Bringing home a new pet can be an exciting yet stressful time. Once you know what kind of pet you’re going to be getting, you should get started immediately with figuring out how to get your home ready so that both you and your new pet don’t miss a beat.
To assist you with this part of the pet process, here are three ways to prepare your home for bringing in a new pet.
Decide Where The Pet Will And Won’t Be Allowed
One of the first things that you need to decide is where your new pet will be allowed to go and what spaces in your home will be off limits.
Depending on the kind of pet that you’re bringing home, it might be confined to a very small area or have essentially free reign to go whenever it wants. But by thinking about this beforehand, you will give yourself somewhere to start in pet-proofing your home. So if you don’t want your pet to have access to your laundry room or you want to protect your shoes by blocking off your walk-in wardrobe, you can pet-proof those areas by blocking them off rather than having to make big changes there.
Get What You Need, Get Rid Of What You Don’t
For the spaces in your home that your pet will have access to, you then have to spend some time pet-proofing those areas so that the pet can’t destroy anything you want to protect and can’t get into anything that might hurt them.
Along with removing or putting away anything that you don’t want your pet to mess around with in the areas where they are allowed to you, you also will need to get some additional pet supplies to keep in this area. Based on the kind of pet you’ll be getting, you’ll need to get things like food and water bowls, toys, hygiene supplies, and more.
Give Your Pet Its Own Space
While you might love the idea of being able to share all of your space with your new pet, your new pet might not be as thrilled about this idea as you are initially. So to help your pet be comfortable, make sure you give it its own space that it can escape to if need be. This could be something like its own soft bed, its own house or living space to hide in, or just a secluded corner where it can keep its favorite toy.
Bringing home a new pet can be a big transition for you and for this animal. So to help make your lives together as happy and healthy as possible, consider using the tips mentioned above as you prepare your home for this beautiful life together.