It can be a lot of work welcoming a new pet to your home. It’s important to have all of the essentials ready before your new family member arrives. Planning and preparing for your four-legged friend’s arrival also means pet-proofing your home. Follow these three tips to help you better prepare for your new furry friend.
#1 Keep Hazardous Materials Away From Your Pet
Pets are naturally curious, especially when entering a new home. Tucking medications away in cabinets and drawers will prevent potential accidents from occurring. Keeping your cleaning supplies and products out of the way will also help ensure your pet doesn’t get into anything they don’t need. You can check the packaging on any product you are worried about to ensure it’s safe for your pet.
#2 Have All Your Pet Supplies Ready To Go
Food, water, and a safe place to call their own should be the first thing your new pet experiences when they come home. Providing your dog with a confined space like a crate or kennel with a bed for them to rest on can help calm their nerves as they enter their new environment. In comparison, a litter box, food, and toys are the main essentials for your feline friends! If your new furry family member has access to multiple rooms inside or outside the house, be sure to provide them with water bowls in several locations to promote hydration.
#3 Remove Unsafe Plants
Several common household plants can be toxic to your cat or dog. Lily’s, Aloe Vera, Pothos, Snake Plants, and English Ivy’s are all examples of unsafe plants for your pets. A curious pet in a new environment is prone to explore, sniff and even nibble on your plants and other toxic materials. Remove or move any unsafe plants, so they are out of reach for your new pet.
Contact us if you have any more questions about preparing your home for your new arrival.