Housing Considerations Before Getting a Pet
Many people love to have pets in their home. They add so much life and joy to the family, or give you a family of your own should you be living on your own! But wait! Bringing a pet into your home is not something you can just do without any preparation! There are a few things you need to sort out first. Stick around and find out!
Pet-Proof Your House
Whether you are adopting a puppy, cat, or bird, your house needs to be per proofed! Anything that could potentially be swallowed or cause any harm to your pet should be removed or placed somewhere out of reach. If you have any chemicals or cleaning materials, make sure they are either locked up or placed somewhere that your pet could never get to. Cleaning products are major hazards for pets so be very thorough when dealing with this! As well as those things make sure that any cupboards or shelves are firmly bolted down or secured in some way that your pet would not be able to knock them over. You wouldn’t want them to accidentally damage the house, not to mention get hurt! In many ways, it is something similar to baby-proofing your house when it comes to looking after a pet. (So if you want training looking after a baby, a puppy is a good place to start!)
Buying the Necessities
Almost every pet has certain requirements and needs that you won’t have in your house normally. It is imperative that you have these things prepared before bringing your pet home. It is cruel and unethical to bring an animal to your home when you do not have what they need in order to survive comfortably and happily. Many pets require a place to live, whether it is a cage or a bed of some kind. If you are adopting a dog or cat, then they will need either a kennel of some kind or an inside bed made of some sort of soft material in order to make their sleep comfortable. Yes, animals in the wild sleep on the ground with no trouble, but a domesticated animal is not used to that; they need to know they are loved now that they are separated from whoever they were with before you, whether it was a human or another of their kind. Other than bedding the key necessities are food and water. Make sure you know what kind of food is best to give to your pet; most of them will not be content with the scraps left from your meals! (Nor should this be what you are giving them regardless!)
Not only do you need to get the house itself in order but you need to make sure that those living with you are supportive of this plan. There should be known responsibilities for each person, should you choose not to have full responsibility; more often than not family members love to pitch in when it comes to looking after a pet, but it is always best to make sure everyone is on board with the idea. Once you have come to a consensus, you can go ahead and bring that cutie home!