Moving to a new home can be very upsetting for pets. Dogs and cats can become very anxious in that new home you have purchased. Dogs and cats show their anxiety by cowering in corners, urinating inside the new house, hiding in a variety of places, and even spend time looking for a way to escape that new place.
Owners of cats and dogs can help their fur babies adjust to the new home by employing a few interventions that will make a pet feel comfortable in their new digs.
Bring the Favorite Things
Favorite toys and favorite furniture your pet just loved in the old house must come to the new house too. You can bring one piece of furniture that is a favored piece of your dog or cat. Favorite things carry the scent of your fur baby, and that sent will calm your dog or cat in the strange, new place.
Make It Smell Like You
When your pet chooses a sleeping spot, make that spot smell like you. Leave a piece of your clothing in that spot to provide comfort for your pet. You can even scatter a variety of clothing articles in comfy places throughout the new house. A place that smells like you is a safe place.
Pet-Proof Your New Home
Your new home may have some dangers in it that could harm your pet. Do a thorough check of the new place before moving in and remove or repair anything in the new home that could harm your pet.
Keep Things the Same
Bring the same dog bed, the same food, the same toys, and follow the same playtime and walking schedule that were set in place in the old house. When the routine is the same from house to house, anxiety is lessened for your pet when in the new abode.
Conduct a Tour
When we moved to a new home with our cat Missy, my husband introduced her to each room in the house. She followed behind her pet parent as he went from room to room so that she became familiar with her new digs.
Just in Case
Make sure your pet is wearing tags on his collar that clearly state the new address and possibly a new phone number. Just in case your pet wanders out of sight and becomes lost in the new area, his rescuers will know just where his owners reside.
Off Leash is a Big Mistake
No way can an owner let their dog or cat outside to wander the new neighborhood. Your dog, and even your cat, should only explore the new neighborhood with you holding the leash attached to their harness or collar. Most communities have leash laws. Those laws mean you will get a hefty fine if your dog or cat is found wandering all by itself in the new neighborhood. If dogs and cats are allowed to go out and about without a leash in the new community, then make sure you introduce them, on a leash, to the new area on walks with you before letting them out on their own! You have to assess if the area in which you have your new home has some dangers to your cat or dog and decide whether staying in the new yard with a fence is the safest way your dog can enjoy the outdoors.
A tired dog or cat is a calmer dog or cat in a new home. Make sure you walk that pup of yours and play indoors often with your cat. That exercise and activity will lessen your pet’s anxiety and will make the new place seem like a fun one!
Do Not Leave Your Pet in the Lurch
No way can an owner move their pet to a new home and then go off to work and leave that dog or cat alone in that strange, and often scary place, for 8 to 9 hours all by themselves! You will need to have a friend your dog or cat loves or a family member stay with your pet while you are away from the house. Leaving a pet all alone in a strange place for hours on end is just plain cruel.