How to help your pet feel at home in a new apartment

Jan 15, 2019

Moving can be a stressful experience for people and their pets. Timbercreek Communities wants to help you make the transition a smooth one for your furry family members. Here are some tips for how to help your pet feel at home in a new apartment.

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Same Old Routine

Consistency is key when helping your pal cope with big change. Make sure you keep as many of their old routines intact as possible. This means everything from their feeding schedule, location of food dishes and litter box, walks, playtime and cuddling schedule. You may want to add in a few extra cuddle sessions, just to keep them from feeling anxious.

Pack Their Bags, Too

Moving is difficult enough, so it may be tempting to toss your best friend's stuff and buy them a brand new bed and new toys once you get to the new place. With so much change going on all around them, your pet may crave their comfy old stuff (and the aroma of the old place) more than the excitement of new things. Too much change can be confusing and stressful. Having some of their familiar stuff around can make them feel more comfortable in the new space.

Plan For Your Pet

Every pet has their own personality and will deal with the big change of moving differently. Some pets may love all the new things they have to explore. Others won’t feel like they’re on solid ground. They will look to you for support. This may mean they need to be around you more, or it could mean they would prefer the confined space of their crate, or even a leftover moving box. Make sure they have a safe spot, away from precarious packed and stacked boxes and suitcases. Particularly sensitive pets may be better off staying at a familiar friend’s place until you’ve unpacked and things have settled down a bit.

Get Help

If your pet is having trouble adjusting, it doesn’t mean they are badly behaved or that the situation won’t work. They may need more time to explore and settle in before they feel comfortable. If unwanted behaviour persists, give them more love, and seek assistance from a professional trainer or a veterinarian. Getting down on the floor with them to play can help get your familiar scent down on their level and spread it around the house quickly.

Moving can be tricky for everyone. With a little planning, patience and a lot of love, you can help make their transition to a new home a smooth one.

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