So, you’ve got a new home, moved all your things in, and stocked up on the necessary items. Now it’s time to welcome your pet into their new environment. But this can be much easier said than done. Pets will need some time to get adjusted to their new surroundings and may not adjust as easily as you hoped. Every pet is different, and it might take some quality time before they can feel completely comfortable – especially if previous owners also had pets. But there are some things you can do to help make this transition a better one. Check out our top 6 tips on helping your pet adjust to your new home.
Find Their Safe Place
Your pet will probably head to an area of the home where they feel most comfortable with when they first arrive. Set up their bed, favourite toy, and blanket in this area, making it their own space. This will give them a place they can retreat to when they are feeling overwhelmed with everything going on around them. Make them feel as comfortable as possible until they feel up to venturing around the home.
Show Them The Area
As soon as possible, start showing your pet around the inside of the home, the outside perimeter, and also throughout the neighbourhood. This will help them get used to their new and unfamiliar area. For dogs, start taking them on walks and discover where they feel most comfortable going. This will help you set up a daily routine, allowing them to get used to the area and see that it’s not so scary.
When under stress, your pet may try to run away. Take precautions when letting them outside by keeping them on the leash until you can feel confident that they won’t run through an open door or fence. And don’t forget to get a new ID tag with your new contact details just in case.
Being in a new home will be stressful and scary for your pet. They will need to adjust to all the new smells, sounds and people they see near the home. You may want to set up some pads around the house in case they become nervous, and an accident happens. They may also have difficulty eating at first, so don’t switch their food right away, try to keep them on the same diet as before. The more similarities that you can provide from your previous home, the faster your pet will adjust.
Visit The Vet Early
Odds are you’ll have a new vet for your furry friend after you move. Take them around to the clinic as soon as possible and introduce your pet to the new veterinarian. It will allow your pet some time to become more comfortable in the space before they need to return for their checkup or any medical concerns.
Spend Quality Time With Them
Moving can be a whirlwind of stress and often your pet doesn’t get the attention they are used to when you’re focused on unpacking, which can cause them even more anxiety and grief with the recent changes. Instead, keep your pet with you when you’re organizing so they can see that everything is okay, and give them some quality attention by playing with them every few hours, so they don’t feel neglected.
Moving is a big change, especially for a pet. Helping your pet adjust to your new home will take time and patience. Just remember that although it might be an exciting new chapter for you, it’s often a scary one for them. So keep them close, play with them often and show them that everything is okay.