Getting a new pet is an exciting event that brings joy to adults and children alike. When considering what type of pet you want to get – dogs, cats, hamsters, etc. – you need to consider how large your living space is, how much care the animal will need, and how much free time everyone in the family can devote to the new pet.
One of the most important steps in getting a new pet is to make sure pets are allowed in your rental property. If you own your apartment, you can keep as many pets as you want. However, many pets end up in shelters because they are not allowed in the leases. Once you have written permission from your landlord and decided on a pet, you still have to take care of getting the animal and the people settled in.
How to welcome your new pet into the apartment
Some pets require special preparation before you bring them home. But even a pet that spends most of its time in an aquarium, like a snake, needs certain things to thrive and be happy.
New pet in the apartment
The type of pet you choose will largely determine how much time and money you will have to spend to ensure its safety and well-being. However, there are a few basic steps that apply to any type of pet that moves into your family’s home.
Securing the apartment with pets
Pets – even those in tanks – are curious, nimble, and adventurous. They can get in and out of places you can’t imagine. If your new pet is a puppy or kitten, the countertop is an oasis they will always try to reach. It’s best to remove anything even remotely edible from the counter or table and store it safely in cabinets or drawers.
Dogs, especially puppies, love to chew on anything they can get their mouths on. Remotes, eyeglasses, and even braces are never safe to leave out in the open by an unattended puppy. Cats are less destructive than dogs, but they can still wreak havoc on walls and anything else they can sink their claws into.
Pet broke a flower pot
Securing your home against pets is a matter of trial and error. Even if you think you have everything well prepared, every day there is a risk that you will come home and find something destroyed or chewed up. That’s one of the dangers of bringing a pet into your home. Training and supervision are the best ways to prevent destruction, especially with puppies. Remember that dogs live in the moment and don’t understand after the fact why they are being punished. As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure.
Create a space for your new pet
Animals can be just as stressed and anxious as people. Dogs are especially prone to general anxiety and separation anxiety. You can help your new pet settle in by creating a safe place where they can relax and stay away from stressors. For dogs, a crate can awaken their primal instincts to stay safe in a den.
Cats are notoriously independent and a bit antisocial. The back of a favorite chair or a cat tree can give them a chance to escape socialization. Even confined pets like ferrets prefer hammocks in their living spaces to curl up in.
Ferret in a hammock
This space doesn’t have to be an elaborate structure built into the stairs. It can just be a designated area in the corner of a room. Your new puppy might enjoy a selection of the best dog beds, and your cat might love a tree to climb or a cat cave.
Shop for must-haves before you bring the pet home
Once you have a pet at home, you’ll probably buy him new toys and treats every time you go to a store with a pet aisle. However, there are some important items that should be in your home before the pet arrives. These items can help you train your pet or just make him more comfortable.
Crate, cage, pet bed, etc.
The type of housing depends on the type of pet. Many puppy owners swear by keeping their dog in a crate for safety and comfort.
Food and treats
Pets need to eat, too. They also need food bowls to give your new animal roommate food and fresh water.
A few toys
All animals, big or small, furry or scaly, love to play, especially when they are in the early stages of their lives. You can find a suitable toy for almost any animal at the pet store. However, it can be dangerous to make the toy accessible to your pet if you are not present to supervise it.
Basic things for potty training.
For some species, placing newspaper on the bottom of the cage is sufficient. For dogs and cats, more extensive measures are needed. Puppies can be housetrained by using puppy pads in case of accidents.
Leash and collar for dogs
Cats, reptiles, and rodents can also wear collars, but they are far more popular (and necessary) for dogs. A leash and collar are required to safely walk your new canine friend. The dog’s name and address should be on a dog tag that attaches to the collar, in case he escapes from the home.
Schedule your pet’s first vet visit.
One of the most costly responsibilities that come with owning a new pet is regular vet visits. Puppies, in particular, need to receive a series of vaccinations at a young age. Any animal kept as a pet needs a thorough initial examination by a veterinarian to ensure its health. The veterinarian will keep accurate records of your pet’s health, which you may need if you move to a new city or even a new apartment.
Share the responsibility for your pet
Some pets are more high-maintenance than others. Taking care of a puppy can seem like a full-time job. Every member of the family should be involved in caring for the new pet. Not only will children learn to take responsibility, but each family member will be able to form their own bond with the pet.
Rental apartment new pet
Bringing home a new pet can be stressful for all family members, including the pets. Puppies can be especially challenging. They need a lot of patience and need to be set apart. Many pets are surrendered to shelters because the family was unable to care for them. Pets should be an asset to any household. If properly cared for from the beginning, the new pet can become a lifelong family companion.