At a certain stage of life, downsizing your home into a more manageable space often feels like the right thing to do. However, if you have a pet, it's not just your own needs you have to consider.

Unlike humans, animals don't have sentimental possessions that help them feel at home; they rely on habit and familiarity to feel safe. Therefore, moving to a new space can be stressful as they're unfamiliar with the new smells and surroundings.

If you have a cat, dog, or even a smaller pet, such as a rabbit, here are some tips for downsizing.

Preparing Your Pet for a Move

When you move, you're likely to have to place your pet in a crate. Therefore, one simple step to make the move less stressful is to help get them used to their carrier.

You can do this by getting them to sit in the crate a few times before the move. You can also make the carrier a more fun place to be by putting treats, toys, and blankets inside with them. 

You can also look online for free resources for pet lovers. You are likely to find great information on crate training, harnesses, and playpens that could help your pooch in their new home. 

Prepare Your Home for Sale

Before potential buyers view your home, take some key steps to get your property ready to go on the market. For example, making necessary updates and repairs to windows, plumbing, or flooring can increase your home's value and buyers' interest. 

As a pet owner, you can also take some specific steps to ensure your home is sale-ready, including:

  • Remove any odors from the flooring or remaining upholstery
  • Paint over any scratch marks
  • Have any carpets or rugs professionally cleaned

If there are any issues with your home’s appliances or systems, check with your insurance company. The best home warranty provider for your needs will cover many common issues, so always check before footing the repair bill yourself. This can even apply to items you intend to take with you, such as your television and laundry machines, so it’s a good idea to ensure everything is in good working order before you pack up. 

Take Your Pet for More Walks

Downsizing to a smaller property often means less or no outside space, so if your pet is used to a large garden, it's important they have the opportunity to spend time outside.

Some people may think it's only essential to walk dogs. However, if you have a large cat breed, such as a Bengal cat, it's important to let them enjoy the outdoors. If your Bengal cat isn't used to being walked on a leash, you can help train them by first walking them indoors and using a harness.

Helping Your Pet Adjust to Its New Surroundings

Too much change at once can lead your pet to become anxious or overwhelmed, so taking steps to make your new home as familiar as possible to your pet is extremely important. You can do this by creating a space for their bed, toys, blankets, and anything that smells familiar to them. Have this space ready as soon as your pet arrives at your new home to help them feel at ease immediately. 

You can also make sure your pet feels content in their new space by remembering to give them plenty of attention and affection. 

Downsize Without Stress Today

Moving to a new home with a pet can be a stressful process. However, by getting your pet used to its carrier, setting up your new property for their arrival, and taking them out for more walks, you can reduce the anxiety surrounding the situation. 


It is especially important to keep tabs on your pup as they adjust to their new home environment. The FitBark tracker is a great way to put your mind at ease while you also keep tabs on Tank. Check out our products and how they can help you and your pup.