South Shore Breaker

Make a move less stressful for your furry friends

- TRACY JESSIMAN recycledlo­ve@me.com @Saltwirene­twork Tracy Jessiman is a pet portrait artist who lives in Halifax with her husband and their three pets. She has been rescuing animals most of her life, but more intimately, animals rescued her.

The real estate market in Canada is booming and if you recently bought or sold a property, you may find yourself moving quite soon.

If you have pets your move can be a little more complicate­d. According to a new study by The Physiologi­cal Society as seen on Globalnews. ca, moving is included in the ‘Top 20 Stressors’ in life and adding pets to the process adds to your stress. But if you do some prep work and make a transition plan before your move, it may alleviate some of the pressure for you and your pets.

If possible, take your pets to their new home before you move into it full time. Even a short visit or walk through the house may help your pets settle in quicker after moving. Walking your dog through the new house and neighbourh­ood may help them feel more comfortabl­e. It may not be as easy to take your cat to the new home but there are things you can do to help them during the transition period and keep them safe on moving day.

On the day of your move, try to keep your cat in one room for their safety. Once you move, you should keep your cat contained exclusivel­y in a couple of rooms in their new home. Once they are more familiar with the sounds and smells in their new residence you can give them more freedom to roam.

You should keep your pets away from movers but especially open doors on moving day. If you have more than one pet, try restrictin­g them together in one room. Keep the door locked, television/ radio turned on, cool water, food and toys to keep them occupied. You may want to consider having them spend the day at a friend’s home, with whom they are familiar, or doggy daycare. The noise and activity on moving day can be unsettling, even for the most relaxed or laid-back pets.

Settling into a new home can be stressful for your pets. Try to have their beds, bowls, toys, scratching posts and anything else easily accessible in the new home. Those items will help your pets feel more at home in their new surroundin­gs. They will need ample time to feel comfortabl­e and safe in their new environmen­t.

As a pet owner, you may be well aware that pets are emotional sponges who feed off our energy. Try to keep the stress down by keeping their schedule as regular as possible. Your pets should settle into your new home with greater ease if you can accomplish that.

Please be kind to animals.

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