How to Prepare Your Home for a New Pet

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Adopting or buying a new animal and inviting it into your home is thrilling!  There’s a fun rush of excitement at the idea of starting a life together with this new fuzzy friend, but it’s also overwhelming since you have to consider if you’re prepared for this responsibility. So, if you’re inviting a new furry friend into your home, here are some of the top things you can do to prepare your home for their arrival!

Research the Pet and Layout Your Home for Their Needs

For cats and dogs, it’s a good idea to put away as many chemicals and cleaners as you need.  For other animals, you should heavily research what they need to be happy. For example, like mice, some animals can’t have anything scented because it could kill them, while others need heat lamps or humidifiers to be satisfied.  Take the time to thoroughly research your specific pet and what it means to take care of one.  Although this can be overwhelming, and no pet is cheap to care for, it’s a good step in the right direction.

Avoid Hiding or Minimizing the Pet Furniture They May Need

Although you don’t have to get enough pet furniture to need to look at Banff homes for sale, you should try to set up your home in a way that makes it feel like home to them as well. For example, cats need a type of walkway or perch-way that will allow them to make it at least halfway around a room without having to walk on the ground, especially if there are other pets.  Including scratching posts for cats and toys and beds for dogs, and try to furnish it in a way that will seem inviting and exciting to them.  

Set Up A Home Base: Especially If You Have Other Pets

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Set up a room with a door for the new pet to acclimate in.  This could be for the first day or the first few weeks.  If you have other dogs or cats in your home, it’s a good idea to set this home base in an area where your other pets don’t necessarily go quite as often.  Include their food dishes, a soft surface, and whatever else they need in this space so that they can get used to the smells and sounds of your home first.

Talk to Children and Explain Pet Care

This is an important step that some parents forget to do, which could put both the child and the pet at risk.  If you have kids in your home, especially if they’re younger than 13, sit them down and talk to them about what it means to have a pet and what work will require both of you.  Don’t scare them or make it seem harder than it may be, but be honest that this is another life, and it’s going to need work and kindness from both of you.

Taking in an animal and giving it home is exciting!  Do your research, create a home that feels like it belongs to them as well, and you’ll make your new pet the happiest animal ever.