How to Prepare Your Home for a New Pet

July 20, 2022

Are you welcoming a cat or rescue dog into your family? Congratulations! We hope you are as excited as they are because it’s time to prepare. You took your time visiting cat and dog shelters and found the furry friend you need to give you a paw up in life. Don’t worry, their transition doesn’t have to be ruff. Join us as we share some tips on what to do to make your new pet feel right at home.

Mentally Prepare Yourself

You’ll never forget the first day you bring your pet home and neither will they. If you’ve ever brought your significant other home to meet your parents, it’s a little like that, so you better be on top of your game. If you’re adding a cat to your family, this is especially true because they’ll let you know how they feel right away. Whether you are welcoming a dog or cat into your home, it will take some effort and planning to get ready for their arrival to make your home as cozy and inviting as possible.

Pet-Proof Your Home

Some pets, like gerbils and hamsters, have cages where they can hang out, but for some reason, they have a knack for getting out of them. So as you prepare your home, channel the essence of the animal you are welcoming into your family. See your home from their perspective. Be the animal. You can also:

Prepare Your New Pet’s Dedicated Space

It’s time to ponder where your new animal will be spending most of their time. Why? You want your animal to not only be safe, but happy and comfortable too. If you adopted your new pet from a dog shelter, give the shelter staff a call because they will know their likes and dislikes like the back of their hands. Asking them how they adjusted to shelter life will give you valuable insight into how to tailor your environment to their needs.

We Make Your Pet Feel At Home

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