Pet-friendly apartments for rent, condos, homes and other rentals in Canada. Dogs/pets allowed/accepted!
Pet-friendly apartments for rent, condos, homes and other rentals in Canada. Dogs/pets allowed/accepted!

Moving Tips:
Settling Into a New Home With Your Pet

Moving with your pet New situations can be stressful for your pet. Some pets adjust almost instantly, while others may require a little time. Be patient, encouraging, and positive about your new home to help your pet adjust more quickly. Here are a few moving tips to help you settle your pet into your new home.

  • Try to keep a familiar routine. Use the same bowls, feed the same food at the same time, place litter boxes in similar locations, and so on. Make things seem "normal"!

  • Research local regulations. Where do you get a dog license, and how much are they? Are cats required to be licensed? Are dogs allowed to be off-leash in certain areas, and if so, where?

    Keep in mind that some cities or towns have bylaws stating how many pets a person is permitted to have in their home. If you have a lot of pets, make sure you find out before you move what these regulations are.

  • Find out where the local "doggy hangouts" are. Walking trails or parks, off-leash areas, and so on.

  • If you haven't already done so, teach your kitty to be an indoor cat. Cats lead longer, happy lives indoors where they don't have to worry about getting hit by cars, attacked by other animals or people, catching a disease, and many other threats. Give kitty lots of stimulation indoors with the use of toys, window perches, cat condos/trees, etc.

  • Scout out a vet. Find one that both you and your pet are comfortable with, and make sure you know the way to the clinic. If your chosen clinic is not an emergency clinic, it's also a good idea to find a 24-hour clinic - just in case.

  • Assess the "pet-safety-ness" of your new home. You may have set up your previous home in such a way that your pet couldn't get at stuff like cleaners or poisonous plants. Take a walk around your new home and watch where your pet investigates. Make sure you store dangerous items out of his reach.

  • Keep all your pet's documentation together and easily accessible. A folder with vaccination records, spay/neuter certificate, and other important papers should be kept together for future reference. Your new vet may ask to see them.

  • Set up an evacuation plan. Sometimes we have no choice but to evacuate from our homes. Do not leave your pets behind! Have a plan to get both them and yourself out safely. Keep a list of nearby pet-friendly accommodations handy. Read more in the article, Emergency Planning: Keeping Pets Safe From Harm.

Following these moving tips can help to make your pet's transition into it's new home smoother and less stressful.

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