Paw-sitive Transitions: Moving with Your Pets into a 55+ Community
April 20, 2023
Moving into a new home can be exciting and daunting, especially when you have pets to consider. At Preserve at Marsh Creek, we love our pets but understand the unique challenges of moving with pets and are here to help. In this blog, we’ll share some essential tips for making the transition to your new 55+ community as smooth and stress-free as possible for you and your furry friends.
Preparing for the Move
Start by getting your pets accustomed to their carriers or crates. A few weeks before the move, place their carriers in a familiar area of your home with the doors open. Add cozy blankets, toys and treats to create a positive association. Gradually increase your pets’ time inside the carriers until they feel comfortable and safe.
Veterinary Check-ups and Records
Schedule a visit to your veterinarian to ensure your pets are up-to-date on vaccinations and in good health for the move. Collect copies of their medical records, which your new 55+ community may require. If your pets are anxious or prone to car sickness, ask your veterinarian about medications or natural remedies to help alleviate these issues during the move.
Pet-Proofing Your New Home
Before you move, take the time to pet-proof your new home. Identify potential hazards, such as poisonous plants or unsecured cabinets, and address them before your pets arrive. Set up a designated pet area with their beds, toys and food dishes to create a familiar and welcoming space.
Keep a Consistent Routine
Pets thrive on routine, so maintaining consistency during the move is crucial. As you pack, keep their feeding and walking schedules as normal as possible. Once you’ve moved in, establish a new routine quickly to help your pets adjust to their new environment.
Moving Day Strategies
On moving day, assign one family member to be in charge of your pets. This person should ensure that your pets are secure and comfortable during the move, whether that means keeping them in a separate room or in carriers. If you’re moving a significant distance, plan for pet-friendly rest stops to allow your pets to stretch their legs and use the bathroom.
Be Patient and Provide Comfort
It’s natural for pets to be nervous or stressed during a move. Be patient and provide comfort by spending extra time with them, offering treats and engaging in everyday activities. Monitor your pets for signs of stress or anxiety, and consult your veterinarian if you notice any concerning behavior.
Meeting New Neighbors and Their Pets
As you settle into your new 55+ community, take the time to introduce your pets to their new neighbors and furry friends. Start with short, supervised interactions, and gradually increase the time spent together. This will help your pets develop positive relationships in their new community.
Time to Make Your Paw-sitive Move!
Moving with pets doesn’t have to be a stressful experience. Following these tips and prioritizing your pets’ needs can help ensure a smooth transition into your new home at Preserve at Marsh Creek. Don’t wait to start this exciting new chapter in your life! Contact us today to learn more about our beautiful 55+ community in Chester County, PA and how we can help you make the perfect move with your furry companions.