Welcoming a new cat or dog into your home is exciting, but it can also be a lot of work. Before your new furry family member arrives, it’s important to have all the necessary supplies ready. Planning and preparing for your furry friends’ arrival also means pet-proofing your home. Here are three tips to help you better prepare for your new arrival.


#1 Remove Unsafe Plants

Several common household plants can be toxic to your cat or dog. Lily’s, Aloe Vera, Pothos, Snake Plants, and English Ivy’s are all examples of unsafe plants for your pets. A curious pet in a new environment is prone to explore, sniff and even nibble on your plants and other toxic materials. Remove or move any unsafe plants so they are out of reach for your new pet. 


#2 Have All Your Pet Supplies Ready To Go

Food, water, and a safe place to call their own should be the first thing your new pet experiences when they come home. Providing your dog with a confined space like a crate or kennel with a bed for them to rest on can help calm their nerves as they enter their new environment. In comparison, a litter box, food, and toys are the main essentials for your feline friends! If your new furry family member has access to multiple rooms inside or outside the house, be sure to provide them with water bowls in several locations to promote hydration.


#3 Keep Hazardous Materials Away From Your Pet

Pets are naturally curious, especially when entering a new home. Tucking medications away in cabinets and drawers will prevent potential accidents from occurring. Keeping your cleaning supplies and products out of the way will also help ensure your pet doesn’t get into anything they don’t need. You can check the packaging on any product you are worried about to ensure it’s safe for your pet. 


If you have more questions about how to better prepare your home for your new fur baby, give us a call! We are here to help!