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How to Help Your Pet Acclimate to a New Apartment

MyApartmentMap - Dec 5, 2010

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TIP #1: Do not wash your animal’s bedding, cages, or pet-carriers before you move. By not washing away the scent of your pet in places where it spends time, you’re essentially leaving a sense of familiarity. This tactic can help your pet ease into the transition process.  

TIP #2: Do your best to wait until you’ve entirely moved in before you introduce your pet to its new home. It’s a natural instinct for an animal to mark unfamiliar territory. A busy, half-empty property certainly can perpetuate the feeling of a foreign location to a pet. A new home loaded with furniture and smells from your old place might help to reduce the chance of marking.

TIP #3: Try to maintain the same feeding and walking routines that your pet had at your old home. A shift in the timing of your pet’s activities can really give them a jolt during a move.  

TIP #4: If you own a dog and you’re all moved in, take it for a long walk in order to help it find its new favorite bathroom stops. This will give your dog a chance to browse the local territory.  

TIP #5: Make sure you’re giving your pet enough attention when you first move in. That means you shouldn’t leave your animal alone for extended periods of time within the first few days of living in your new home. Whether you own a dog, a bird, or a cat, the animal potentially could become frightened when alone, thus prompting barking, scratching, and plenty of other noises.

TIP #6: Introduce yourself to your new neighbors. Let them know that you own a pet. This is a good way to find out what kind of animals your neighbors like or don’t like. It’s also a good way to find out what kinds of animals that your pet potentially could encounter.  

TIP #7: If you own a dog, try to meet other people in the building or apartment complex who also have canines. These people might have dog-friendly tips about the neighborhood or helpful points of information that you’ll find pertinent to your animal. Making connections with other dog or pet owners is a nice way to network and find potential pet sitters and dog walkers.