By Stephanie Neftzer, Marketing Specialist at Twin Towers Senior Living Community
Moving is a busy and often stressful time, and even if your pet isn’t sure what’s going on, they know something is out of the ordinary. In the blur of sorting, packing and emptying rooms there are ways to prepare yourself and your pet.
Whether you are searching for an apartment, patio home or condo, be certain to evaluate each house for where your pet’s food, water and bed will go.
Look at the outdoor space with your dog in mind; are there plenty of places for short and long walks? Are they easy to get to? If you own cats is there ample floor space for kitty trees and climbing blocks?
Once you’ve found your new home, here are some tips to help you through the process.
Moving With Your Pet
Packing and Planning for the Move
To your pet, you will be doing things he or she isn’t used to.
- Maintain the routine with your pet as much as possible during the packing and moving process including dog walking time and kitty play time.
- If practical, pack your pet’s favorite room last to reduce stress and change.
- For cats, allow time for them to get used to the cat carrier. Leave carrier sitting out with the door open and a comfy bed or blankets inside. Occasionally, leave a couple of cat treats in it so your cat knows the cat carrier is not punishment. You may even start feeding your cat in the cat carrier.
- Place moving boxes around the house a couple of weeks before you start packing, this will give your pets time to get used to them being in the house.
- If your pet seems nervous while you are packing up the house, consider closing him or her in a quiet room.
This is a busy day for everyone and can be especially unsettling for your pet. With strangers coming and going – your pet may have trouble keeping up with where you are and where he/she should be. To ease the stress, consider this:
- Take your pet to a familiar family member’s home, or if you have a dog perhaps take them to a dog-friendly restaurant, dog park, or pet supply store while the movers work.
- If your new home is a long driving distance, be prepared to make frequent stops for bathroom breaks, take a quick walk or just stretch.
- If your pet is skittish, talk to your vet about anti-anxiety medication to make the moving process easier on him/her.
- Transport your cat in a carrier designed for trips because it will keep everyone in the car safe.
Settling Into Your New Home
Congratulations you made it! You and your things are all in one place and you can begin making your new house your home. Here are some tips to help transition your pet.
- Stay as close as possible to your previous routine. If you typically go for a 9:00 a.m. walk, continue to do that.
- Don’t wash the dog blankets or cat bed just yet. The familiar scent will help sooth and comfort your pet and can help him or her feel more at home in the new location.
- When you get to your new home, before you let the cat out of the carrier, set up his/her food and water dishes along with their litter box and bed.
- For cats, place treats in rooms to encourage exploration. It’s not unusual for your cat to hide at first, just give him/her some time to feel comfortable to begin exploring.
- For dogs, take longer and more frequent walks to give them plenty of time to explore their new outdoor space.
- Make sure to update your pet tags with your new address.
- Find a local veterinarian – recommendations from neighbors is a great way to start looking.
- Investigate the leash laws in your new community so you know what to expect.
With a little planning and preparation, your pet will soon feel right at home!
On the pet friendly campus at Twin Towers, our patio homes feature attractive finishes, fully equipped kitchens, attached garages, sunrooms and screened porches. They are located in our South Ridge and Towerwoods neighborhoods, just minutes away from the cultural hub of downtown Cincinnati.