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How To Prepare For Bringing A New Pet Home

Bringing home a new petIt’s a great thing when you decide to open up your home and bring a pet into your family. Pets can give so much love and joy. Pets are also a full-time responsibility, and they can really change your life. Before you bring your new pet home, it’s a good idea to prepare in some simple ways. Here are some of the things you should try to do first.

Purchase All the Supplies You’ll Need

Before you bring your pet home, you want to make sure that you have everything they’ll need. In order to prepare for their arrival, you should purchase food for them. Depending on what type of pet you get, you’ll need different supplies.

Some things you might need are:

  • Food and water bowls
  • Collar
  • Leash
  • ID tags
  • Bed
  • Tank
  • Crate
  • Toys

You don’t want to have to run out to buy the essentials after you’ve brought your pet home for the first time.

Pet-Proof Your Home

Bringing home a pet is similar to bringing home a new baby. They’re going to be in an entirely new environment, and you’re going to need to make some adjustments to your home to make sure your pet doesn’t get hurt while they’re still learning the ropes. Lock your cabinets and especially put cleaning products and chemicals away from where a pet could reach them.

Use Gates to Establish Boundaries

If you don’t want to give your pet the entire roam of the house, you should use baby gates to establish the boundaries of where they’re able to go and where they need to stay out of. Gates can help protect your pet by keeping them out of the garage or falling down the basement steps, for instance. They can also protect the belongings in your bedroom from being chewed on or soiled. Until your pet learns where they are and aren’t allowed to be, use gates to help.

Take the Day Off

It’s best to bring your pet home on one of your off days. You don’t want to have to bring your pet home and then soon after leave them alone to go to work or another obligation. Take the entire day off so that you can spend time with them, which will allow you and your pet to get to know each other and become comfortable with each other. You can help your pet explore your home and teach them things like where they can find their food, and work on bathroom training.

Have a Family Meeting

Before your pet is home, you and your family should have a meeting to discuss the new pet. You should talk about what duties of caring for the pet each person is responsible. You should talk about a schedule for the pet, such as when they will eat. You should also discuss with children expectations of their behavior and give them an idea of what to expect in the behavior of the new pet.


Travis Lee is a veterinary student and avid writer who loves to write about anything from adopting a new pet to the best ways to keep your animals healthy.