We’ve talked about what to do with your pets on moving day. We’ve even talked about how to move your pets, but what should you do once you’ve moved, and your pets are freaking out about all the strange smells and the strange floor plan?
There’s good news and bad news. The bad news is that the first few days might be a bit stressful. The good news is that pets generally adapt fairly quickly. Here are some tips to make your furbabies adapt even more quickly.
Don’t Do Laundry
This might seem a little insane, and we’re not suggesting you send your kids to school with dirty clothes, but we are suggesting that you hold off on washing your pet’s bedding, and clothing if applicable. While you’re not washing your pet’s bedding, you might also want to leave a dirty t-shirt or two out of the wash. Your pet will like as many familiar smells as possible.
Don’t wait until you’re settled to explore dog parks and hiking trails. Your dog needs you more than ever, and there’s nothing that says “I love you” to a dog better than spending quality time together.
Everything Your Pet Loves
Your dog might have some separation anxiety after the move. If hiring a dog walker, or leaving your dog in daycare isn’t an option, give your buddy lots of chew toys. Fill a Kong with peanut butter or cheese. Your furniture and shoes will thank you later. Leave your cat’s favorite toys and treats as well.
Talk to Them
Your cat might hide in a closet or under the bed for a couple of days. That’s normal. That doesn’t mean you should give up on him, though. Talk to him in a soothing voice. It might not bring him out right away, but it will help make him feel as though the new home is his.
Don’t Change Their Routine
When you’re in the middle of a move, it’s easy to throw routine out the window, but it’s important that you keep your pets in their routine. Feed them at their normal time. If you’re moving to a different timezone, gradually get them used to the new time, perhaps by moving their feeding time by 15 minutes each week.