Moving into a new place can be exciting; your pet may not exactly see it that way. For animals, a new setting can be accompanied with loads of unfamiliarity and uncertainty, which can be an incredibly nerve-wracking time. With these pieces of advice, you can help put them in a much more comfortable state-of-mind as you enter this new chapter in both of your lives.
Keep old routines
For animals and humans alike, the unknown can be quite stressful. Abandoning an environment that your pet has grown accustom to means potentially losing the level comfort they had developed in that area. One way to regain that feeling of ease is by creating a familiar space by keeping old habits and routines you previously had with your pet. If possible, try to keep similar arrangements of their belongings and make sure your pet walks, eats and sleeps at the same times as before you moved. A consistency in their day-to-day schedule can do wonders in helping them adjust to their new home.
Refrain from buying all new
When moving into a new home, it can be tempting to want to refurnish your new place upon arrival. However, immediately doing so can be a considerable burden to your pet's wellbeing. As previously mentioned, it is imperative that you create a familiar space in order to ease the transition and by keeping objects that your pet is comfortable with, you make them feel more secure in their new environment. If you are able to hold off on buying that new sofa for a little while, your pet will greatly appreciate it.
Moving is without a doubt a very time-consuming event as it feels as though you're constantly unloading boxes and arranging all your stuff. With that being said, it is important to remember to give your pet loads of attention in the process. Try to be home from work the first week in order to spend time together. If that's not possible, having anyone stop by for a bit of interaction with them will significantly decrease their anxiety of being left alone in unfamiliar territory.
Perhaps the most crucial advice when helping your pet settle into your new place is simply to be patient. Not all animals will adapt to their surroundings at similar speeds and it is important to remember that it may take some time for your furry friend to feel comfortable again. All you can do is try to make the transition as smooth as possible and to treat them with care as you both start your life in your new home.