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Preparing your home for a new pet: checklist and tips


Bringing a new pet into your home is an exciting and rewarding experience. To ensure a smooth transition for both you and your furry friend, it’s essential to prepare your home adequately. Here’s a handy checklist and some useful tips to help you get started.



Comfortable Space:

  • Set up a designated area for your pet with a cosy bed and a few toys.
  • Ensure this space is quiet and away from heavy foot traffic to help them feel secure.


  • Remove any hazardous items such as electrical cords, toxic plants, and small objects that could be swallowed.
  • Secure cabinets and bins containing cleaning supplies or chemicals.

Essential Supplies:

  • Food and Water: Have a supply of the same food they’re currently eating to avoid digestive issues. Don’t forget bowls for food and water.
  • Litter Box/Training Pads: For cats, provide a litter box in a quiet location. For dogs, you could have training pads if they’re not yet fully house-trained (we recommend reusable puppy pads).
  • Toys and Chews: Keep them entertained with a variety of toys. For dogs, consider safe chew toys.
  • Grooming Tools: Brushes, nail clippers, and other grooming tools suitable for your pet’s needs.


  • Ensure your pet has a collar with an ID tag displaying your contact information.
  • Although your pet is already microchipped (if adopted through NRAS), having an ID tag is an extra safety measure.


  • Install safety gates if you need to restrict access to certain areas of your home.
  • Ensure all windows and balconies are secure to prevent escapes or accidents.



Gradual Introduction:

  • Allow your pet to explore one room at a time to prevent them from feeling overwhelmed.
  • Introduce them to other pets and family members gradually and under supervision.

Routine Establishment:

  • Establish a consistent routine for feeding, walks, and playtime. This helps your pet feel secure and understand what to expect.


  • Start basic training immediately, using positive reinforcement techniques.
  • For dogs, consider enrolling in a puppy or obedience class.

Veterinary Care:

  • Schedule a vet appointment within the first week to ensure your pet is healthy and to discuss any specific care requirements.
  • Ensure you get all your parasite treatments ready for their next dose.

Patience and Love:

  • Be patient as your new pet adjusts to their new environment. It may take time for them to feel fully comfortable.
  • Shower them with love and attention to help build a strong bond.


By following this checklist and incorporating these tips, you’ll create a welcoming and safe environment for your new pet, helping them to settle in happily and healthily. Happy pet parenting!

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