It’s a very exciting time when people move into their new home. From the moment you purchase one of the beautiful homes for sale from your realtor, to the moment you finish moving in and call your new piece of real estate ‘home’. For many people, part of moving also involves moving your four-legged friends. Some pets may have a more difficult time adjusting to a new environment. Every animal reacts differently to moving. Your Mar Vista realtors have spoken with expert veterinarians to bring you these great tips for helping your furry pals make the move to their new homes:
As soon you have agreed to purchase one of your realtor’s homes for sale, you should start getting your pet ready. Since there will be a lot of activity going on in the house, your pet will start getting anxious and nervous well before the move. Make sure to sit with your pet and help reassure them throughout the move. They may not understand human language, but they do understand the calmness in your voice. That will help them feel more secure that all is well, and that there is nothing to fear.
Make sure you keep up your pet’s regular schedule for feeding, playtime, outdoor activities, and bedtime. This will help to reduce the animal’s anxiety during your move. You can use a feeder with a timer to help ensure that your pets eat at the same time every day while you are moving. Make sure you walk your dog at the same time every day to maintain their regular schedule. Fortunately, many new homes for sale may even be listed in an area which offers a better neighborhood layout to walk around, and your pet will thank you once the move is complete.
There is plenty you can do to reduce your pet’s anxiety as you move into a new home. As your move starts, put out empty boxes before you start packing. This gives your animal time to adjust to their presence. Make sure to monitor your pets as you pack your belongings. If they seem too anxious while you are packing, you can keep them in a quiet room, away from the activity and noise. You can also keep your pet’s carrier in the same room that they are in. This will help them get used to seeing it around. You can also put treats inside the carrier to further encourage your pets inside; but don’t close the door when they enter, until you’re ready to move them.
Save moving all your pet’s belongings for the day you move into your new home. On that day, make sure to give them extra reassurance to further reduce their stress levels. If you think they may be too anxious on moving day, you can speak to your vet about using anti-anxiety medication to make moving day easier on them.
Sometimes your pet may decide to hide for a while after your move. That’s OK, as long as they know where their litter box or doggy door is. Just like humans, animals need time to get used to their new home. Remember that any negative behaviors by dogs, cats, or other animals such as excessive vocalizing, or a refusal to eat or play, are a reaction by your pet to their discomfort of the move and change of scenery. However, if your pet continues to express negative behaviors, you may want to get help from a professional trainer or veterinarian. When searching new local homes for sale, a good thing to do is check to see if a veterinarian is close. When you get your new home, and your pet needs some professional help, you may have some convenient choices.
Many realtors have shared the excitement people have when they move into homes for sale. They also understand the anxiety that pets can have when moving into those new homes for sale. But by planning carefully, you can help to minimize your four-legged friend’s stress and anxiety during the move. And with these tips, moving doesn’t have to be as stressful for them. That way, you can focus on moving into your new home.