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At Braustin Homes, we know firsthand how much joy pets bring to our lives (check out one of our favorites, Dakota, pictured above). Our furry friends comfort us, make us laugh, and give us structure to our days.
So when it comes time to move into your new luxury double-wide mobile home, one of the first things you think of is how your pet is going to react. Change isn’t easy for everyone, especially animals who don’t understand what’s happening.
That said, there are certain steps you can take to ease the transition into your mobile home. Before you know it, you and your pet will be settled in and feeling at ease in your new place.
A little preparation can go a long way. When planning a move with your pet, consider each step of the process: packing, moving, and unpacking and settling into your mobile home.
When you are packing, organize your moving boxes in one room. This ensures you have a place to keep your moving supplies out of the way of curious pets.
Also, make sure to pack all of your pet’s essential belongings in a separate, clearly-labeled bag. You’ll want to take this with you to get through the moving day and the days following.
Some pet items you might want to include in this bag include:
If you are moving to a new area, begin looking for a new vet before you arrive. This way, if anything should happen on moving day or when you are still new to the area, you have a contact to help your pet ASAP.
Transporting your pets to your new home is one of the more stressful parts of the move. When preparing your cat for the move, try introducing them to their cat carrier by placing treats inside and cozying the space up with a blanket. Typically, cats do not like to be confined in a crate, and have an especially strong aversion to traveling. It may be advantageous to talk to your vet beforehand to get an anti-anxiety medication before you make the trip.
In contrast, dogs may find their crate to be a place of comfort, particularly if they are crate-trained. If you can, try taking your dog for a walk around the new neighborhood before the move. For dogs, smell is the most important sense they possess, so introducing your pet to the common smells around the home is a great way to make them feel comfortable in their new surroundings.
One of the most important aspects to plan for moving day is how you’re going to keep your pets contained. Unfortunately, moving day involves a lot of open doors, which means more ways for your pets to escape.
Some options for containing your pets on moving day include: keeping them in a crate, installing a gate in a doorframe, sending them to a pet daycare, or having someone else watch them during the day. If you’re helping to load and unload moving boxes, you won’t be able to watch your pet as carefully as you may like. Given that it is a new neighborhood, it’s also much more likely that if your pet escapes, they’ll become hopelessly lost. For this reason, make sure your pet has a tag with its name and phone number on it during moving day.
Once moving day is complete, you will probably be exhausted, so you might procrastinate on unpacking all of those boxes. While there is nothing wrong with taking your time, prioritize setting up a comfortable corner for your pet with familiar items from your former home. The quicker your pet can feel comfortable in your new mobile home, the less likely they will act out due to stress. Speaking of stress, keep in mind that this is a big change for your pet, and their behavior may not be the best for the first few weeks in your new home. Have patience; they will adjust!
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