3 Steps For Settling Pets Into A New Home

September 27, 2016 |
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Now we all know that Aussies love their pets.

In fact, we have one of the highest rates of animal ownership in the world – sitting at 63 per cent according to the Australian Veterinary Association. Within this group, cats and dogs make up well over half of all pets in the country, and as lovable and loyal as they may be as companions, moving with them can be a tough proposition.

In fact, relocating an animal can easily be one of the toughest aspects of shifting into your new home. The worry that comes along with this can certainly put a dampener on the whole experience, but it doesn’t have to be so hard. Here are the three steps to take when moving to ensure your furry friend settles in quickly.

1. The prep before the move

The process of transporting a pet to a new house begins well before moving day, with a flurry of small tasks that will come back to bite you if ignored. Take care of all the little details early, such as updating collars and tags, so that if anything bad does happen, your pet will be able to be swiftly returned home. Similarly, if you haven’t had your animal companion microchipped, now may be the time to do it. Once the smaller details are taken care of, it’s time to start getting ready for the big day. Invest in a suitable transport box, and if possible you should aim to conduct a few ‘drills’, even if it’s just loading your cat into its carry container and driving around the block a few times. By doing this, the movie itself won’t be as much of a shock to their system.

In terms of the new property you’ve bought, make sure you’re aware of any potential hazards (such as rat poison) or escape routes (unlocked gates) that may present an issue. These can be disastrous if left until after you’ve arrived, so secure the area before the big day.

Moving can disrupt the familiar routines of your pet.

2. Moving day

Moving is stressful enough for humans, so you can imagine how upsetting it might be to an animal. The process of dismantling and removing everything they know isn’t one that they need to witness, so rope in a relative to take care of them for the day. If this fails, it’s well worth checking out local cattery or kennel options. As an added bonus, you can treat your pet to a day of pampering and play with other animals, so it’s a win-win. Once you’ve shifted into the new property and the movers have gone, you can introduce your pet to their new home. To make them comfortable, it’s a good idea, to set aside a specific box with all of their favourite toys. That way you’ll be able to quickly set up their area.

Kids aren’t the only ones who may need help adjusting to a new home.

3. Settling in

The process of introducing your pet to a new environment doesn’t end once you’ve fully unpacked and sold your old home. It’s a process that can take weeks or even months, so you’ll need to be patient. This is especially true for cats, who are renowned for trying to escape and return to their old stomping grounds. You may, therefore, need to keep them inside until they’ve gotten used to the place.

It’s also critical to retain the same routines (feeding, walking) as before. By doing this, you’ll reinforce that nothing has really changed – they just have a new area to explore!

By following these steps throughout the moving process, you should be able to ensure that your pet gets used to their new home quickly. For any questions or concerns about all things to do with buying and selling Sydney property, contact Laing+Simmons today.

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