10 Tips To A Pet-Friendly Home
Bringing home a new pet is an exciting time for everyone! It’s also a big responsibility. Creating a new home for a furry friend isn’t just about getting the right pet beds, and deciding who does the house training. There are a lot of safety issues for your pet you might not even know about. Check out this list to make sure your home is as pet-safe as possible, so your new friend can explore his new home in comfort and safety, and you don’t have to worry about anything except the odd mess!
- Get An Air Purifier
No matter whether you’re a dog or a cat person, pets drastically increase the amount of allergens in your home. Between dander, pet hair, and the dust dogs bring inside, or litter dust from a cat, will increase the amount of dirt and debris in your home. Invest in an air purifier, and you will protect your family from all the pet mess, and also cut down on pet odor in your home.
- Check With A Vet
Before getting a new pet, check with your vet about how you can pet-ready your home. Make notes of shots you need, and risks you haven’t considered. If you’re thinking about getting a shelter animal, be aware they may struggle with behavioral issues relating to stress and separation anxiety. Keep an open dialogue with your vet to keep on top of any problems right from the start.
- Switch To Green Cleaners
It goes without saying, when you’re pet-proofing a house, to lock up any hazardous or toxic materials. New pets, especially when they’re untrained, create a lot of mess – and that means a lot of extra cleaning. To keep your space clean and safe for your family and your new pet, use natural cleaners like vinegar, lemon juice and baking soda, and stay away from harsh chemicals and bleaches.
- Keep Your Home Clutter Free
Pets are curious, especially when they’re in a new home. Keep your home clutter-free, and anything that smells interesting to an animal, under lock and key. Regular clean ups can also help you keep pet hair from spreading, and keep your new pet’s belongings contained in a room, or crate, which helps with training.
- Secure Your Rubbish Bags
Rubbish bags are full of dangers for your new friend. Between chemicals, bacteria, and packaging, your pets can be at serious risk if they get into the garbage. Like toddlers, they don’t really understand what’s best for them. Think about the ropes used to tie butchers meat, or the food you throw away when it starts to go bad. Keep your trash in a container with a secured lid, to protect your new friend.
- Set Boundaries Early And Enforce Them Often
Training is a huge part of owning a new pet. Begin training as soon as you bring a puppy or kitten home. Enforce boundaries by closing doors, or using baby gates or pet playpens. The sooner your pet learns the rules of the home, the easier it will be to keep them safe and secure.
- Get Some Pet Friendly Furniture
Antique furniture is not the best idea when you’re bringing home a scratching, biting, shedding machine! Swap out your upholstered furniture for leather or wooden varieties, which are easier to clean off. Invest in some scratch posts and chew toys to keep growing teeth and nails strong and healthy, without sacrificing your furniture.
- Tape or Wrap Electrical Cords
Electrical cords are a huge risk to pets, especially when they’re small and low to the ground. Keep yours safely tucked away. Cord organizers can help keep your electronics from tangling, which makes them a lot safer for your pets – but it doesn’t stop them dangling temptingly off desks and tables. Tape them down with electrical tape so pets can’t get at them, and you won’t need to worry.
- Create A Safe Bed
Having a safe place for your pet to hang out when he’s having a stressful day is essential and can come in handy when you have visitors and he’s not fully trained. Creating a room or crate for your pet can make a big difference in training. A soft pet bed where your pet can feel safe will really help keep him off your bed, which makes training a lot easier. Line the bed with an old sweatshirt or t-shirt of yours, to get your pet used to your scent, and keep his food and toys nearby too.
- Make Sure Everyone Knows What To Expect
A new pet is a lot of fun, but it’s also a huge responsibility. The best way to keep your pets safe, is to get everyone involved. Make sure every member of your family, including kids, and other pets, know what to expect. Introduce any other pets to the new arrival one at a time. Let them get to know each other’s scent. If they’re both too big to be held, keep them on loose leashes, enough to pull back if you need to, but still give them the freedom to get to know each other. Bear in mind, getting a new pet during a major holiday can be a stressful experience for everyone. There are new smells to adjust to, and usually a lot of noise and chaos. Like babies, animals need routine and scheduling. You don’t need to put your life on hold, but while you’re still training, you may want to keep your new pet to his own area of the house.
Adding a new member of the family takes some juggling. A pet is a big responsibility, and any pet lover will tell you that bringing home a new pet is a lot like bringing home a cute, fluffy toddler. They need a lot of attention, a lot of boundaries, and they have a tendency to get curious about plenty of things that can get them into trouble! With this checklist, you can keep your home safe for your furry new addition, and stop worrying.