Deciding to get a pet is a big step, and it can mean a lot of changes in your life. Depending on the type of pet you get, you may need to change your schedule or make plans for care when you work long days or go on vacation.
One thing that many pet owners don’t consider until they’ve brought their pet home is whether their property is pet friendly, so here are some things to check before they move in.
Create a safe space for them
Whether your pet will sleep in a cage or at the end of your bed, you should make sure that they have a space to go that’s all their own. Dogs, for example, will often sleep in their owner’s bedroom, but crate training your dog means they will have a place to go when they want to be alone, which is important if you have kids in the house.
For smaller animals, the cage or hutch is essential to their happiness, so they need lots of space and you should add some toys for stimulation.
Keep the garden enclosed
It’s especially important for dogs to have an enclosed outdoor space. Even a small gap in the fence can be a potential escape point, and in some areas, dognapping is a big issue, especially when it comes to expensive breeds. You may be wondering whether to let your cat outside too.
In areas with a lot of wildlife, you could consider a run to allow them to enjoy the outdoors, without the risk of being attacked or getting hold of birds. Creatures like rabbits and guinea pigs need time outdoors, and again, you need to ensure their run is predator-proof.
Don’t forget about grooming
While some animals groom themselves nicely, many pets require some sort of help such as nail clipping, a regular haircut or even jobs like expressing anal glands. If you are the sort of person who hates the thought of bathing a muddy dog in your bathroom, then you may wish to wash your dog down outside and then groom them in the garden. Another option is to visit heartandpaw.com and find a local pet groomer, who will be able to take care of the dirty jobs for you.
Hide anything dangerous
Things that are everyday items for you can be lethal to a pet. Everyone knows to keep chocolate away from dogs, but they can also get sick from eating coffee, garlic, apple seeds and much more. If you have a dog, it’s important that they can’t get into the trash, as it’s surprising what strange things they’ll eat. Certain plants and flowers can also be dangerous to cats, exotic fish and other creatures, so make sure these things are on a high shelf.
Making your home more pet-friendly means your animal friends are safe, secure and away from items that could harm them. It also means they are stimulated and can enjoy life by your side, with lots of toys and space to roam.