Created by Your Home for Petplan
Bringing a new pet home is an exciting time for all the family, but your furry friend is likely to be a little more nervous.
There’s much to be done before your pet’s arrival, whether you’ve chosen a cat or a dog as the newest member of your family. From pet essentials to home renovations, here’s some top tips on how to prepare for your new pet…
First things first: A checklist
Take the time to ensure your pet’s transition into their new home is as easy as possible. Whatever the breed and age of your new pet, ensure you have the following essentials to make them feel as comfortable as possible:
- A carrier – when the time comes to collect your pet, a carrier will be comfortable for the journey home. They come in handy for future vet visits too!
- Food and water bowls – invest in heavier bowls, such as stainless steel, to ensure they won’t be knocked over!
- Pet food – quality is key when it comes to pet food. Be sure to ask your breeder or vet for more advice especially if you are thinking of changing your pet’s diet
- A collar and lead – an essential for walkies with your new pooch! Familiarise your dog with its collar by keeping it on when home
- Bedding – make your cat or dog’s bed as cosy as possible by using blankets for extra warmth and padding
- Cat litter tray – use unscented cat litter. Your cat might be put off by perfumed litter due to their strong sense of smell
- Something to chew on – protect your furniture (and your shoes) by giving your new dog a chew toy!
Registering with a local vet is also a must, along with finding the right pet insurance. Petplan's pet insurance helps cover the veterinary costs of any unexpected injuries or illnesses that your new pet may get. That’s one less thing for you to worry about!
Pet proofing your home
Excited, young pets are likely to chew sofas, damage floors, scratch woodwork and even damage your garden by digging and going to the toilet. Make sure you consider the home renovations you’ll need to carry out before they arrive.
Some top tips when pet proofing your home include:
- Provide scratching posts for cats
- Make sure all electric cables are tucked away or taped down
- Block the gaps, whether in the garden fence or under the kitchen cupboard!
- Use stair guards
- Keep sharp objects in cupboards and drawers
- Remove floor length curtains in case your kitten embarks upon a climbing adventure!
- Keep dangerous chemical products, such as bleach and disinfectants, away
- Finally, rearrange your most delicate and fragile objects so they can’t be knocked over