Moving day is an exciting and emotionally charged day, whether your new destination is a place you want to go to or simply have to move to. Whatever the situation, this change in the norm is sure to frazzle your pet, before, during, and after the move. If you have a plan in place to help your lovable friend cope, then you’ll both manage nicely in the new digs. These pet care tips can help you make the move.
1. Maintain a Routine
Food, walks, play, naps – pets have relatively simple lives, and the routine that you have established with your pet is important to them. Neither of you may realize just how important the routine is until it’s disturbed. With plenty of boxes all over the place, furniture getting moved around, and favorite spots disappearing, your pet could start acting up. Whatever you can do to maintain the norm with your pet is worth it to help curb any acting up, going to the bathroom in the wrong places, aggressive behavior, withdrawn behavior, or a refusal to eat.
2. Watch Your Attitude
Moves are stressful, and you will no doubt be pushed to your limit a few times throughout the whole experienced. Your pet knows you well – very well. And if you’re feeling stressed or worried more often than not, your pet will sense these moods. While your dear friend might at first spend time trying to make you feel better with more playtime or snuggle time, if you ignore his efforts or continue to operate under a cloud of anxiety, don’t be surprised if your pet acts out simply to get your attention or for lack of any other solution.
3. Visit the New Space
If possible, take your pet to visit your new home before you actually move in. Allow your pet to see your excitement about this new territory. And, if you can, leave one of his favorite toys behind so that it’ll be there waiting for him when you return to the new spot permanently. Even if you aren’t able to go inside your place, a trip to the new neighborhood can be extremely beneficial. Dog owners especially understand that your walking routes are part of your pet’s world too, and he wants to feel comfortable with these fresh wide open spaces (or confined spaces, as the case may be).
4. Make a Plan
When the actual moving day arrives, you will have a lot going on, and worrying about your pet is not going to lighten the stress at all. Make plans for your pet to have a sleepover at the home of a trusted friend or family member or, perhaps even better, schedule your pet to stay at a pet boarding facility for a few days prior to and after the move. This will keep your pet out from underfoot, you won’t have to worry about his care while you’re busy taking care of other responsibilities, and you will also have some time to get some things settled in your new home (and do some very important pet-proofing!) so your pet can move in, learn the lay of the land, and stake claim to his new and improved territory.
Of course, it’s important to note that any of unusual behaviors in your beloved pet, while potentially a reaction to his world being drastically altered, are also signs of illness or injury. If your move has come and gone and your pet still isn’t acting “right,” visit the Northpointe Veterinary Hospital, open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for fast and comprehensive care.