Our pets notice everything. It doesn’t matter if we move around all of the furniture in our homes or if we simply move a little rug from one place to another. Our little furry friends are paying attention and will usually question why we did what we did.
When we change things around in our homes, it’s usually because we’re either bored with the layout of the furniture or we get a new piece of furniture that requires us to change things up a bit in order to make the new item fit. Whatever the reason, making these changes in our lives generally makes us feel better. Like everything is fresh and new.
Our pets don’t see these changes to their homes in exactly the same way that we do. They oftentimes view any changes to their environment as something to be upset about. Our dogs and cats love routine. They need everything in their worlds to stay the same. This need might include having the kitchen table stay in the same place where it’s been for the last 10 years.
I have talked with dogs and cats who’ve told me that they don’t like where a chair has been moved and to tell their people to move it back. Cats definitely complain about any changes more than dogs do. And cats can be pretty insistent about wanting their wishes obeyed. I always tell the offended animals that they are not the ones in charge of their homes. That their people make all the decisions. And while I’m sorry they are upset with the changes going on around them, this is something they will need to get used to. Of course I also tell these animals that I will pass on to their families how they feel about having changes in their lives. This doesn’t mean things will go back to the way they were. But it does mean their people will know how they’re feeling. Sometimes this is all they need to hear.
If you want to change around the furniture in your home or add additional furniture or even take some pieces away, don’t let Miss Fluffy’s hissing stop you. It’s your home, you pay the bills and buy what you need to make your home comfortable and pleasant. I would caution you, though, on doing everything at once. We want Miss Fluffy to get used to the changes and not meet you at the door every evening with bits of your sofa in her claws and a pee stain on your new pillows.
Remember, our pets are watching and they will be reacting. Some more than others. Some not so much. The best case scenario is that our pet notices that we’ve moved our bed to the other side of the bedroom and just shakes their head at our fickleness.
Blessings to you and your furry friends.