Moving is never easy, whether you have a short jaunt across town or a long haul across the country, but it’s made even more difficult if you have pets. If you think moving is stressful for you, multiply that stress by 10 and you have what your pet is feeling. If you just purchased a home for sale in Irvine, CA, and are getting ready to move, here are a few tips to make the transition easier on your pets.
1. Give your pet time to adjust.
Cats–and many dogs–don’t deal well with changes to their routines, so the more time you take to acclimate your pet to the idea of moving, the easier it will be. Bring in moving boxes several days ahead of time and pack things up a little at a time. Try to save packing up the room where your pet spends the most time until last.
2. Have a place for your pet to go.
When it’s time for the movers to come and pick up your stuff, it’s best to keep your pet out of the way. If your dog or cat does well in a crate or carrier, you can keep him or her in the garage or a room away from the movers. If not, it’s best to board your pet or leave it with a friend or family member.
3. Make sure to bring along essentials.
Bring enough food with you for at least a couple of days and any medicines your pet needs. You also should be sure to bring any of your pet’s favorite items. Essentially, don’t pack away anything your pet needs or that would make the transition easier.
4. Pet-proof your new home.
Check out your new space before letting your pet run free. Close off any nooks or crannies where your pet might go to hide, and ensure your new yard or patio doesn’t have any poisonous plants.
Not all places allow pets, and some only allow pets under a certain size. If you need help finding the right condo or townhome for sale in Irvine, give Irvine Residential Living a call at (714) 454-6304 and schedule an appointment today!