Weigh Your Options.
There is a lot to consider when adding a pet to your home. The most important aspect of choosing an animal is figuring out what will work best with your lifestyle.
These are some issues to consider:
- Does anyone in your home have allergies?
- Are you home enough during the day to make potty trips?
- Will the odors of a litter box bother you?
- Are you looking for a cuddling companion, or do you prefer a jogging buddy?
- Would a pet who lives primarily in a tank or cage be best?
- How much are you prepared to dedicate from your monthly budget toward your new addition?
- Do you plan to take your pet for walks on a leash, or will your pet be turned out in a fenced yard?
Prepare your home. Before bringing home your new friend, you’ll want to ensure your property is ready. Depending on your choice, this means pet-proofing your home, inside and out. Pick up chewing and choking hazards, remove poisonous plants, and put any dangerous materials out of reach. If your property housed pets previously, it’s wise to professionally clean carpeting to remove pet odors and stains. Pets are typically more sensitive to odors than we are, and smells can lead to marking behaviors, chewing, and other issues. The average price for hiring carpet and rug cleaners in Miami, FL is $118 to $238.
Prepare your pet’s things. Purchase your pet’s basic necessities ahead of time, such as leashes, bowls, beds, litter boxes, food, and toys. Try finding out what kind of food your pet is used to in order to have it on hand upon arrival. Most pets benefit from spreading dietary transitions over time, so if you plan to make changes, ensure you have enough of the current food available.
Ease the transition. When it comes time to bring home your new friend, remember to be patient. Some animals, especially if coming out of a rescue situation, can take time to adjust. Your pet may be nervous or fearful initially. As some experts explain, bonding with your pet can take time. Provide a consistent schedule and ensure everyone in the household is enforcing rules evenly so your pet doesn’t become confused. Some pets, such as dogs, may benefit from extra exercise initially, and some pets, such as cats, may require more quiet time. Be aware of the signals your new addition is sending and respond accordingly. A trip to the vet is a good idea during the first week or so of your pet’s arrival, and if you have any questions, it’s a prime opportunity to get input.
Welcome home! When you’re adding a pet, you want to make a great choice. Research selections, match your pet with your lifestyle, and then make proper preparations. You and your new addition will both appreciate the effort!
Jessica Brody -www.ourbestfriends.pet