It is a delightful phase in life
when you finally decide to bring home a pet with you. But before you do this,
it is best that you need to undergo a discussion with the member of your
household to put the responsibilities in place. Through this, the transition of
moving your new furry member will be a smooth one.
So, here are the things that you
can do to prepare your home for a new pet:
1. Pet-proof your home: Before
you adopt a pet, you need to ensure that your home is safe from any hazardous
surroundings. Take away any poisonous foods, pet-unfriendly plants, and unsafe
domestic substances inside your household. Also, keep in mind that the
following items should be kept out of reach from your pets: medications,
electronic cords, cleaning solutions, sugar-free gum, toys with small pieces,
and lawn care products.
2. Clean your house from top
to bottom: When you have valuable items lying around, store them in a
closed storage container that are out of reach. If there are spaces that an
animal can get into, make sure to block them to prevent them from getting
stuck. For pet supplies, find a place to store them to avoid confusion. This is
also a great time to decide on where you want your pet to exercise. If
possible, the room you choose should be spacious enough.
3. Prepare for an adjustment
period: Anticipate that there will be a lot of crying especially when
you’re bringing a puppy or kitten into your home. Baby pets will surely cry
during the night since they’re still adjusting into their new home. If you think
that bring them into your bed will soothe them, don’t. Instead, put them in an
enclosed, quiet space with a comfortable bed to prevent them from wandering.
4. Secure the door and window
screens: If you’re getting a cat, make sure that your window and door
screens are well-secured. You can even buy screening that is cat-proof since
they could easily scratch it or tear it down with their claws. Also, close the
toilet because your cat or dog may think of it as a giant water bowl and
they’ll try to get a drink on it.
5. Decide where your pet will
be staying: The best option is that your pet should stay with you. This can
be beneficial when your pet first joins your family. If you have the luxury to
bring your pet work, then do it. You can also setup an exercise pen so that you
can leave your dog at home and not have to worry about them getting bored.
Adoption is a big transition for
you and your new pet. Once you establish these fundamentals, you will help your
pet feel secure in their new environment and make it easier to bond with them.