Others will do better sleeping in their crates and being away from all the madness. Other pets might do best if they stay with a family member or friend while you unpack. The more secure they feel, the better they’ll adapt to their new environment.
Allow them to sniff around their new home and to explore a bit in the garden. Their behaviour may change temporarily, including eating and potty habits. They need time to get used their new home, just as you do.
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