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Making the decision to adopt a pet is a big one. Essentially you are choosing to be a parent to your pet for the next ten to fifteen years, on average. What this means is that you will be fully responsible for your pet throughout this time. This means ensuring they are healthy, well fed, well taken care of, vaccinated, walked, cleaned, not tearing up your newly fresh cut christmas tree and happy for the rest of their lives.

Up for the task? Then it's time to make your home as pet friendly as possible. Before you bring your pet home it is a good idea to make it as pet friendly as possible for a smooth transition for everyone involved.

Indoor Pet Proofing

Let's start with indoors. The first thing you need to do is choose a place for your pet. If you are planning on keeping your pet outside, then you will need to choose a place outside, such as on your patio or in your backyard. If you want your pet to stay inside then you need to set up a little area for them. If you are bringing home a puppy or kitten then you can expect the first few days to be quite messy if they are not yet toilet trained.

Make sure you have all they need in one area including a food bowl and a water bowl, a cozy place to sleep, such as a small box with a pillow, and a place to go to the bathroom. A kitten will need a litter box while you may wish to line the area with newspaper for the first day or two as your puppy will still be unable to control where he goes just yet.

You will also need to look at areas in your home that could be harmful or dangerous for your new pet. If you are in an apartment then make sure the windows are always shut so that your cat cannot jump out. If you have any holes or crevices it might be a good idea to cover them so that your pet doesn't end up falling.

Pet Friendly Outdoor Areas

Your pet will probably spend a lot of time outside. In fact, in some instances your pet may not even be allowed in the house at all. The first thing you need to check is that there are no sharp edges around your home and no places for your pet to hurt himself. Make sure all loose nails are hammered into place and that there are no dangerous items lying around the back yard such as pieces of wood with rusted nails or steel pieces with sharp edges.

Check to make sure that there is a secure fence in place all around your property and that there is no place that your new pet could get out. Keep in mind that dogs can actually jump quite high and dig tunnels to try and get out. If there is not a secured fence in place then you will need to keep your dog chained up until one is built. You cannot let him wander around the streets unless you want to risk him not coming home or returning with a fatal injury.

Creating a pet friendly environment starts with you thinking like your new pet. Try to think like your new pet when picking out toys, beds and litter boxes. Furthermore, search high and low for problem areas inside and outside your property to prevent any escapes or injuries to your new pet before introducing him to his new home.

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