How to help your pet adjust to a new home
Moving into a new home is such an exciting and fun time but it can also be very stressful for both you and your pets. Your furry little friend may find it difficult to adjust to a new home and it will take some time for them to feel fully comfortable. But with just a few simple changes you can have your pet feeling relaxed and happy in their new home in no time.
Keep their old favourites - Most pets will crave and feel comforted by familiar smells, objects and people. While it's tempting to get your pet new toys, beds and other items they enjoy, you'll probably find that they'll settle in much quicker if they have their favourite and familiar items around them. Have your pets favourite items ready as soon as they move in; creating a familiar space for them will make the settling in process much easier. You can always get new beds or toys once they've settled in a little.
Be at home for the first week - It can be a daunting time for many pets to just be uprooted and moved into new surroundings; having you there with them will help them to feel more comfortable and settle quicker. If you can and depending on what pet you have, it helps to be at home during the initial adjustment period. During this first week try and go out for a few hours a day if you have a dog and see how they adjust to you being away. Then when it comes to you having to go back to work your dog should be more comfortable with spending time alone in their new environment.
Introduce your pet to the area slowly - If you have a dog or cat try not to let them go outside on their own straight away, even if it is just in the back garden. Introduce them to the area slowly, by going on smaller walks to begin with. You can even get leads for cats so that you can go with them the first few times of them being out. Make sure your pets are micro chipped before letting them outside in the new neighbourhood.
Keep to a regular schedule - Pets tend to like a routine and schedule; keeping things as normal and routine as possible will help them to settle in much better. If your pet has a certain type of food they eat or they get fed at a certain time try to keep this the same as it was before. If you can stick to a regular schedule that they're used to you'll find that they feel safer and more secure in your new home.
Give them lots of love - Remember that it’s normal for pets to lose their appetite when in new and unfamiliar surroundings. You'll know your pet and their personality better than anyone so if you have a shy and timid animal it may take them a few days to feel comfortable enough to eat a full meal. Sometimes when pets are uncomfortable with the change of surroundings it can cause their behaviour to change, try not to worry, once everyone is settled in they should return to normal. The best thing that you can do is to give your pets lots of love and attention to make them feel at ease and try not to panic during the move as animals pick up on your emotions.