Parenting a pet is as responsible for a task as parenting a human baby. They have their own set of needs and they demand equal attention just like a human tot. So, before you decide to pet one, you must consider certain factors that assure you are able to provide them with an ideal environment, which they need the most!
Here is a checklist that you should keep in mind to make your home pet-friendly.
Long Term Commitment
First and the foremost thing you need to understand is that petting is a long-term commitment since there will be a lot of adjustments from both the ends. Before you welcome the new member home, better research well about the breed, their nature, and most importantly their needs, as costs of petting them can add up quickly, not only for food but also for vet visits and emergency care whenever these animals fall ill or met with some accident.
So, always check do you have space, time, and money to care for an animal?
Family Members in sync
Before you welcome the new member, the first thing that you must make sure is that every member of your family is on-board and ready to welcome li’l furbaby. A healthy and affable environment for the newest member must be your priority, which helps them adjust well in a small span of time.
Before bringing a pet home, you need to adapt the pet-friendly lifestyle also check if you are able to attend 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 to take up the charge!
Before taking up the responsibility as a pet parent, you need to ensure that you provide your pet with enough space of their own. Pets cannot be confined to a particular area, especially if it belongs to a large breed. A spacious play area where they do not feel chained, where they can enjoy their independent games is a must!
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 harbor lots of bacteria and hair. Wood flooring is also a good option.
Store harmful objects away from your pet’s reach
It is always good to store sharp and harmful objects at a height, away from your pet’s reach.
Keep the garbage cans covered
It is very basic and always a good idea to keep the garbage bin covered as it is a repository of a lot of harmful microbes.
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.
Always use a thick, cable protector over the cables, to make them chew-proof. Also, hide trailing wires and cables behind furniture, as pets at a growing stage chew everything they find in the house!
Fence the yard
If you live in a house that has a yard, then fence it before you bring a new member to your living space. Fencing the yard will provide a safe play area for your pets. Or 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