Parenting a pet is as responsible a task as parenting a human baby. They have their own set of needs and demand equal attention. Before you decide to pet one, you must consider certain factors that assure that you are able to provide them an ideal environment, which they need.
Here is a checklist that you should keep in mind to make your home pet-friendly.
1. Family Members
Before you welcome the new member, the first thing that you must make sure is that every member of your family is on-board. A healthy and affable environment for the newest member must be your priority, which helps them adjust well.
2. Pet Friendly Lifestyle
Make sure you are able to attend to your pet’s need whenever the situation demands. They will have different needs during different stages of lives, they will need to be taken outdoors, visits to veterinarians and many other things. Be mentally & physically prepared for all the errands.
3. Enough Space
Provide them enough space of their own. They cannot be confined to a particular area, especially if it is a large breed. A spacious play area where they do not feel chained, where they can enjoy their independent games is a must.
4. Long Term Commitment
Most importantly, since there will be a lot of adjustments from both the ends, you must know that petting is a long-term commitment. Before you welcome the new member home, better research well about the breed, their nature and needs. As this will have an impact on your lifestyle as well.
Some other basic things to consider before-hand.
Flooring is virtually scratch proof and also gives a cool space to your dog to repose. You should avoid carpets because they harbour lots of bacteria and hair. Wood flooring is also a good option.
2. Store Items High
It is a good idea to store sharp and harmful objects at a height, away from your pet’s reach.
3. Keep the garbage cans covered
It is always a good idea to keep the garbage bin covered as it is a repository of a lot of harmful.
4. House Plants
Ensure that your houseplants are pet-friendly. Plants like, Cactus can severely injure your pet. Lilies can cause kidney failure in cats. Other common, but toxic, plants include Amaryllis, Poinsettia, Mums, and Aloe Vera.
5. Electrical cables
Use a thick, cable protector over the cables, to make them chew-proof. Also, hide trailing wires and cables behind furniture.
6. Fence the yard
If the yard does not have a fence, and you want to provide a safe play area for your pets, fence it. If the home has an existing fence, make sure it is gated, the gate latches, and the fence is high enough so your dog/cat can’t jump over it.
Now that you know what do you need to work on and what’s checked already, be ready for the grand welcome! <3