As the date for your move to a new home in St. Louis gets closer, you may be thinking about the best ways to make the experience a positive one for your pets. There are strategies to reduce anxiety as you relocate your furry friends to their new home. These steps can include creating a transitional timeline, applying a set of moving-day safety protocols, utilizing a familiarity-based approach and keeping a consistent routine.
Ease Into It
You can present the idea of moving to your pet a couple of weeks in advance by placing your pet’s carrier out in the open in an accessible location. For some dogs and cats, their carrier is a subject of anxiety – as it can remind them of stressful trips to see the veterinarian.
By presenting it in a welcoming way with the door open, they can become acclimated to it on their own time. Put their favorite toys, treats and blankets inside to help your pet adjust better. Doing this will ease the transition rather than dealing with the shock of seeing the carrier and instantly thinking the worst.
Put Safety First
Moving into your new St. Louis residence will certainly involve having doors open, boxes/suitcases moving around, and people coming in and out for an extended amount of time. The constant commotion may frighten some pets and cause them to run and hide for comfort or even escape the house.
You can prevent this by designating a “safe spot” – a room that is out of the way with the door closed while your move is underway. Be sure to include anything your pet may need during this time to be comfortable including litter box, toys, blankets, etc. Hiring a pet daycare service or asking a relative/friend to watch your pet temporarily are two other options that will make sure your pet is not upset by the move.
Introduce Them Ahead of Time
You can help your canine companions become familiar with the new space by introducing them to your new home prior to the move. Dropping by and walking them through the front yard, backyard and the home’s interior allows your pet to take in the sights and smells of the property.
This will become a huge help on moving day because they will be used to the home. In fact, doing this a couple of times can make moving day a continuation of a set routine, which can greatly diminish the stress of relocating a pet to a new environment.
Maintain Your Routine
Once you have moved in to your new St. Louis home, it is important to remain with the same feeding and walking times as you did in your previous residence. This way, even though the surroundings are new, the daily routines are still familiar and will relieve some of the anxiety your pet might experience. Similarly, having their favorite toys, bed and feeding dishes immediately accessible helps create consistency.
Moving can be a difficult time for pets, but planning ahead can make the event a smooth transition into a beautiful new home. Contact us to learn more about pet-friendly properties in the St. Louis area.
This post was written by Jason Rhoads