Some friends say that my furniture has wheels, because it does not stay in one place for long. In fact, in the past few years, I’ve been through many homes, in three different cities. No matter where I go, I take my pets with me. Remember, I have a dog and three cats. It is not a simple or easy logistics, but it is possible.
The most important thing is that everything is very well planned, to give the furry time to adapt and calm down. If I had to move suddenly, they could suffer much more.
Cats suffer from change more than dogs
This is one of the biggest legends. To say that cats are attached to the house and not to the owner is nonsense. Some cats often return to their previous home, unable to adjust to the new home, but this is not because they are stuck in place. The big question is that cats find it difficult to deal with change no matter what. Even worse is to change the area and if the new area does not have the same resources or even proves to be dangerous in some way.
In my current move, the one who suffers the most in the process is Aurora, my dog. The cats freaked out today when the gate in the room disappeared. But all the other enrichment with her scent remains in the old house. However, little by little, they will go to their new home. This is part of the gradual process. Only when their room is ready will I move the three cats at the same time.
How do you move with a dog?
Ideally, the dog should be able to visit the new home as a form of picnic. In this new home, the dog must find the things he loves, such as foods, toys, and smells. Thus, he will associate the place with really cool things.
Taking your dog into the new home all at once can make him feel more lost, and take longer to adjust, for example to find water and a place to pee. This is even worse if the dog is elderly, like mine. Older people suffer, like cats, with any change. They always like everything in the same place. A sudden change can cause a digestive problem from stress.
I even had to seek help from a behavior veterinarian to treat the aurora, so you could feel less of this change. Since she started packing things, Aurora has been acting strangely.
As she wrote, I took Aurora to give her her medication as usual. In a hurry, I didn’t hold her in my lap all day. I look at her and see that her eyes have dried. This despair struck me and immediately called the ophthalmologist. That’s when we remember that same eye had serious trouble with the last makeover, exactly one year ago. And today, on the eve of another change, the eye says goodbye and loses 100% of its sight.
This is senile, something I avoid doing as much as possible. I feel very guilty. Do I put my dog in situations of this kind of stress, by not being able to handle it, the body showing up and the problems appearing? I can’t keep thinking about it now. I still have things to pack, facilities to keep track of in the new home and cleaning to do. At this point, I can’t dedicate myself 100% to my animals (but who can on the go?!). I will do all I can, even if it is not enough for them to deserve or what I would like to give them.
So here are some tips for getting along with your pet.
- Prepare the environment in which the pet will arrive, even before he is gone;
- put a pheromone diffuser in the cavity at least 6 hours before the pet’s arrival in the new home;
- On the day of the move, separate the room for the pet to stay in the old house, without moving people and furniture;
- take the pet to the new house only when everything is ready and its area is clean;
- Take things that smell like a bed, a bowl of water, toys, etc.;
- It may sound strange, but bring a diaper or sand already used. It will give this feeling of “home”;
- When you arrive at the new home, lock the pet into a room with all of its belongings and gradually release it to get to the whole house. This will make it easier to increase the chance of urination and defecation;
- Associate the new home with really cool things, like toys and snacks. For at least a week, enrich your pet’s routine even more;
- If he shows any change in behavior or clinical symptoms, take him to the vet immediately.
Even when we are in a hurry, in the middle of a change, it is important to pay attention to the well-being of our young children.