How to prepare your home for an adopted animal

How to prepare your home for an adopted animal

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Getting a new furry friend can certainly be a life changing experience, but it's one that takes a lot of careful and thorough planning to make it a rewarding experience for all involved.

New owners will need to come up with a plan of who will be responsible for taking care of the new family pet.

The Humane Society of the United States offers a few tips to remember for when you bring your new family pet home.

Some questions to consider include:

  • How often will you feed your new friend, and who will be in charge of food?
  • Where will they eat their meals?
  • Where will your new dog or cat sleep – in your room? In their own bed?
  • If your new friend is a dog, who will be responsible for walks?
  • If you plan to crate train, where will you keep it?
  • Who will be in charge of making veterinary appointments and any medications the animal may need?
  • If you’re adopting a cat, where will you place the litter box?
  • Will any rooms be off limits?

You will need to establish certain rules for your new furry pal. Will they be allowed on the couch? If you don't want your new family member on your furniture, the ASPCA recommends putting a cozy bed for your pet in every room.

Be sure to provide plenty of toys and bones for your new dog to chew on. This will prevent him from chewing on things you don't want to be ruined.

You'll also need to spend a little bit of time researching the plants in and around your home to make sure they are not poisonous to your new furry friend.

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