A home relocation is a very challenging process. You have to spend weeks arranging, planning and scheduling everything that has to be done, as well as booking and purchasing all necessary equipment, services, help, etc. You have to sort, pack and carry items, deal with heavy objects, drive goods back and forth, hire storage and much more. All this can be stressful and consume all your time and energy. If you work hard and careful though, you can succeed and have a swift relocation. However, many things can make the process tougher and one of these is pets. Your pet can be an important member of the family so they must be considered for the move because they can complicate the experience, whether it’s managing them on the actual day to getting them used to their new surroundings. If you want your move to go well for you and your pet, then read on.
Before you even purchase a new home, you must decide whether it is suitable for your pet. You may require special features for them, from a garden they can move around in, to enough space for hutches, etc. You must ensure that your pet can move around your Houston abode safely and that nothing will pose a risk or startle it. Consider local roads, traffic, factories and more, which could be hazardous for your animal.
Once you have settled on your new address, you should buy new tags with the correct address and contact information, as well as let unnecessary parties, such as vets, know of your new location. Any microchips you have in your pet may have to be updated. Doing all this is vital before a move because you will be in a new area and if your pets become lost then it can be tough to get it back home.
On the day of the move, it may be necessary to keep your pet out of the way. Strangers coming into your home can scare or aggravate them, so it can prove inconvenient for you and the others involved in your move and be upsetting for your animal. For animals such as cats and dogs, you should take them to a friend or family member’s address for at least the day of the move, though leaving them there for a few days can help you get thing sorted before they get back. Smaller animals such as hamsters can have their cage/habitat isolated during the move and then taken with you when you are done.
Pets become accustomed to their surroundings so they may not take well to your new Houston home. The first step you take to get them integrated to their new abode is to set up their bed, cage, habitat, etc. Make sure you have plenty of food stocked and that it is easily available along with water so that as soon as they arrive they can find a spot they are used to. You should them lead them around the house and let your pet discover and get used to each area. If there are any gaps your pet can escape through in fences, bushes etc, then you should cordon these up beforehand. For roaming animals such as cats, keep them inside for a day or two, so they can become accustomed to the fact this is their new home, so when you let them out at night, they know where they should return to.
If you follow these steps, you and your pet can enjoy your new home without and worry.