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Help Your Pet Transition to a New Home
to a new home can sometimes be hard on children, who must say goodbye
to their friends and the place where they grew up. But a move can also
be traumatic to your pets.
As a caring pet parent, it’s important to make sure that the transition doesn’t harm your four-legged family members.
Pets such as dogs and cats rely on routine and familiar surroundings,
so being yanked from a home and brought to a new place may cause
behavioral changes, such as a loss of appetite, less desire to interact,
and moping about. Spend some extra time with your pet when you move in
to help them get comfortable with their new environment.
Pet experts recommend that you create a pet-friendly space filled
with your pet’s favorite blanket and toys once you move in. Make sure
they know where their food is and for cats, where the litter box is
located. Even pets like birds, rabbits or guinea pigs can be impacted,
so try to spend some time with them and make sure they know that new
surroundings don’t mean their owner is leaving them.
Remember, when you move to a new home, your pet won’t be familiar to
neighbors, so make sure they are fitted with collars and ID tags with
your name and current cell-phone number. Microchipping is also a good
idea and can serve as a trusty back-up if your pet gets lost.
For pet owners with more exotic pets, look into the pet laws and
regulations of the city and state you are moving to. For instance, if
you own a monkey or reptile, you might need a special permit. Zoning
laws can even prohibit certain animals, as well.
Getting your pet to your new home can sometimes be a challenge. Not
all pets love cars and carsickness is common, so check with your vet
about any medications or feeding requirements before making a long
journey. If you’ll be on the road for more than a day, be sure to find
pet-friendly hotels before you start out so there are no problems when
it’s time to stop for the night.
Most pet owners already treat their pets like members of the family,
so don’t forget about their needs when a move is made. A happy and
healthy pet can make any move go more smoothly.
I hope you found this information helpful. Contact us for your real estate needs today!