Moving to a new home is a big deal for everyone in the family, including your pet (or perhaps pets). The packing, planning and general chaos causes stress to all, including your pets. Here are some tips that may help.
Before You Move
Check in with your veterinarian. If you are moving a distance and will be looking for a new veterinarian, ask for a recommendation for a vet in your new neighbourhood.
- Be sure your pet’s tags are current and with the new address. In the confusion pets can get confused and run off. They don’t know how to find their way to the new home.
- Have your pet micro chipped. Or, get a GPS collar. This way you can promptly locate a lost friend.
- Keep your pet’s medical records handy as well as medications and licensing information. Don’t pack these where thay are hard to find!
Carefully plan the move. If possible, move your pets in one trip and directly. The fewer stops and interruptions they have, the better. Obviously they should be restrained with kennels or carriers or harnesses during the move.
- It can be a good idea to take your pet on short car rides while being restrained, before the move.
- Keep your pet in a safe area limiting exposure to heavy traffic while you load and unload.
- Make sure you have food at your new home and water for the trip (and maybe a favourite toy). If the trip is long, stop often to give them a drink and, well, you know. This also helps to reduce their stress – and yours!
- Once the movers have come and gone, introduce your furry friend to their new environment, one room at a time, ending with their pet HQ. This allows them to feel comfortable in their new home while establishing a new sleeping place.
- Once you are in your new home and the movers have gone, introduce your pet to their new home. Take them through every room and show them their new room with their bed and toys.
Finally, Explore the New Territory
Take your pets for a walk around the neighbourhood. Explore the nearby parks and off leash areas (dogs) and other pet friendly areas. That’s it! You and your furry friends are now ready to enjoy your new home.
(Just a sidebar here. The beautiful cat in the picture ate the top of the page is my Mom's cat. Mom is getting on in years and is finding it hard to look after Penny. So, if you know someone who might like to have a new friend, Penny is avaialable to a good home. She comes with all medical records food, toys etc. Give me a call!)