Making your home pet-ready might seem like a lot of work. But it’s actually easier than you think. Some owners manage to get their home pet-ready in as little as a week. It’s just a question of figuring out who is going to do the feeding, change the little and wash the bedding. Here are some strategies you can use to streamline the process.
Buy Your Pet Plenty Of Toys In Advance
Pets can sometimes chew your furniture, damage your doors and rip your curtains. They’re not trying to make your life a misery. Instead, they’re simply going along with their natural instincts.
To prevent this from happening, make sure that you buy them plenty of different kinds of toys in advance. Look for toys that they can easily put in their mouths that will discourage them from chewing the furniture instead.
Prepare Yourself For A Period Of Adjustment
It can take a while for a new pet to settle into your home. If you adopt, many believe that they will soon be heading back to the kennels or their old owners. They struggle to understand why they are in a new place. Young dogs and cats will often cry as part of the adjustment to their new environment. Don’t bring them to your bed and try to soothe them, as you might a human baby. Instead, keep them in a kennel or a room and set up the area to prevent them from wandering all over the place.
Make Your Home Pet Proof
Before you bring animals back to your home, you’ll need to pet proof the area. Make sure that they can’t electrocute themselves on plug sockets or wedge themselves behind the TV. Also ensure that there isn’t anything sharp lurking on the floor or behind the sofa in areas that they are small enough to access.
Owners need to make sure that dogs can’t access any potentially dangerous chemicals found in typical households. Things to keep out of reach include lawn care products, bleach, gum, medications, and cleaning solutions.
Stock Up On Supplies
You’ll want to stock up on supplies in advance of the arrival of your pet from brands such as Pet-Ness. You’ll need items such as ID tags, litter boxes, food, medications, leashes and collars. Having all of these items ready to go helps to get you off to a flying start. It also prevents you from having to return to the pet store over and over again to get the things that you need.
Secure Your Doors And Windows
If your new pet is a cat, you’ll need to ensure that your doors and windows have latches that they can’t open. Ideally, you should buy and install cat screening beforehand to ensure that your home is secure. Pay close attention to bathroom accessibility as cats may view the toilet bowl as a place to get water – which obviously isn’t hygienic for them. Latches are generally affordable and easy to install around your home in less than a week.