Moving with a Pet: What You Need to Know
By Cindy Aldridge
Moving can be a chaotic experience for any of us, but even more so for our pets. When searching for a home, you need to be certain that potential properties will nurture your furry friend’s wellness. Here are some tips for buying a house that both owners and beloved pets can be happy in.
Going House Hunting
You will need information on hand before you start, such as your credit score, your budget, and where to find a good realtor. You’ll also need to determine how much you can spend on a house, which involves taking close a look at your income, monthly bills, and how much of a down payment you can afford. Next, you must decide where you want to move, so you can begin house hunting. Since this is a home for your pet, too, it will have to meet both your needs. After all, cities and HOAs may have specific rules regarding pets, but good realtors will be in the know about neighborhoods you’re considering. When attending showings, you’ll need to find someone to take care of your pet. Ask a friend, or turn to a pet sitter or kennel to keep your furry friend safe and tended to when you’re on an all-day viewing spree.
What Your House Needs
As you look for a home, you'll want a list of requirements to narrow your search. It should include things you and your family want, as well as what will be best for your pet. Depending on their breed, dogs need lots of space to run about and burn off energy. You need a yard that has a fence, and preferably a house that isn’t on a busy street. Cats, on the other hand, are a bit easier to navigate. Of course, they might love wooden perches built into walls and window nooks to watch the world, but they'll be happy with some space and plenty of toys. Regardless of what kind of pet you have, you also want to be close to a pet store and a vet.
Preparing for the Move Itself
Whether you’re moving down the block or across the country, you must be prepared for a car ride with your pet. Dogs and cats pose their own unique challenges, and these are amplified by longer rides. Both animals need frequent breaks to stretch their legs and get some exercise to lower anxiety. A cat harness is beneficial for this as it allows you to walk your kitty while keeping them safe. Additionally, buy a carrier for your pet, and bring their favorite toys to keep them calm. You may want to toss in a worn shirt, as well, so they have your scent for extra comfort.
You will need to ensure your pet remains calm and safe during moving day. People will be constantly entering and exiting the home, and strangers may set your furry friend on edge. It’s best if you can board them or keep them safe in their carrier during this hectic transition. Knowing that they are safe can allow you to fully focus on making your move go smoothly. Be sure to book ahead at a kennel, or ask a family member to watch them. If you can’t get them out of the house, walk them periodically with a leash or kitty harness, to help them burn off pent-up energy.
Adjusting to a New House
Moving day is not the last bit of stress for your furry companion; they’ll likely be on edge at the new home, too. To help them adjust to their new environment, take a few days off work to be there with them. Cats may be more upset from being uprooted, so keep them confined to one or two rooms, and do what you can to maintain their routine. Feed and walk your pet according to the old schedule, and give them plenty of love. Settling in will be rough on them, and they will need your support now more than ever.
It’s going to take work, but you can find a home that’s perfect for everyone and have a safe moving day. Plan ahead, get suitable gear, and ensure your furball gets plenty of exercise. Take care of them the way they deserve, and you both can enjoy your new house.
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