How to prepare for a new pet
So you’ve decided to buy a new pet. Maybe you’ve never had this type of pet before, or this is your first time buying a pet as an adult.
Don’t worry - the process doesn’t have to be as overwhelming as it can feel. Fortunately, there are steps you can take before you even get your pet that will help the transition to be a pet owner much smoother.
- Pet-proof your home
If you’re buying a puppy or kitten, one of the first things you’ll need to do is ensure your home is pet-proof. Do you see cords that could be chewed on? Valuable items that could get knocked over? These are the type of things you’ll need to adjust before bringing your furbaby home.
Make sure your pet will not be able to access any:
- Poisonous substances
- Lawn care products
- Cleaning items
- Small toys which can be swallowed
- Electrical cords
- Make your pet’s space
Have you decided where your pet will sleep? Is your pet going to be an indoor or outdoor pet? Are there areas of the house that your pet will be restricted from accessing? These are questions that you will need to answer prior to bringing home your pet.
Make sure you have the sleeping area prepared for your pets first night in the new home.
- Prepare for adjustment
Speaking of sleep, you may need to prepare to not get much of it in the transition period. If you are buying a puppy or kitten, be prepared for lots of crying during the night. You may wish to purchase a large clock that can be placed beneath your pet’s bed. The ticking sound will help to soothe your pet and help them sleep through the night.
During this period it can be tempting to bring the pet into bed with you to make sure they are happy and can sleep. However, this can cause the pet to be too dependent. Instead, make sure the pet stays in its own bed. This will help to ensure your pet gets used to sleeping through the night on their own and will grow to be more independent.
- Purchase toys
Your pet will need toys to play with, so make sure you purchase some of these before you bring your pet home. This will help to avoid pets chewing on household items. Keep in mind that toys will be prone to be ruined when the pet is younger, so be prepared to buy more toys!
- What will your pet do during the day?
If you work full time during the day, this can be a difficult thing to figure out. Puppies and kittens are similar to babies - they cannot be left alone during the day. Do this, and you risk coming home to a destroyed house and neighbours who have heard lots of barking and crying.
Before getting a pet, make sure you consider if someone will have to stay home from work, if you can bring your pet to work, or if you will have to invest in doggy daycare.
Following these steps will help you to prepare for a new pet and make the transition into pet ownership all that much easier.
Need more help or looking for a new pet? Contact Companion Petz today.