How to Prepare Your Home for a Pet

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Getting a pet is a huge commitment. The continuous care and costs that come with a pet can seem like a lot, but the rewards you get from their unconditional love and cuddles are well worth it! But before you bring your new pet home for the first time, there are a few things you need to do to prepare. 

Here are a few things to consider:

 

Pick Up Supplies

Your new pet will need a place (or two!) to sleep that’s appropriate for your animal’s size, bowls for food, and toys. Depending on what type of animal you get, you may also need to get a litter box, litter, scratching post, and a harness and leash. Find items that match your decor and fit into the space you’re thinking of putting them.

 

Decide Where Your Pet Will Spend Its Time

If you want to keep your pet out of your bedroom(s) or any other space in your home , start closing the door(s) now to get in the habit. And if you have a place in your home where you’d like your pet to sleep, prepare that area with their bed and a few blankets. If your family spends lots of time in a living room or family room, you may want to keep your pet’s toys in there so playtime can include everyone.

 

De-Scratch Your Home

Some cats do like to mark their territories and may scratch your furniture. Keeping a few scratch posts around your house and re-directing them to use those when they scratch is a good start. If you’re still having issues with scratching, try putting double-sided tape around your furniture to discourage them from going near those pieces.

 

Roll Up Rugs & Cover Carpets

Some animals don’t come home potty trained so prepare to have a few accidents in your home while you teach them to use their litter box or wait for walks. If you have expensive floors that are difficult to clean, you may want to put down some potty pads to catch any messes. And you may want to roll up your pricey rugs as well.

 

Create a Safety Check

If you have any loose cords, find a way to tuck them away, tape them down, or remove them completely — animals like to chew on cords, which can damage them and create shocks!

Check your blinds and curtains for any cords or loose parts, which could create a choking hazard.

Move any chemical cleaners or other dangerous items to closets or higher shelves where they can’t be knocked over or chewed on by your animals.

 

Part With Your Plants

Most people don’t realize that many plants and flowers can be poisonous to animals! Even the ones that aren’t poisonous could have been sprayed by chemicals that may make your animal sick. Get rid of any plants you have or at least put them in a room or shelf you’re certain your animal can’t get to. And do some research by talking to your vet and buying from garden centres who don’t use chemicals before you bring any more plants into your home.

 

We hope you have many happy, healthy years with your pet! If you have any questions about selling your home or any houses for sale on the MLS listings, please contact us today.