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Moving: Settling into Your New Home

Moving to a new home may be stressful to your pet. So be patient and un-derstanding and provide lots of affection. Here are some pointers to help you settle in safely and sanely.

Cats

For the ?rst few days in your new home, it’s smart to con?ne your cat to one room, while you work on putting the rest of the place in order. Prepare the room with your cat’s bed, litter box, food and water bowls, and toys.

Now is the perfect time to make your cat an indoor-only pet, indoor-only cats live longer and healthier lives. Resist at-tempts by your cat to go outdoors if your cat hasn’t established an outdoor territory, he or she is less likely to be interested in going outside. Accessories such as window perches can ease the transition. If you play with your cat and supply lots of attention, your cat should have all he or she needs indoors.

Dogs

Ideally, your dog’s introduction to his new home will be with familiar furniture already in place, including his bed and crate, toys, and food and water bowls. If you must be away from home for many hours each day, look into a pet-sitter or consider dog day care.

Safety

Make your new home safe for all pets by being mindful of, or providing a se-cure place for them. Some hazards that can happen:

1 Poison-such as cleansers, insect sprays and pesticides, medications, chocolate, certain plants, and antifreeze. 2 Burn – such as plugged- in appliances, boiling liquids, open ?ames 3 Electrocute – such as worn lamp cords. 4 Strangle, Choke or Ob-struct Breathing – such as choke collars, small balls, sewing thread and needles, pantyhose, and bones. 5 Topple or Crush – such as precari-ously placed appliances, top-heavy ?ling cabinets, and lamps. 6 Allow Escape or Theft – such as loose screens and inadequate fences. Never leave your pet unattended on a balcony or chained in a yard.

Veterinary Care

As soon as possible, choose a vet-erinarian and take a practice drive to the nearest emergency veterinary clinic. Trying to ?nd it when you really need it can waste precious time. Also learn basic pet ?rst aid.

Disasters

Make sure you are prepared in the event of a disaster. Start by keeping a list on hand of community animal welfare resources. To receive our free disaster tips brochure, send a self-addressed, stamped business-sized envelope to: Disaster Tips The Humane Society of the United States, 2100 L St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20037.

Compliments of Jill Barsky, Your Pet friendly Realtor



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