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Moving With Your Pet
Posted on : 03/10/2015 07:02:15 PM

Moving can be stressful for both you and your pet. While you, obviously, understand the process your pet does not. They may see you packing boxes, but they have no idea what is going on. Some may even think you have decided to build them an awesome cardboard box empire in your living room. While some pets are adaptable and are perfectly happy as long as their food and toys come with them, others may have a harder time adapting to new places. Here are three tips for getting a stressed out pet use to their new home.

First, make sure they have a comfortable place in your new home similar to the one they had in your old home. For example, if their bed was near a window in your old home, make sure that you set their bed up in a similar location in your new house. If their toys were always kept in a pet toy box, make sure that you continue to use that method. These little familiarities will help your pet feel more at home.

Second, stick to their routine. Just like you, your pet falls into a routine. They are creatures of habit and, considering they have already been displaced from their once familiar environment, it is important that you try to stick to their old routine as much as possible. The easiest way to do this is stick to their familiar feeding and walking schedule.

Third, take them with you to explore. Some pets may get very nervous in a new place if they are left alone, especially right away. You can help calm this anxiety and diminish their fear of abandonment by taking them on little pet friendly adventures around your new town. Try going to a park or even just for a walk around your new neighborhood.

The truth is, for your pet a move goes something like this. They wake up in their familiar home, they go for a ride in the car, and then they end up in a completely new house with unfamiliar smells. This process can lead to stress in your pet and, in some cases, can even cause them to start engaging in destructive behaviors. These three steps can help your pet feel a little more at ease in their new home. 

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