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Moving is stressful on every member of your family, even our furry little honorary family members! To prevent undue discomfort to your pets during the moving process, it is important to make sure that you do everything in your power to make the job as simple, straightforward, and streamlined as possible – and make them feel comfortable in the process.
Here is a quick guide to ensure a smooth transition and happy pets on moving day!
Bring your pet to your new home as early and as often as possible before move-in day
Help your pet get acclimated to your new home by bringing them over to your new place as early and as often as possible before you actually make the move in order to get them used to their new surroundings.
There will still be an inevitable “break in” period where your pet will be exploring and discovering their new surroundings for themselves, but introducing them to the new space progressively over a spread out period of time is going to cut down significantly on the stress and anxiety that they may feel.
Create a unique space for your pet that is all their own
If you have a pet that is prone to anxiety, try to dedicate a space in your home that they can feel is their own. It doesn’t have to be a large space, even a small nook would do, but just somewhere that they can keep all of their favourite toys, and perhaps a blanket, etc.
Be there for your pets, especially during the first few nights
The odds are that your pets are going to have their toughest time in your new home during the first few nights. This is when you need to make sure that you are extra sensitive to their emotions. It can be really easy to get caught up in moving tasks and unpacking, but don’t forget to show your pet the love and attention they deserve, especially while they are adjusting!
Your pet is going to lean on you as the “pack leader” to get them through rough times when they are feeling scared and stressed out. If your pet is not having a smooth transition, make sure to give him or her a lot of playful, fun attention and a cozy, safe place to sleep.
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