We bet you’re excited to spend your first day in your new home. With it comes a buzz of excitement and the relief of a welcome fresh start. It is like starting a new chapter of your life or rather starting afresh if you’re shifting to a completely new vicinity. You probably may take some time to develop your new routine and get immune to it. Similarly, your pet is habituated to a particular surrounding and when you move to a new place, it becomes all the more tricky for them to adjust to their surroundings. Following are some of the ways through which you can help your pet to accept this transition-
Although you may love to design your room with modern décor but when it comes to your pet it is not the best time to do so. You may be excited to décor your pet’s room but this is not the perfect time for changes. Instead, bring in your pet’s favourite toys, bed, water, food dishes and other familiar items. This will help your pet feel at home and in control.
Patience is the key
Let your pets take their time and sniff around their new digs. Allow them to explore on their own. If you notice that they are hiding then it’s completely fine for a while. Let them take their time and come out when ready. There is a possibility and you may notice changes in their eating and potty habits. You may also notice behavioural changes but do not get anxious about it. Some pets need additional time to adjust to their new surroundings as we humans do. Therefore, be patient and do not take decisions in haste as it may not go well with you as well as your pet.
Considering the above points, it is equally important to stick to your pet’s routine. Follow your daily schedule of walks, feeding, cuddling, playtime and bedtime. If you have been using particular pet grooming equipment stick to it as changing it at this point can be tricky for your dog. You can always consult a reliable company as they offer you better and safe equipment. If your dog uses a doggy door then set them in your new place as well. If your pet has a specific outdoor time where you go on walk with your dog then go for it. You can carry a leash for initial few days just in case they run away or as a safety purpose.
Changes in your pet’s behaviour may make you feel anxious but there are ways in which you can ease this pain for the both of you. In such situations, some pets stick around you while others may just madly move around. While you are actually shifting furniture and other belongings you can keep your pet at a friend’s place until you are settled. This will make it easier for them to accept changes. Additionally, if you are moving to a completely new area with a different weather condition your pet may take time to adjust to it.
Before you actually move, probably during packing look into safety aspects of your pet in the new home. There are some animals who feel scared and upset at a new spot. You can instead bring them to your new home once you get rid of all the boxes and suitcases. Usually, pets hide or run away in such circumstances therefore it is wise to have a secured spot where they feel comfortable and can hide. Familiarise your pet with your contact information, identification and also significant copies of veterinarian records. You must also check your vicinity before you bring in your pet as to whether there are any other pets in your surroundings. If you note of any aggressive animal presence in your vicinity make provision to protect your pet in the yard and home.
When you have moved to a new place, settling in may be difficult for you as well, but do not miss-out on spending time with your pet. Give your pet all the love and time that you used to give them earlier. This way, you both will grow familiar to your surroundings and enjoy each other’s company.
If you feel sad or disappointed at any point, then remember the unconditional love bestowed on you by your pet. It will surely make both you and your adorable little friend feel much better afterwards.