If you have ever moved with a pet, I salute you! It truly is its own battle, isn’t it? I remember relocating once from the States to right here in moving company in Toronto, ON with my two four and five year old cats in tow. One was terrified of the passing vehicles and scenery—the entire time—and felt most assured of his personal safety under my legs (which made driving a nightmare). The other had the time of his life every waking second of the trip. He perched himself on top of the driver’s-side headrest and sang at the top of his lungs each time a semi-truck or bird passed by.
So, cheers to those of you with fur babies who have moved or are preparing to move! But, what about after the move, when the moving company has finished their final unload and the reality of a new space is now your present reality? This transitional phase can be a tough one for dogs and cats alike. No matter how much they loved or hated the moving process, they just don’t understand what’s happening and where their familiar smells and sights have gone.
Though, there are six really helpful tips the team at ABS Movers & Storage want to give you to help your furry loved ones adjust. Check these out!
- Talk to your pet(s)
They may not understand what you’re saying, but they do understand socializing and they will find comfort in your calm tones and company. Studies show animals feel included and loved when their owners chat with them often—so be talkative! Used words they’re familiar with and tones they associate with positivity.
- Give them their favorite items
Just as with children (and, some of us adults), animals have comfort items, too. Couch cushions, pillows, a certain blanket or mat they claims as their own—these are all items with familiar smells (including theirs) which will comfort your pet in the new, strange space.
- Establish a routine ASAP
Cats and dogs really depend on a daily routine. So, as soon as you arrive in your new home, seek to establish the routine they had before. This includes an eating schedule, a space to perch or sleep, etc.
- Prioritize them
If you are able, arrange to spend the first several days with your animals to minimize his/her alone time. If you must return to work right away, spend extra time with them in prior to and immediately following work hours.
- Keep them safe
Update identification collars, learn about potential risks in the new neighborhood (children, other dogs or cats roaming around, or environmental hazards). Building confidence in your dog—especially—could go a long way; so, introduce them to neighborhood pets when/if possible right away.
- Be patient and extra loving
It is your job to minimize anxiety during this transitional time. Unpack sooner rather than later, hold off on inviting guests over until the animals seem comfortable in their new environment, and be gracious if there is a potty accident or another issue.
The team here at ABS Movers & Storage hopes you’ve found these 6 tips helpful and look forward to helping you with your future move!
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