If moving is stressful for you, just imagine how it feels for your pets, who don’t understand what’s happening or why. Our pets can definitely pick up on our energy, so if you’re anxious, it’s likely that they will be, too.
There are a number of things you can do to make moving a little easier on every member of the family. Since a recent survey by the American Housing Association found that Austin ranks third in the nation for the highest percentage of households with pets, we wanted to put together a helpful list of moving with pets.
Preparation is Key
Being prepared can ease the transition to your new home in Deerbrooke for both you and your furry friends.
Start by keeping all your moving supplies in one room, or in the garage, with the door closed. Most cats never met a box they didn’t love and will want to crawl inside and hide. Things like bubble wrap and tape look like toys to your dog and your teething puppy. Avoid potential problems by making sure everything is out of reach of curious paws and teeth.
Next, you’ll want to be sure everything your pet needs in your new home is easy to find after the move. A few of the items you’ll want handy include:
- Waste bags
- Favorite toys
- Something for your dog to chew on (rawhide bones, chewing sticks or a favorite chew toy)
- Kitty litter, box and scooper
- A crate, doggy gate or carrier
- Water bowls
The Truth About Cats and Dogs
Cats and dogs react quite differently to traveling and being crated. Many cats hate being confined to a carrier or crate, while many dogs see their crates as a place of comfort.
To help your cat feel more positive about their cat carrier, consider putting treats inside the crate. You might also put a small blanket in their carrier, or an old T-shirt that has your scent.
Scent is also important for dogs. If you can, take your dog for a walk around your new neighborhood and introduce them to the interior of your new home before moving day. If your dog is already familiar with all the smells, it may help the move feel less scary.
If you’re moving some distance from your previous home, you may want to start researching veterinarians and pet emergency rooms. Keep their information in your phone just in case something happens during the move.
Tips for Moving Day
It’s no secret that pets can be master escape artists, especially when they’re upset. Moving means lots of open doors and distractions, so you’ll want to take some precautions to make sure your pet is safe and secure.
A few ideas for your pet on moving day are:
- Ask a friend or family member to take them in for the day
- Take them to a doggy day care or boarding facility
- Install a pet gate in one of the doorframes
- Keep your pets crated until the move is complete
Getting Settled in Your New Deerbrooke Home
Generally speaking, dogs have an easier time adjusting to change then cats. Don’t be too concerned if your cat spends its first few days in your new home hiding, or if it acts frightened. Be patient and give your cat time to get used to its new home.
For both cats and dogs, a consistent routine is essential. Be sure you have a specific place for their food and water dishes, their beds, and litter boxes.
Finally, for dogs – and some cats – exercise wears them out and lessens their anxiety. Take your dog for walks in the new neighborhood or take them to the Deerbrooke dog park where they can socialize and play with other dogs. (It’s a great way to meet your new neighbors, too!) If your cat has a favorite toy, spending some time engaging in play will help lessen their anxiety and get them accustomed to their new surroundings.
Making Your Home Pet Friendly
For families with dogs, pet friendly homes start with a securely fenced yard. Since your home at Deerbrooke is brand new, you’ll be a step ahead – but you’ll still want to check for any areas where your pet may be able to squeeze underneath, or a gate that’s too easy for smart dogs to open.
If you have cats, it may be a good idea to keep them confined to one room at first, then gradually let them explore the rest of your home.
Keeping Your New Home Clean
You love your new pet friendly home Leander TX, and you love your pets. You’ll want to keep your new home clean and free of tell-tale pet odors and provide a pleasant environment for all your family members.
Here are few tips for pet friendly homes:
- Use door mats, inside and out. Place doormats both inside and outside any entrances your pet will use. Mats are excellent initial barriers for dirt and germs – and they work for people, too!
- Look good, smell good. Grooming your pet on a regular basis helps mitigate shedding and odors. Consider setting a reminder for yourself, or booking grooming appointments in advance, to stay on a regular schedule. If you groom your dog yourself, look for products that reduce odors.
- Keep floors clean. Vacuum or mop frequently, particularly the areas where your pet likes to play or nap.
- Clean dishes and litter trays. Cleaning your pet’s food and water dishes, and your cat’s litter trays, on a regular basis helps to control bacteria and odors.
New Homes in Leander for Every Kind of Family
We understand how important your pets are, and we look forward to welcoming you and your fur kids to our community. Stop by and see everything we have to offer you, your family, and your pets.
We’ve selected four excellent, family-owned builders to be part of Deerbrooke. One of them is sure to be the right fit for you!
Our builders include:
- Perry Homes: Earth-friendly, energy efficient homes.
- Monticello Homes: Every home we build is a true original, just like our customers!
- Sitterle Homes: Beautiful homes built to last.
- Waterloo Homes by Brohn: Superior design, solid craftsmanship, and a love for the details.
Schedule your tour of Deerbrooke today!