Are you are the proud owner of a pet? Well, you aren't alone. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), approximately 36.5% of all U.S. households own a dog and 30.4% own a cat. There's nothing that compares to the unconditional love and loyalty offered by our furry friends. If you're planning to move, however, you'll need to take some basic precautions to ensure your dog or cat has a safe and enjoyable transition. Here are some moving tips for homeowners with pets
Moving Tips for Homeowners with Pets
Keep Pet Supplies Stored in a Safe Location
Moving is a hectic and stressful event. When you're busy packing boxes and trying to prepare furniture for the big day, you may inadvertently lose some important items, including pet supplies. Being that pet supplies such as food, medicine, a leash and crate are essential for your pet's well-being, however, you should store these items in a safe location where they won't get lost. It's not a bad idea to store these and other essential items in your car, as this eliminates the possibility of someone accidentally packing them.
Introduce Your Pet to His Soon-to-Be Home
Don't wait until the actual moving day to introduce your pet to his new home. You'll probably be too busy moving and unpacking boxes to calm and care for your pet, which can lead to increased anxiety. So, contact the seller to see if he or she will allow you to visit your soon-to-be home before this day, in which case you can also bring your pet. If you own a dog, walk him around the house on a leash so he can . If you own a cat, keep him in a carrier and take in different rooms in the house.
Pet-Proof Your Home
Of course, it's also a good idea to pet-proof your home. This involves identifying and removing potential hazards, including poisonous plants, toxins, exposed electrical cords, etc.
What About Renting?
If you're renting a home instead of buying, you'll need to check with the landlord beforehand to determine whether pets are allowed. Some landlords prohibit tenants from owning pets altogether, whereas others allow them if the tenant pays an additional "pet deposit" (usually non-refundable).
Additionally, you may find that some landlords are picky about which pets tenants can own, allowing smaller dogs and cats but prohibiting big ones. These are all things that you need to find out before you sign a lease, if you own a pet.
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