Moving is a downright stressful event not just for you and your kids, but also for your pets. Our furry friends can sense the coming changes. They are (over)sensitive to ambient changes as we are. Leaving them behind is not an option. Definitely not!
How do you go about moving into your new home in Amaia Scapes Lucena, for instance, if you got pets with you?
Did you know, according to animal experts, it takes up to seven days for a dog to get used to a new place? And, for cats? It usually takes up to two months. Shorten their agony.
Below are some practical ways on how to prepare and transfer your pets.
1. Keep your pet safe and comfortable. Moving involves many people. Some are complete strangers like the movers. All the commotion will be troublesome for your pet. Hence, stop wondering if your dog suddenly creeps into unexpected spots such as under the bed or in the kitchen corners. The situation can be too distressful for them.
Confine them in their favorite room or area on the day of the move while you organize and pack your things. Keep checking on them throughout the day, in between packing if you must. You can also ask a friend to pet-sit for a day. Whichever you choose, make sure that they are taken care of.
2. Give them a shotgun ride. If there are very few of them (i.e. a dog), let them take the passenger’s seat. You can also have them sit on your lap throughout the ride. A long trip can be disturbing to some pets.
If you prefer, you may buy a seatbelt adapter for bigger animals or crate (or portable kennel) for smaller ones. You may also purchase a leash or harness but you need to condition your dog, for instance, a few more days before the actual move-in date. Start taking short trips, so they will be accustomed to long trips.
3. Prepare them for the trip. Clip their nails as well before the journey. This will prevent any upholstery damages and unsightly scratches to the car. Prepare your pet’s travel kit which should include the essentials.
Lucena, Quezon is a three to five-hour drive from Manila, so make sure you have the things they’ll need such as food, water, treats, favorite toy, towels and plastic bags. Water is the most important because pets, especially dogs, can become upset due abrupt changes in drinking water routines.
4. Teach your pet some travel manners. This can be easy for dogs and cats. For example, teach them to lie quietly or sit and keep their heads inside the car. Train your dog not to bark at passing vehicles. For cats, they are usually frightened at first but will get more accustomed to car motion faster. If you want, let your cat finds its own place inside the car (but not the trunk or the driver’s area).
Make sure that the car is conducive as well. Keep the car windows rolled up high enough to keep your dog or cat from falling off or jumping. Don’t let your place antagonize people or the places where you planned to stop.
Don’t put your pets in the cargo area or trunk. Proper ventilation will be an issue for sure. This can stress your pet further. A car or van is usually not designed for animal transport even if the pet is inside a cage.
5. Welcome them into their new home. Your pets will also adjust to their new environment the sooner you step inside the new house. Due to unfamiliar scents and sounds, your pets may behave slightly differently. It may show fear or aggression. Be more patient with them. Show them their new spots and be gentle about the whole process.
Keep them confined as well until they become used to the new place. Not doing this may result to wandering off outside and into the new neighborhood. With that said, tag them along while exploring the community.
6. Make it feel like nothing had changed. You can always speed up the acclimation process by using the same blankets, water dispensers, feeders, toys and so forth. Try locating them to their old spots on your previous home. Stick to the schedules as well like morning jogging and afternoon naps.
If you can, extend your play time with them. Stay at home for a few more days. It may be challenging for your pets to get accustomed with the new setting but you will surely notice once your pet settles down. They will eventually become contented and so should you.
Remember these things so you may minimize the relocation anxiety and stress that your pets will experience. Keep them safe and comfortable. Chase the fears away so they will settle sooner than necessary.