Like a new baby’s coming, one would need to prepare for the coming of the pet. Preparing your home for a new pet means making the home pet friendly.
Pets have needs that the owner would need to meet. These needs include eating well, sleeping comfortably, health services, and a space where they can comfortably play and move in.
Knowing these needs beforehand calls for one to prepare their home in such a way that will allow for meeting these needs.
It will also ensure that one would not experience a strain when the new life with the pet begins.
Here are ways that one can prepare their home before going to bring a new pet.
1. Get utensils for your pet
Your pet, whether a dog or a cat, will need to eat from a clean place. These will have to be utensils specifically meant for them. This means that one needs to acquire these bowls before the pet arrives home.
Going for non-slip bowls would be ideal. These will ensure that your pet eats comfortably in one position without the bowl moving around.
On the first day, the pet arrives, it would be good to have the pet eating from its bowl.
2. Cleaning materials
Sponges and even soap would also need to be specific for cleaning the pet’s dishes.
One should also remember to look for a place or a container to place these cleaning sponges so that they do not mix with the ones in the kitchen.
3. Prepare your home for the pet including getting a pet bed
Another thing to consider when preparing your home for the pet is where they will sleep. A pet needs a specific place to sleep.
Different pet stores sell different bed types according to the pet’s specifications. Features that any bed you choose should have is comfort, support, and big enough to enable stretching out.
While preparing for where your pet will sleep, one would also need to include bedding, such as special sizeable mattresses they can lay on.
4. Play and movement space.
A pet would, from time to time, need to move around. Other times, they would want to run around and play.
Therefore, the need for play would mean that a home should have an open space for this need.
A home may have things that may harm the pet if not well placed. For instance, electric cables may trip them up as they move around, leading to injury or choking.
When you prepare your home for the pet in terms of safety, here are other things to consider.
- Sealing up open fireplaces
- Locking up open windows and openings.
6. Have a First Aid Kit
However much one tries to make the home safe for a pet, accidents may happen. This knowledge requires that one have a way of helping the pet just in case the pet gets injured.
Prepare your home for the pet by ensuring that there is a pet first aid kit for emergency cases.
7. Keeping away fragile valuables
Pets move from place to place and may hit or knock things. This constant movement means valuables like vases will not be safe when a pet is around.
One would need to look for a place to put them so that there won’t be fear of them breaking even as the pet moves around.
8. Flea Preventative Measures
With pets around, fleas may infest a home. You would not want your home to have fleas. Having this fact in mind, it is vital to have a way to keep the fleas at bay. One will therefore have to invest in shampoos, collars, sprays, and topical insecticides.
Preparing your home for the arrival of your pet is all about making the home accommodating for the pet. At the end of the preparation process, the pet should be able to live comfortably and safely.
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