Have you and your pet recently moved into a new apartment? In that case, you might believe that moving is listed as one of life’s top stressors. Your pet would probably believe it too. It turns out that pets also suffer from anxiety that comes from life changes. You might be seeing a change in your pet’s behavior as a result. So, here are three ways to help your fur baby adapt to your new apartment quickly and live happy in your new space:
Visit the apartment beforehand.
Prior to moving day, it’s a good idea to take your pet to your new place. Let them spend some time becoming acquainted with the new surroundings, including the sights, sounds, and smells. You’ll also leave your scent behind. This familiarity will help them better adapt when it is time to live there.
Let them explore.
When you do move in, allow your pet to spend time exploring at their own pace. Hide treats around your pet’s dedicated spaces as little surprises, and let your pet explore every nook and cranny of your new apartment to feel comfortable. Those treats will help them ease into it and quickly learn that this new environment is a safe one.
Spend quality time together.
While moving is a busy and stressful time for you, be sure to still spend quality time with your pet. They need this reassurance and routine since this is also a new and stressful experience for them. It doesn’t have to be anything out of the ordinary either; a simple walk or game of fetch will do. Just do your best to reassure them that while your surroundings may be different, your relationship hasn’t changed.
Moving your pet to a new apartment does not have to be a big deal. Visiting the new place before moving day, letting them explore, and spending quality time can usually help them settle in quickly with little to no negative side effects. You’ll both be calling your new apartment “home” in no time.