How to Ease a Pet Through a Move

Regardless of whether your need to sell your Sonoma home was planned or was the result of an unfortunate set of financial circumstances, the fact remains that selling a home is almost always stressful. Even under the most ideal scenarios, there are still any number of stressors that come into play throughout the home sale process. Thoughts about packing, making sure that transportation for your property is taken care of, moving over utility bills, and changing services all come together to raise your blood pressure or keep you up at night.

One thing that’s sometimes overlooked is the effect that a move can have on our pets. Our pets are members of our family. They have feelings and emotions. And, your home is, in many cases, the entirety of your pet’s world. A move can turn their world upside down and will be a big adjustment for them.

There are things that you can do to make the move easier for a pet, be it a cat, dog, guinea pig, bird, or any other animal that you care for.

First, and perhaps most important, is to do everything you can to insulate the pet from the environment while you’re preparing for the move. This can prove to be difficult in the case of a dog or cat as they are generally used to having free reign in the house. But, not letting them focus on rooms that have been turned upside down while packing will go a long way toward easing their mind. These rooms may contain favorite hiding spots or other pieces of furniture and the sudden loss of access to them can be troubling.

Second is to work to ensure the pet’s safety while you’re packing. Box cutters, tape guns, and a lot of other packing implements can contain sharp edges that could injure your pet while you’re not looking. Markers contain harsh chemicals that your pet could ingest. And, the items themselves that you are packing away could be harmful if a pet were to get a hold of or swallow one of them.

Try to keep the spaces organized that you are working in. Don’t allow trash or food to collect in them and dispose of these things as necessary rather than letting them pile up.

Once you arrive at your new home, start slow. As a general rule, dogs will adjust to the new dwelling faster than cats but even some dogs may be apprehensive about their new home at first. If you are a cat person, make sure that there are at least one or two places already set up that your cat can run to and hide – be it a closet, the bed, or any other place that he or she can feel safe and secure.

Take a leashed dog through the new home and let him or her get accustomed to the new layout and smells. Watch for any signs of distress during this process as well as watching for any signs that a previous animal might have left behind some territorial markings that you might not have picked up on.

Over time, your pets will grow accustomed to their new surroundings. They are incredibly adaptable and so long as home is where you are, they’ll figure things out over time. Don’t push them, don’t force them, let them take it at their own pace, and they’ll be feeling at home in their new home in no time.

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