How to Help Your Pets Feel Cozy in Their New Home

by Paula Burton 10/17/2021

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As true creatures of habit, dogs and cats are not particularly fond of moving to a new home. There’s no good way to explain it to them either, leaving them feeling a bit shaken up until everyone gets settled in. Thankfully, you can ease their distress and help them feel cozy in their new living space by using the following tips.

Bring a Piece of the Old Place

As you clean up everything and get your items packed away, skip washing the kitchen rug, front doormat or other mat your pet enjoys lying on. Instead, bring it along with its dirt - and scent - intact, so they can feel like they have a piece of home wherever they go. Once they spread their scent all over the new place, you can wash it without sending them into a tizzy.

Give Them Their Own Space

Your pets won’t feel comfortable in their new home until they have their own dedicated space. So, the second you get in the doors, set up their crate, cat tree and beds in their designated zones. Then, put out the food and water dishes, treats included, to let them know that this is their domain. As your pets retire to their newfound spots, avoid the urge to enter their zone. Just let them relax, and they will come around soon enough.

Plan to Stay Home Together

If at all possible, it’s best to take at least a couple days off to spend with your pet at your new home. Although you’ll likely be busy unpacking, your pet will greatly appreciate your presence. You can offer them gentle words and plenty of love to help ease their stress about the whole situation. Just avoid coddling them if they’re acting fearful since that can confirm their worries and worsen their anxiety.

Make Fun a Top Priority

When you can take a moment away from all the unpacking and organizing, use your breaks to have a bit of fun with your pet. You can play chase, fetch or other fun games while exploring the home, inside and out. By getting all your pet’s energy out, their anxiety levels will decrease, making it easier for them to rest. You can then cuddle up on the couch together at the end of the day and relax without them pacing or otherwise acting worried.

Bring on the Treats and Praise

Positive reinforcement truly helps both dogs and cats exhibit wanted behaviors and leave the stress behind. To help them out, keep a pocketful of high value treats on hand, like pencil eraser sized tidbits of meat, cheese and the like. When you see your pets let their guard down, even for a brief second, give them a treat and ample praise. Then, gradually up the ante by waiting for them to settle down and relax for a minute or two before rolling out the rewards.

As you move through these steps, you’ll likely see your pets' stress melt away. They may still need a bit of time to get fully comfortable, but your efforts will go a long way in making that happen.

About the Author

Paula Burton

Premier Top Agent Producer Specialties: Buyer's Agent, Listing Agent, Relocation, Consulting I have enjoyed many wonderful years working with great Sellers and Buyers in servicing their real estate needs and making their dreams come true. And I want to take a moment to thank them for their business and putting their trust in me. In 2017 so far, I have produced 29 Listings and Sales closed, the highest price being $700,000. In 2016, I produced 32 Listings and Sales with the highest priced property at $690,000. In 2015, I produced 39 Listings and Sales with the highest priced property at $530,000. In 2014, I produced 32 Listings and Sales with the highest priced property at $523,000. Over the years, Listings and Sales have been from 30-43 properties a year up to $775,000. My seasoned experience as a Top Producing Agent gives me the knowledge, understanding, and professionalism to help service my clients in the best way possible in their best interest. We've become friends during the process and we always maintain a great relationship afterwards. Because of my strong work ethic in providing the best professional service for my clients, I have been complimented by receiving many referrals from them to help their families and friends in selling their properties and buying their next home, and in making their next move an enjoyable experience. I am affiliated with Century 21 AllPoints Realty in Southington specializing in central CT and having the ability to cover the entire state and out of state. I have over 25 years of professional experience winning many awards being the top producer in Southington over the years and the Century 21 top producer in the state of CT and in the Northeast region. I am a member of the Centurion Honor Society for consistent high top production for the past 14 years. I am a member of the Greater Hartford Board of Realtors, Vice Chair in 2016 of the Legal Awareness Committee, and on the Board of Professional Standards, and Chairwoman this year in 2017. I was previously affiliated with Calcagni Real Estate, and Prudential CT Realty (now Berkshire Hathaway) also achieving top production awards, adding to my professional success and expertise. I am excited about the real estate business and find great joy in helping my wonderful clients. Century 21 AllPoints Realty has 9 offices in the state of CT with Southington being the headquarters. We have been the top real estate office in Southington for the past 14 years in production, numbers of properties listed and sold. In the Century 21 network, my company has also been the top Century 21 company in the state of CT for the past 15 years, and one of the top Century 21 companies in the Northeast Region. We are a locally owned family business for the past 30 years with involvement in the local community and state, and have the selling power and outreach of a large global company - the best of both worlds and the best advantage for our clients. I myself have resided in Southington for many years, enjoying the wonderful community in the center of the state with convenient access to all the major highways. In my free time, I enjoy getting together with friends and family and clients for a cup of coffee, glass of wine, or a leisurely lunch or dinner. I love relaxing walks, exercising, and my yoga classes! I relax with a good movie, cooking, and I love travelling, I look forward to meeting with YOU ready to help fulfill YOUR real estate needs and dreams! Please contact me at any time!