Moving into a new place isn’t an easy task. It can be stressful for people, so just imagine how anxious it can make your pets. It’s because pets can easily get stressed out when there’s unexpected changes in their surroundings or when they’re introduced to a new environment. It’s important to consider a pet-friendly neighbourhood when looking for a new home.

Remember that your pet’s current home isn’t just a home; it’s a territory. For instance, cats are sensitive animals that prefer to stay in an environment that they’re already familiar with. Dogs on the contrary can adjust much more to different environments. 

Whether you own a cat or a dog, maintaining their scheduled routine after household moving’s important in helping them adapt to their new environment quickly. 

Moving with Pets: Tips for Success

Follow these tips before, during, and after moving day to address your pet’s anxiety and help make the experience a bit milder.

What to do before the move?

The first step to prepare your pets for moving day is to introduce them to the carrier, regardless of how far or near you’re moving. Carriers can make your pets feel safer during the trip. Introduce the idea of a carrier to your pets by putting a blanket and treats inside with the door left open. Now that they’re comfortable with the carrier, the next move’s to familiarize your pets with car travel. Gradually take them along on rides of 10 to 20 minutes until they get used to sights and sounds associated with car travel.

While you’re packing your belongings into boxes, let your pets curiously sniff around, allowing them to get involved with the process. Isolating your pets into a room by themselves while the rest of the family packs and prepares for household moving will only add to their anxiety.

What to do on moving day?

On moving day, your pet’s carrier or crate’s a great place to stay on the ride over to your new home. Depending on the weather, the bathroom’s the next best choice for pets still curious about the new environment. Ensure to leave your pets with food and water while the rest of the family’s unpacking for the new place.

If the move’s long-distance, plan your drive to include stop over pet-friendly hotels. If the trip involves air travel, inquire with the airline about their pet travel requirements and policies. Normally, you’ll need to secure a copy of your pet’s veterinarian records in your carry-on luggage.

What to do after the move?

Spend time with your pets as soon as your boxes have been unloaded at your new home. Get your pets right back into regular routines, activities and meals. The goal’s to help them get adjusted to their new normal as soon as possible. Studies suggest that placing your clothes on their sleeping mats can help your pets to easily adapt. Keep your pets inside until they get comfortable with the new environment. Leaving music playing when you’re out will also help block out unfamiliar sounds. Even if you’ve moved a few blocks away, your pets will still need their identification tags with updated new addresses. 

What if they’re still not coping well?

Don’t expect that your pets will completely adjust to their new surroundings after household moving immediately. Be patient. It can take up to a couple of weeks or even months for them to completely adapt to their new surroundings. Among the signs of pet anxiety’s having the fear of going outside after several weeks of moving in. This issue should be further addressed by talking to a veterinarian so they can devise a course of treatment.

Make your Pets Feel Comfortable at Home

Pets are indeed part of the family and it’s important to ensure that they’re comfortable in their new home. If your pet’s anxiety continues over time, be sure to seek additional support.

Moving into a new home with pets will involve additional challenges such as finding new local vets if you’re moving out of the area. Inform your vet so that you can take any records and prescription medications with you. Ask if they can refer another vet in your new neighbourhood and include this consideration when seeking help from your realtor. 

Daisy Raouph’s a mortgage broker and financial security advisor equipped with over 30 years of experience in mortgage and financial services. Based just outside the Greater Toronto Area, Daisy could help you find pet-friendly neighbourhoods with the best vets nearby. Talk to Daisy today to help you get started on your home buying journey.