When it comes to getting a new puppy or kitten (or their older variants) for the family home, the preparation rarely extends beyond excitement. And of course, there’s no denying that it is indeed an exciting time. A furry little animal exploring the home, growing up before your very eyes? What could be better? However, before you get too lost in a daydream of what you home is going to be like when the creature arrives, it’s time to live in the real world for a moment. And the real world demands that you get your home ready for your new family member. Here’s how you do it.
Do your Research
You can reel off the color of your new pet’s eyes, how flurry its fur is, what its name is going to be, and so on, but what do you really know about it? As in, not about its personality and looks: but about what’s in its DNA? Before you collect your new pet and bring it home, make sure you’re aware of its breed. In doing so, you’ll be able to learn about its character traits, how it reacts in new surroundings, and so on.
Making it Pet-Proof
Getting a new pet is akin to having a baby. And just like you’d take time to baby-proof your home, you always need to make sure that your property is safe for a cat or dog that isn’t yet quite so sure about what is safe and what isn’t. As a general rule, you’ll want to ensure that they’re not able to access any potentially dangerous areas, such as the kitchen, or the basement, or the outdoor area. Before picking up your pet, walk around your home and ask “if I were a dog/cat, could I hurt myself here?”
Making the Space
In time, your pet will be able to visit the majority of the home, but in the beginning, as in the very beginning, it’s best to limit them to one or two rooms. This can be temporarily be dubbed “the new pet room.” Load it up with toys and blankets, make sure that anything dangerous or valuable is moved away, and let your new family member claim it as their own.
Getting the Essentials
Of course, it’s not all about toys and soft blankets (though they are important!). You’ll also need some essential pet items to ensure everything runs smoothly, and to protect your home. If you’re getting a cat, look at the different Litter Robot models, and select the one that’s best for the needs of you and your car. If you’re getting a dog, then a large and comfortable crate will enable you to keep an eye on and dog train your new best friend.
Get Ready for a Mess
Finally, one of the best preparation tips is to ready yourself for a mess. There’s always going to be a bedding in process where things get dirty and ruined. Accept it! In no time, everyone will be at home.