Tips for Families Moving with a Pet

Meyer Ranch in New Braunfels is designed to make it easier to savor life’s simple pleasures. For a majority of families, that means spending time with their pets. A recent survey by the American Veterinary Association found that Texas ranks ninth in the nation for the highest percentage of households with dogs. Nationwide, almost ¾ of all households have at least one pet of some kind.

Moving into your new pet-friendly home New Braunfels Tx is exciting, but it can also feel overwhelming. If it’s stressful for you, think how it feels for your pets, who don’t understand what’s happening or why. Pets sense your energy, so if you’re anxious, they probably will be, too.

There are several ways to make moving with a pet easier for every member of the family. Here are our most helpful in moving with pets tips.

Before moving with a pet: Get Prepared

Boxes and moving supplies can be tempting for curious kitties and dogs. Keeping everything in one room, or in the garage, with the door closed. Cats love to hide inside boxes, and bubble wrap and tape just look like toys to your dog or teething puppy. Removing temptation will make your move much easier.

Make sure the things your pets need will be easy to find after the move. A few items to have on hand include:

    • Waste bags
    • Favorite toys
    • Something for your dog to chew on (rawhide bones, chewing sticks or a favorite chew toy)
    • Leash
    • Kitty litter, box, and scooper
    • Crate, doggy gate or carrier
    • Blanket
    • Water bowls
    • Food

The Difference Between Cats and Dogs

Cats and dogs react differently o traveling or being crated. Cats often dislike being confined to a carrier or crate, while dogs may see their crates as a place of comfort.

Putting treats inside your cat’s crate prior to moving day can help ease his or her anxiety about getting inside. Consider making the carrier a little cozier with a small blanket or an old T-shirt that has your scent.

The scent is important to dogs, too. If you can, take your dog for a walk in your new neighborhood and let them check out the interior of your new home prior to moving day. The move may feel less scary to your dog if he or she is already familiar with all the smells.

If you’re moving from another city, it’s a good idea to research veterinarians and pet emergency rooms. Keep their information in your phone just in case something happens during the move. New Braunfels has several excellent veterinary clinics close to Meyer Ranch.

On the Big Day

Moving involves a lot of activity, open doors and distractions. Take some precautions to make sure your pet is safe and secure.

A few suggestions for moving with pets are:

  • Ask a friend or family member to take them in for the day
  • Take them to a doggy daycare or boarding facility
  • Install a pet gate in one of the doorframes
  • Keep your pets crated until the move is complete

Settling Into Your New Home at Meyer Ranch

In general, dogs are quicker to adjust to change than cats. Your cat may hide during the first few days in your new home. Don’t try to force him or her to come out. Be patient and allow them to take things at their own pace.

For both cats and dogs, a consistent routine is essential. Have a specific place for their food and water dishes, their beds, and litter boxes.

Exercise can help both you and your pets lessen anxiety and make the move easier. Finally, for dogs – and some cats – exercise wears them out and lessens their anxiety. Take your dog for walks in the new neighborhood – it’s also a great way to meet neighbors who have dogs of their own! If your cat has a favorite toy, spending some time engaging in active play will help them become accustomed to their new surroundings.

Making Your Home Pet-Friendly

For families with dogs, pet-friendly homes start with a securely fenced yard. Since your home at Meyer Ranch is brand new, this is less of a concern. However, you’ll still want to check for any areas your pet may be able to squeeze underneath or a gate that smart dogs can open easily.

For cat owners, you might consider keeping them confined to one room at first, then gradually let them explore the rest of your home.

Keeping Your Home Smelling and Looking Fresh

Once you’ve moved into your pet-friendly home New Braunfels Tx, you’ll want to keep it clean and free of tell-tale pet odors.

Here are a few tips for pet-friendly homes:

  1. Place doormats both inside and outside any entrances your pet will use. Mats are excellent initial barriers for dirt and germs – and they work for people, too!
  2. Groom your pets on a regular basis to help control shedding and odors. To stay on a regular schedule, book grooming appointments in advance or set reminders for yourself. If you groom your dog yourself, look for products that reduce odors.
  3. Vacuum or mop your floors frequently, especially the areas where your pet likes to play or nap.
  4. Cleaning your pet’s food and water dishes, and your cat’s litter trays, on a regular basis helps to control bacteria and odors.

 

Meyer Ranch has Something for Every Family Member

Meyer Ranch, a 700-acre master-planned community, offers something for everyone: a simpler way of life for you, excellent Comal ISD schools for the kids, and plans for a series of trails where you and your furry friend can get some fresh air and exercise.

Stop by our Community Welcome Center, tour our model homes, and get started on your new home at Meyer Ranch! We’ve hand-selected these homebuilders to be part of our community:

  • Ashton Woods Meyer Ranch – from the $240s.
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