7 Ways to Help Cats and Dogs Adjust To a New Home

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7 Ways to Help Cats and Dogs Adjust To a New HomeWe love our cats and dogs, and we want to make sure they feel safe and comfortable when in a new home!

It’s well known that some cats and dogs cope better than others when they’re moved from one house to another. For example, a cat may take longer to adapt, while a dog not as much. That being said, all cats and dogs when moved, need special care and extra handling to help adjust to the new environment.

So, in this article, we’ll cover some handy tips you can use to help those beloved cats and dogs get comfortable in their new home.

Cats and Dogs! Be Home for the First Week To Help Them Adjust!

Owner hugging pet cat and dog, introducing cats and dogs to new home

Right after you move to give yourself a week or at least 3 to 4 days before you get ready to leave your dog alone for hours. During the first week, your pet will be in a phase where they’re adjusting to their new home.

Now, if you don’t want to be stressed at work wondering how your pet is doing, it’s important to make sure you exercise your pet and spend as much time as you can with them, getting them comfortable. Eventually, when you start working and spending the day away, your dog or cat will slowly begin to feel a lot better.

Hire Someone to Help You With Your Cats and Dogs!

If you’ve decided to go to work soon after the big move, your next option is hiring a pet sitter. Professional pet sitters cater to specific needs.

Your sitter will probably charge by the hour, so you can ask them to slowly wean off and lower the hours so that your pet can get used to being at home by themselves.

Stick to the Old Routine Your Cat or Dog Knows

During your move, there’s going to be a lot of crazy changes going on! This can all be very stressful for your dog or cat, so it helps when you make an effort to keep their routine in-check. For example, if your four-legged friends are used to eating their breakfast outside first thing in the morning and then being taken on a walk, try to create the same action plan here as well. However, you don’t have to keep these up forever.

If old habits are proving difficult to replicate every day, you can always make sure that you stick with them for a few weeks and then introduce other changes that will ultimately replace the habits.

Cats and Dogs: Wait Before You Buy New Stuff

Dog with cat under a rug at home

With a new house and new life, there’s no doubt that you’ll be tempted to buy new furniture. But, you may want to wait on this decision. As you need to allow your dog or cat to get used to the new place before you introduce more new items and unfamiliar scents to them.

When it comes to old pet furniture, many people may not like to move that old fur covered (almost depleted) dog bed into their new home. But consider making this particular sacrifice because these are the few things that your pet finds comforting. When you do start to make the gear transition, start by buying new toys for your furry friend.

The Dog Needs Attention

Providing adequate attention to your dog seems like a pretty simple task—right? The problem with this is that right after you move there are a ton of details that need your attention. And if you have moved for work, then that is the top priority. You may not notice it, but for a few days, you might not be able to give your pet the attention they need during this time. It is very unrealistic to think that you will be devoting the exact time that you were before you moved.

The good news is there is a way around it. All you need to do is reserve a few hours of quality time with your pet, you cannot intermingle time in front of the TV as time with the pet just because they are sitting close to you.

So, how do you make sure you’re giving your dog enough attention? Well, these pawesome activities are a great way to bond with your pooch:

  • Going for walks around the new area
  • Brush up on dog training
  • Play with them, and
  • spending time with them at home

Pet Owners Should Spend Some Time on the Floor with the Dog

During this stressful time you want to give the pet extra special treatment, one way to do that is to play with your puppy-dog on the floor, or just lie with your puppy-dog as it can help them feel safe and comfortable.

Tinkles and Kitty Galore! Leave Familiar Things for Your Cats and Dogs

To test whether your cat or dog is having a really hard time adjusting to unfamiliar territory, wait outside your door for ten minutes and see what they do. However, you cannot keep this up as a plan where you rescue your pet if it tries to follow you out. The best way around it is leaving familiar items with the pet to make it feel like home. You can even keep them occupied by leaving something safe they can chew on.

Dogs and Cats: Moving To A New Home Is Stressful for Them and You!

Being flexible during the move and allowing the pets to adjust at their own pace is very important. It’s important to remember that some pets take a couple of days to adjust while others may take a couple of weeks. But hopefully, with these tips, that won’t be the case with your dog or cat. It does not matter how long it takes for your pet to adapt, your patience will help instead of hindering the process of your beloved pet to feel at home. Remember, you will not regret every single minute spent with your canine and feline friend.

Author Bio:

Rachael Everly is an enthusiastic blogger who loves to write on home improvement and interior decoration related topics.  She is also a lifestyle blogger who got featured on various high authority blogs and magazine. Follow @RachaEverly for more updates.

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