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Making Your New Home Pet-Friendly (Pet Doors, Pet-Feeders)
Making Your New Home Pet-Friendly (Pet Doors, Pet-Feeders)

How to Make Your New Home Pet-Friendly (Pet Doors, Pet-Feeders)?

When building a house, buying or moving into one, we hardly remember our pets. Other than being animals, pets are your friends just like any human being that you are close to. Majority of homes do have at least a cat or a dog living in them, but when it comes to home renovations, these furry friends are the least of your worries. As you transition to your new home, consider measures to keep your pets safe and comfortable. You cannot risk the possibility of your dog dashing off to the street straight into on-coming traffic. At the same time, you do not know how the next-door neighbor would react to the sight of your cat in their compound.

As you settle down, it is high time you start thinking about your animal friends. With some planning, you could develop some measures that contribute towards the safety and comfort of pets under your care. The following guidelines will be of great use:

Inspect the compound

Look around while paying attention to areas your cat or dog can jump or climb. Check for electrocution, suffocation or strangulation hazards. Keep trash bins always closed and discard food leftovers immediately. If you love indoor plants, avoid varieties such as aloe-vera and lilies. Latch all cupboards that store hazardous items shut.

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Install pet doors

Pet doors enable your dog or cat to move freely from one section of the yard to the next. They also make it easy for pets to get indoors once you have closed the main doors. A hidden side entrance not only provides easy access, it also prevents your new house from looking untidy.

Designate activity areas

Animal hair can be an eyesore, especially on sofa covers. To avoid the embarrassment, set aside areas where your pet can do toilet, feeding, and resting. Introduce potty training as soon as you move into the new home. Animals are intelligent and learn quickly how not to poop or urinate on the floor.

Buy toys and scratch pads

Give your dog or puppy animal-friendly toys. However, take precautions on rope toys as these could chock the pet. Also, get a scratch pad for your cat to prevent it from scratching and ruining your couch. You can have several of them placed strategically in places where the pets frequent.

Have feeding bowls for each pet

Animals too know how to stake a claim on what is theirs. Feeding chaos and fights can arise when pets must share bowls. Shop for pet feeders and let each of your pets have their own. Also, put them in separate corners of the compound especially if you own two or three dogs.

Animals are naturally curious. As you settle in the new locality, they too will snoop around to get acquainted with the surroundings. Inspect your home and remove potentially hazardous items. Make some hidden pet doors for them to move in and out of the house freely; also have designated areas for feeding and sleeping.


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