Discover all that awaits at 5 West. Within each of our 1 bedroom and 2 bedroom homes and throughout our community, the variety of unique amenities will easily suit the needs of every resident. Our pet-friendly community is always happy to welcome our residents and their furry friends. If you’re making the move with your pet, we have gathered a few tips that will help everyone get acclimated to their new home. See our tips for moving with pets here and find your new home at our apartments near Tampa International Airport!

Best Tips for Moving with Pets

#1 Exercise before the Move

Physical Activity

Engage your pet in a vigorous play session or take them for a long walk before the moving process begins. This can help burn off excess energy and reduce anxiety. Tiring them out before your move will help to keep them out of the way as they rest and you won’t have to worry about them being cooped up in a new space.

Calming Effect

Exercise can have a calming effect on pets, making them more relaxed during the hustle and bustle of moving day. Pets can be anxious and if you know your pet is more anxious than most, having them exercise before your move will keep them calm as things may get hectic around them.

Prevent Escapes

A tired pet is less likely to try to escape during the chaos of moving, reducing the risk of them getting lost or injured.

#2 Keep Them Secure During Travel

Appropriate Carrier

Use a carrier or crate that is appropriate for your pet's size and weight. Make sure the carrier is well-ventilated and has a secure latch. This will keep them in a confined space to keep them calm in the car and a lot of times, a pet’s crate is their safe space so they will feel comfortable during travel.

Car Travel

Secure the carrier in the back seat of your car using a seatbelt or other restraint to prevent it from sliding or tipping over. If your pet isn’t used to riding in the car, you may want to start taking them on trips and gradually extend the length so they can get used to riding.

Air Travel

If flying, check with the airline for their specific pet travel guidelines. Ensure your pet's carrier meets their requirements and has all necessary identification and documentation.

#3 Gradual Introductions to the New Home

Safe Space

Set up a designated area in your new home where your pet can feel safe and secure, such as a quiet room with their bed, food, water, and litter box (for cats). This will not only allow them to get comfortable with their new home, but it will also help to keep them out of the way as you unpack and put things away.

Slow Introduction

Allow your pet to explore one room at a time, starting with their safe space. Supervise them closely to ensure they don't get into any hazards. By exploring one area at a time, you will give your pet time to get accustomed to the space and you will avoid overwhelming them.

Positive Reinforcement

Use treats and praise to reward your pet for exploring their new environment. This will help them associate the new home with positive experiences.

With these tips, you can make the move to our apartments near Tampa International Airport a breeze. Come home to 5 West and contact us today for more information!

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