When you move into a new home, you know that you’ll soon be making lots of new memories there with your family. For your pet, however, a move can be confusing and even scary. The good news is that you can take steps to make the transition easier on your pet. After you schedule a time for your packers and movers in Phoenix to come to your house, read through the following tips so you’ll be prepared to help your pet adjust to your new house.
Prepare Your Pet
If you are hiring a moving company to help you relocate to a new town, it’s a good idea to get all of your pet’s medical records from your current veterinarian’s office. You may also want to schedule a check-up for your pet, especially if you will be completing a long-distance move that requires a long road trip or a flight. If you will be transporting your pet in a carrier, introduce the carrier a few days or even weeks in advance to help your pet get used to it. If you have a dog, you can begin investigating dog-friendly areas in your new neighborhood. If you are moving locally, consider bringing your dog to visit a park near your new home so that there will be a familiar place to visit once you’ve completed your move.
Bring Familiar Items
When you are packing a bag for yourself with a few changes of clothes, your toiletries, and other items you’ll need in your new house right away, take the time to pack a few items for your pet as well. A favorite toy and comfy bed that your pet is familiar with will help your pet feel more comfortable during the first few days at your new home. Ask your moving service to set these items aside so that they will be easy to access when you arrive.
Let Your Pet Get Comfortable
Once you and your movers arrive at your new home, inspect your house to ensure that there are no areas where your pet will be able to escape or injure himself. Then, allow your pet to explore the new house. If you have a cat, let him take his time with this and do not worry if he spends some time hiding. You may want to designate one room as a sanctuary for your cat—just pick a quiet area of the home and put his bed and food there. If you have a dog, walk him around your new home and yard on a leash to keep him from getting overexcited.