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Top 5 Tips For Bringing A New Pet Into The Home

The thought of bringing a new pet home is exciting. Many pet owners agree that owning one is a life-changing experience. You can feel the love and joy these domesticated animals provide. However, don’t let your excitement cloud your mind from thinking about ways to prepare your home for the new pet.

Here are five tips to help you make your home ready for such a momentous occasion:

woman hugging large dog with man next to her.

Understand Your Pet’s Specific Needs

Different animals have distinct needs.

Several dog breeds need a cool place to rest, whereas specific cat breeds require constant grooming.

Prepare yourself for the arrival of your new animal companion by learning about your new pet.

Feed your mind with as much information as possible as to how to care for the animal properly.

For example, you might be getting a Corgi soon.

Corgis tend to be hyperactive little balls of fluff despite their small stature.

Therefore, make sure that your home has lots of dog toys once the animal enters your abode.

Otherwise, your new dog will look for other outlets to release its pent-up energy levels.

Take note that you don’t want to arrive home from work with piles of tissue paper on the ground, and a couch filled with bite and claw marks.

Use the Internet to your advantage to help you search for relevant tools to cater to your pet’s particular needs.

Websites, like, can help you choose from a range of different pet-friendly items, such as soaps and shampoos.

Prepare Your Home

Aside from preparing yourself for the arrival of the new pet, you should also pet-proof your property.

Some pets like to chew on things that they aren’t supposed to, such as TV remotes, wires, shoes, and plants.

Clean your home before bringing the pet indoors.

Put items that are easy to reach on a high shelf.

Consequently, hide wires and plants that may prove to be hazardous to your new animal companion’s health.

One technique to help you prepare for this event is to get down on your knees.

Think like a cat or dog, and see what’s down on the animal’s field of view.

Just make sure that you don’t mind getting weird stares from other household members.

Talk To A Vet

You don’t need to have a pet to talk to a vet.

Veterinarians are animal experts by heart, so these professionals can give you sound advice on how to care for your pet correctly, even before owning one.

For example, you may ask the veterinarian about a dog’s basic needs, such as their diet and exercise, says The Spruce Pets.

Concerning a dog’s diet, don’t make the mistake of feeding them human food.

Although some human food won’t harm your pooch’s health, some options might be dangerous to their overall well-being.

One excellent example is chocolate–this tasty treat can excite your pleasure signals, which is why eating chocolate can make you happy.

But, never share this happy moment with your dog.

It’s highly dangerous to feed chocolate to canines as this sweet treat can cause serious health problems, like:




Irregular heartbeats

Internal bleeding

Avoid this severe tragedy by consulting the advice of a veterinarian first.

The animal expert will help prepare your home by giving you answers to some questions you might have during the interview.

woman bringing a new pet into the home snuggling a cat

Introduce The New Pet To The Family

Some pets will cower behind curtains or attempt to hide under your shirt at the sight of unknown faces.

This particular scenario tends to happen when you introduce the new animal family member to the rest of the household in an abrupt fashion.

Instead of calling every household member to the living room to announce the new pet, call them one at a time.

Make sure to leave ample time in between introductions so the animal can adjust to the new faces accordingly.

Be On The Lookout For Unusual Activities

Pet ownership means having the patience and attention to detail to learn the animal’s habits and rhythms.

Take a few days to look at your pet’s personality, and see if there are things that seem amiss in the animal’s behavior.

Long-time pet owners will know if something’s wrong with their animal companions if the slightest questionable behavior appears.

For example, your cat might be urinating more frequently than usual.

If you see such an unusual action, don’t hesitate to contact a veterinarian immediately.


New pet owners might think that the preparation process for bringing a new animal home is highly challenging.

Remember to follow the tips mentioned above, and you should be on your way to bringing a new pet into your home as a companion without any hassle and worry.

About Julee: Julee Morrison is an experienced author with 35 years of expertise in parenting and recipes. She is the author of four cookbooks: The Instant Pot College Cookbook, The How-To Cookbook for Teens, The Complete Cookbook for Teens, and The Complete College Cookbook. Julee is passionate about baking, crystals, reading, and family. Her writing has appeared in The LA Times (Bon Jovi Obsession Goes Global), Disney's Family Fun Magazine (August 2010, July 2009, September 2008), and My Family Gave Up Television (page 92, Disney Family Fun August 2010). Her great ideas have been featured in Disney's Family Fun (Page 80, September 2008) and the Write for Charity book From the Heart (May 2010). Julee's work has also been published in Weight Watchers Magazine, All You Magazine (Jan. 2011, February 2011, June 2013), Scholastic Parent and Child Magazine (Oct. 2011), Red River Family Magazine (Jan. 2011),, and more. Notably, her article "My Toddler Stood on Elvis' Grave and Scaled Over Boulders to Get to a Dinosaur" made AP News, and "The Sly Way I Cured My Child's Lying Habit" was featured on PopSugar. When she's not writing, Julee enjoys spending time with her family and exploring new baking recipes.
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