You and the kids aren't the only ones who are disrupted by moving to a new property — Iwona Ward of Royal LePage Real Estate Services in Toronto wants you to consider the impact it may have on your furrier family members.
Just like you, your pets have grown accustomed to the layout of your current home as well as the surroundings.
A cat or dog can lose its bearings when suddenly placed in a new setting, which can be stressful.
In fact, your pet may try to run away when suddenly introduced to a new house, so ensure they're wearing proper identification tags so that they can be found and returned.
If you have a cat crate, this may be the time to use it. Consider leaving your dog with a neighbour until you get settled in your new digs.
Try to ensure there aren't any strong odours from past pets in the new home, as this may seem threatening to your cat or dog.
They identify their territory using their sense of smell more than you do.
You may want to have the home cleaned professionally from top to bottom before you introduce them to the space.
Be patient with your pooch or kitty; it's a big deal for them to be uprooted from the family home.
Gently guide them around the new house and show them each room, just like you would a person.
Let them investigate the yard, but ensure they won't be able to slip away.