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How to Prepare Your Pets When Moving to a New Home
July 24th, 2017
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Map Real Estate Services  in Mississauga, Ontario, knows that moving can be a stressful and emotional time – not just for humans, but for animals as well.

Your dog or indoor cat has likely become accustomed to the layout of your current home and the amount of space in the yard, so it may take some time for your pet to become accustomed to its new surroundings. One helpful suggestion  from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is to gradually introduce your furry friend to each room in the new home, rather than letting it run free to explore. Set up your dog or cat’s food bowl and toys in a safe area so they have a comforting place to go to during the transition.

It’s also a good idea to scope out the neighbourhood – your dog may be used to running free in a nearby park, but that freedom may not be as readily available in the new area. Research nearby dog-friendly parks, and also check if the neighbours have friendly pets that won’t try to cause any harm to yours.

Cats can be especially challenging, and the ASPCA has some additional tips  including preparing the cat carrier by putting treats in it. You can also put your cat in a closed room with food and litter so all the moving activity doesn’t frighten it.

Remember, just like people, every animal will adjust at their own pace, so have patience and ensure you pay closer attention to your pets during the move as they may become skittish and try to run away.

It’s also a good practice to pet-proof your new homes by hiding wires that can be chewed, inspecting the yard for harmful plants, and ensuring no pest traps have been left behind.