TEN TIPS TO PREPARE YOUR HOME BEFORE GETTING A PET
Getting a pet in a house is like bringing a soft, furry bundle of joy. A pet is almost like a human child. We are their human parents. They take care of them, take them to their vet appointments, buy the best food, and get the best toys. Almost like a human child, no? If you are still wondering how they are similar to human babies, well, we have to clean up after them. Except humans grow up and take care of themselves, later on, animals rely on us to clean them up.
According to research, animals are mini therapists, their lovable nature and adorability are said to reduce negativity in our minds. Who can say no to such enormous blue eyes shining brightly when you crack your eyes open? Starting a day with your pet waking you up is a feeling on a whole new level.
They bring new light to your house, making it feel more homely than before. Their adorable acts and plays will light up your life, and no sooner, your gallery will be full of them. Their existence will bring comfort in your life that you never experienced before.
From birds to dogs or cats, they all have their unique and distinct personalities. Just like us! However, before you bring a pet in your home, there are a few things you must keep in mind.
This article will guide you on preparing your house before getting a pet, making it pet-friendly or pet-proof!
Know Your Pet
When a new member is added to your family, the first thing you do is get to know them. Get used to living with them. Pets are no different; you have to learn their schedule and know when to do what. For instance, you should learn how often the cat litter should be dumped or take your dog for a walk. What sort of food would they like, wet food or dry? Try different types and flavors to see which one your pet likes. How playful is your pet? Which toys attract him the most to go wild with joy while playing? Know your pet to live a peaceful life.
Make a Timetable
Set a schedule for your pet. Feed it at specific times and give them their play breaks and walks outside at particular times. Don’t randomly keep feeding your pet; this will cause them to become overweight, dangerous, and unhealthy. It would be best if you made notes on when your pet goes to do his private business and clean up after them. In short, make a schedule of everything your pet does to cope up with them.
It is often observed that many pet owners don’t let their pets roam freely on the furniture. However, the pet is a pet, strolls proudly on furniture without a care in the world. Let your family know about the boundaries you have set. It is better to agree on one thing instead of living how you want. If one member scolds and the other allows the pet on furniture, it will end up confused and unhappy. Let everyone be aware of what is permitted and forbidden for the pet.
Pet-proof The House!
Pet-proofing the house is as essential as baby-proofing the house. Babies spend their first few months bundled up, a pet doesn’t, and he will start romping around in no time. Therefore, it is vital to pet-proof your house. Put away any valuables that might get knocked off by your pet when he starts running around. It’s better to cover expensive furniture than cry later. Pets are mischievous creatures. They love to explore, so tape all the electrical cords and add baby-proof gates, preventing them from entering forbidden areas.
Stock on Pet Supplies
Your pet needs his share of supplies to remain full at all times. You never know when you will finish and then have to run out to get them. Stock up on litter bags, collars, ID tags, leashes, scratching posts, emergency food supplies such as dry food, etc. Start shopping before your pet comes, remember, first impression matters! Even for an animal, yes.
During the first few days, your pet will be anxious. Some animals adapt to their new space quickly while others take their time. If you have kids, make them understand not to rush their pet into engaging in activities for play. Ask them to be patient when the pet isn’t responding enthusiastically. Let him first adjust and settle, then watch him turn into a playful furball!
Make Space for Your Pet to Stay
Decide a room for your pet where they will sleep and play most of the time and pet-proof that room. Ensure that the windows and doors leading outside are closed at all times. Place comfortable bedding and put lots of toys for your pet. If it’s a cat, add a scratching post too!
Choose Your Veterinarian
An animal emergency room is no less horrific than a human’s. Pick your vet before welcoming your furbaby home. If animals are prone to get into any mishaps, you will know the person who can help you. Also, it’s recommended to get pet insurance to dodge the pricey bills.
Engage with Other Pet Owners
Having a four-legged companion for the first time can be stressful for new pet parents. Find other pet owners in your neighborhood and ask them for the advice of certain habits of animals that perplex you. For dogs, ask about dog walking routes and doggo-parks. This is a great way to communicate with your neighbors and learn a thing or two more about your furball!
Just as we potty-train our human babies, our pets need the same training, albeit a little differently. Give your kitty treats and pet him when he successfully uses his litter box. Reward him but never punish him when he doesn’t use the box. This may make him anxious, and he’d never get to learn to use it appropriately. It is typical behavior for a cat not to use his litter box. There are specific reasons behind it, either behavioral, medical, or emotional. Please get to the reason for your cat eliminating inappropriately instead of scolding him.
A pet is as much responsibility as having a human baby. With proper measures, you can live a beautiful life with your pet. They are lovable creatures who deserve a happy home and family. Make sure you give your furbabies lots of hugs and cuddles! Happy pet, happy life!