Moving into a brand-new, custom Carbine and Associates home is so exciting – but if you’re moving with kids or pets, it can be a little more stressful than you’d like it to be. Different pets will have different reactions (it’s a lot easier to move a fish than it is to move a cat!), but if you follow the right plan of action, you’ll be able to make the transition simpler for all your four-legged family members.
Moving with Pets: What You Need to Know
The experts at the ASPCA recommend that you keep your pets in a familiar room – one that you intend to pack up last – on your moving day. This will help keep their stress level at a minimum while you’re hard at work, and it will keep them from making a mad dash for the door while you’re putting boxes in the truck. It might even be helpful, particularly if your pets are the nervous type, to keep them at a friend’s house on moving day.
If you’re making a long-distance move, it’s best to get your pet adjusted to his or her crate or to the car long before you start the road trip. Start by going for short rides with no particular destination and end the trip with plenty of treats and playtime.
Once you arrive in your new home, it’s natural to let your pets loose to explore… but it can be overwhelming to them. Start by keeping them in one room and gradually introduce them to the other rooms. Make sure there’s food, water and toys (and a litterbox, if necessary) in the original room so your pet can begin to feel comfortable.
Are You Looking at Carbine & Associates Custom Homes?
If you’d like to discuss your options in a custom home, call us at 615-661-9995 or get in touch with us online. We can build a pet-friendly home for you and your family (complete with doggie doors), and we’d love to discuss your needs with you.