Is your home feeling like it’s missing something? Does your heart have a hole that’s shaped like a cat or a dog? Do you already have a pet and they want a new buddy? Whether you want a new pet or already have one, bringing an animal into your home is not only the best idea ever, but it is also a huge adjustment.
Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered. After reading our guide, you’ll want to go out and adopt a million little animals! Read on for our top tips for welcoming a new pet into your home:
- Choosing the Right Pet
Before you even begin to think about bringing a new pet home, you’ll want to make sure you pick the best one for you. As they say, the first step is always the hardest. Deep down inside, you just want to adopt all of the little guys. However, as sad as it may be, it’s not possible. While you may have your eye on the cutest pet or a breed you’ve had your heart set on, there are a few things you should consider. How big is your home? Does it have a backyard? Do you have any kids? Do you have an existing pet? Is your existing pet well socialised? Your new pet needs to be able to meet all of your prerequisites. It’s not just for your happiness, but for them too. If they’re living in an environment that doesn’t suit their needs, then it’ll be hard for them to love their new home.
- Preparing Your Home
Before you bring your new pet home, you need to make sure your house is ready for their arrival. Make sure that the house is clean and safe so that your new pet won’t get hurt and that they don’t ruin anything. If you’re bringing a new cat home, have a room prepared for them. Cats are likely to be shy around new areas, so temporarily confine them to a room with a litter tray until they’re comfortable. Dogs will need more room to roam around in. They’ll also need to go outside to use the bathroom. Having a large backyard will be an advantage. If you have a back room leading out to the backyard, create a barrier so that they’re confined there while still having access to outside. If you don’t have a backyard, confine them to a room, but make sure you take them out for bathroom breaks. If you already have a pet, keep them separated in a room or space they like.
- Bringing Your New Pet Home
Your home is prepped, the papers are filled out and your arms are wide open. It’s time for your new pet to come home! When you welcome them into their new home, immediately secure them in their designated space. They may be a bit spooked, so be patient. Just give them their space so they can get used to their new environment. Also, be prepared for the fact that they may not warm up to you immediately. The best friendships take time! Sit down on the floor and allow them to come to you. Try shaking a toy or spreading out some food in front of you. Don’t worry; they will love you in time. Once they’re comfortable being around you and their space, gradually allow them to wonder around the house and outside, but make sure you keep an eye on them.
When I moved into my forever home it was very important that mum and dad showed me around everywhere. They praised me when I touched and played with things that I was allowed to, and when I wasn’t allowed to chew/jump on something at home they gave me a stern NO! Giving me plenty of time by myself so I didn’t get seperation anxiety was important too! – Bentley
If you already have a pet, you may be nervous about introducing them to their new buddy. A trick you can try is rubbing a blanket each on them both and placing it near the opposite pet. That way they can get used to their scent before they meet so they won’t view them as a threat. Once you feel it’s time, place them in a room together, but at bay. If you prefer, you can have your pets on leashes, but be prepared for them to be a little aggressive. If things get out of hand, separate them and try again another time.
Your new pet will soon feel right at home in your house and with you. You’re all one big happy family!
What tips do you have for bringing a new pet home? Comment below and let us know!