7 Tips for Preparing Your Home for a New Pet

Preparing Your Home for a New Pet

Are you ready to bring home a fuzzy new bundle of joy?  

Adopting a new pet into your home is an incredibly exciting experience, sure to lead to years of happiness. It’s important, however, not to lose sight of the practical steps you should take to ensure the safety of all involved.

Take some time to carefully prepare your home, both inside and out, for a new pet. This includes making decisions about where the animal is allowed to be and where they are not, making sure all safety hazards are taken care of and having the correct supplies on hand.

Here are seven helpful tips to prepare your home for the arrival of your new pet.



 Learn About Your Pet

It’s incredibly important to take the time to learn about your pet before you bring it home. Different breeds have different qualities—a characteristic true of both dogs and cats.

You want to not only understand the basics of the type of pet you’re adding to your home but the specific attributes that are distinct to its breed. Some cats, for example, are incredibly curious and prone to climbing everything in sight while others will prefer to laze about.

Similarly, some dogs will be particularly intelligent and might be a bit more trouble to keep an eye on than others.

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Take Stock of Your Home

Now that you know what kind of behaviour you might expect from your new pet, it’s time to look over your house with newly informed eyes.

What dangers does your house pose to your furry friend? Are there any areas of the house that might encourage bad behaviour?

Take note of every room in the house and create a list of potential problem areas. Think about what issues you’re likely to encounter and how you can fend them off.


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Clean Well

You should clean your home exceptionally well before bringing a new pet into it. There are a few different reasons for this: first of all, you might be surprised at the kinds of things that build up around the home as time passes.

A curious pet will explore every inch of your home and find anything you’ve forgotten about or left lying around. This could be relatively harmless if they come across a pair of old socks, but it could also be significantly more dangerous if you miss some cleaning or art supplies that could be toxic.

You should also clean your home of other animal scents as much as possible. If you already have a pet, this will be a little more challenging, but you should still do a deep clean and try to create a neutral space that allows your new pet to acclimate to the space.


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Buy New Pet Supplies

Investing in new pet supplies and toys is something that’s often neglected. Make sure that you buy pet supplies before you actually bring your new pet home.

Whether you need to invest in a litter box or a dog bed, make sure you have everything you need well ahead of time and ensure that it’s accessible to your new pet.


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Determine Boundaries

Will your new pet have the ability to run around the whole house?

It’s a good idea to create boundaries before you have a new pet roaming around your home to help them establish what spaces are accessible to them and what spaces aren’t. Invest in gates to section off restricted areas.

This is also a good time to decide if your pet will be allowed in your bed or on the furniture.


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Check Your Appliances

Faulty appliances can be dangerous to pets, especially puppies and kittens. Ensure that all of your appliances are in excellent condition and all electric cables are concealed well.

Curious pets may be tempted to chew on cables, which can result in burns, singed whiskers, or fatal electrocution. If you notice frayed wires around any of your appliances, have a service technician come out and repair the wires or buy special cable covers infused with citronella to deter chewing.

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Pet Proof All Areas of Your Home

Finally, make sure that your home is “pet proof.” This requires a bit of knowledge about what kinds of substances and materials could be harmful to your pets. Make sure that all food is stored away on high shelves, your cabinets close tightly, any ornaments or string lights that pets could get tangled up in are put away, and your screens and doors are strong and rip-free.

Once your home is ready for your new pet, you’re ready to bring them home! Make sure to account for an adjustment period and don’t be surprised if your pet cries at night for a bit. After some time, they’ll be able to adjust to their new surroundings and feel comfortable in their new home.

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About the author

Kay Carter is a writer who covers a variety of topics including health and wellness and home improvement.

When she's not writing, she enjoys reading, travelling, and practising photography.

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Hi there! My name is Kay Carter and I'm a recent graduate from UNC. I'm currently a freelance writer and love writing about all things real estate, health and wellness, and home improvement. So far, I've enjoyed reviewing household products, writing about making our homes healthier and more functional, and blogging about personal experiences.

When I'm not writing, you can find me reading (my goal this year is to read two books a month), practising photography, or travelling (I'm a BIG weekend traveller). I also love to journal and go to the gym whenever I can. In the meantime, please check back as I continue adding published writing pieces to my portfolio. If you're looking for a freelance writer, please feel free to reach out!