According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), approximately 37-47% of all U.S. households own at least one dog, and 30-37% own one or more cats.
Whether you’re a dog or cat person, there’s no denying the fact that pets offer unconditional love and loyalty. Your pet will be there to greet you when you get home after a long day at work, and they’ll stay by your side through thick and thin.
But moving into a new home can place a significant amount of emotional stress on dogs and cats, which is why it’s important for owners to follow some basic steps to make the process easier.
Scout The Area
It’s a good idea to scout prospective homes before signing a purchase agreement to ensure the area is suitable for your pet. Visit the neighborhood during the day and night. Is the area quiet? Are there other dogs roaming the street without a leash or their owner in sight? Does the home have a fenced-in backyard in which your dog can play? These are just a few things to keep in mind when choosing a new home.
Introducing Your Pet To The Home
Assuming the current owner doesn’t mind (ask for permission beforehand), introduce your dog to your new home before moving. Let your dog walk around the yard, where they can sniff the scents and check out the surrounding environment. The canine’s brain is hard-wired to remember scents; therefore, your dog will associate these scents with your new home.
Did You Know? A dog’s sense of smell is approximately 10,000 to 100,000 stronger than humans.
What About Cats?
Unless your cat is on a collar and leash, you won’t be able to let them walk around the yard or house. With that said, you can still take them inside the home by transporting them in a carrier. Cats are often skittish about traveling to new places, but this will make relocating easier on your feline friend come moving day.
Moving Day Tips For Pet Owners
- Set aside a 1-gallon bag filled with pet food, along with a couples of bottles of water.
- Make sure your dog’s collar and leash don’t get packed in a box with the rest of your belongings.
- Create a special box with your dog’s bed, blankets and a couple of their favorite toys.
- Keep a bag of treats on hand (always helpful for stressful situations).
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