While moving and adjusting to your new home and neighborhood can be stressful for you, it is even more so for your pets. Pets are creatures of habit. The environment that they are used to is more than just their home; it is also their marked territory. Cats are more sensitive to moves than dogs and prefer to remain in an environment in which they are already familiar with. Dogs tend to adjust more readily than cats.
To make the moving and adjustment process easier for your pets, especially if you have not done travel with your pet before, you have to start preparing them before the move. Train them to be comfortable in a pet carrier, especially if they have not been in one before. The next thing you need to do once they’ve gotten used to the carrier will be to familiarize them with car travel. Start with short 15-minute rides, and then make the rides longer.
This will help them get used to the sights and sounds associated with road travel and reduce their anxiety when the time comes for the move. If you are traveling to another country, it will be beneficial to use the services of a professional moving agency to help smooth out the process. These agencies will not just make movement easy for you but for your pets also.
There are some regulations about pet entering some countries that you need to be aware of too. For instance, if you are moving to Australia with pets, your pets will be quarantined for 10 days during which period series of tests and certificates will be acquired for your pets. The process can be exhausting. However, planning your move with Ausmove will ensure good care of your pets and make sure that they undergo a stress-free entry and transition.
After you have arrived at your destination, you should observe some basic principles to help your pets readily adjust to your new home.
Maintain your normal routine
Sticking to the routine your pets are already used to is very important after a move. They will be able to get acclimated more easily when you maintain the same schedule for meals, grooming, walking, and bedtime. Pets make more sense of their day with these routines. The more you are able to keep to routines while you are settling in, the easier it will be for your beloved pets to adjust to the change of environment.
Bring your pet’s favorites along
It might sound like a good idea to get new things for your pet to go with the new home and the change of environment. The opposite is actually the case. This is not a good time to introduce your pet to new items. They will feel more comfortable when you bring along things that they are already used to – food and water dishes, toys, bed, treats, and other favorites. Place these items in similar positions as they were at your former place.
Keep them safe
It is possible for your pet to get overwhelmed, scared, and upset by the new situation and so many moving boxes lying around. They may hide or run away. It is, therefore, important to plan for their safety during the move and the acclimatization process. Before you set out on your journey, please make sure that your pet has its identification well secured. After your arrival, provide a comfortable area for them and find out if there are any aggressive animals in the neighborhood. Also, check if there is anything in and around the vicinity that may be hazardous for your pet.
The behavior of your pets might change for a while during the acclimatization period. They may isolate themselves, eat very little, stop doing certain behaviors, etc. It is important to be patient with them during this time because it is just a response to the new environment. Give them enough time and space to adjust fully. This is especially so for cats.
Take anti-anxiety measures
The more secure your animal friends feel during the transition process, the better able they will be to adjust. Being around more during the first few days or weeks will help them feel safer. Some animals may prefer to hide away for a while some may prefer to stay at your side. Find out your pet’s preferences and treat them accordingly. You should also think of other ways to ensure that they are comfortable. Having them stay with a friend or family member during the time your house is still undergoing work and a lot of people are moving around will help to keep them less stressed. You should also consider getting an anti-anxiety prescription from your vet, use a zen collar, or even put on some calming music.
Help them let out energy
This is especially so for dogs. Pent up energy can lead to heightened stress levels. Regular exercise can help keep their anxiety down. The more energy they let out, the more stress free they will be and able to adjust to their new environment more easily.
Be around more for the first few days
It is important to stick around more often during the time your pets are trying to adjust. Being in a new environment, your presence will be the most reassuring thing they know. Don’t leave them alone in the house for a considerable length of time, especially during the first 2-3 days.