When you bring your new pet home to your apartment in Raleigh, NC, there may be a lot more involved than you think. You need some supplies and you need to take precautions to keep your new pet safe, and to keep your stuff safe.
Here you can find out what you need to buy, get rid of or move:
Pet supplies: Before bringing your new pet home, you need to have food (and a bowl to put it in), somewhere for him to sleep, a collar and leash if it’s a dog, and maybe some treats and toys to help ease his transition into his new space. If you got a puppy that will need to be housebroken, a crate is a good idea to help prevent accidents in every corner of your apartment. Other necessities may include medicine, poop bags, a hair brush, shampoo and toothbrush.
Cleaning supplies: As cute as they are, pets can also be messy, especially a dog who needs to be walked in all types of weather. Buy some carpet and floor cleaner. Also consider investing in a heavy-duty pet vacuum if your new companion is a big shedder, and stock up on lint rollers for your clothes and furniture.
Pet proofing: Consider what hazards your new pet could get into. Anything close to the floor – like trash cans, power cords, shoes – could look like enticing chew toys to your dog or cat. Get as much off the floor as you can, especially potentially hazardous items like pills, cleaning supplies and electric cords. When you’re not home, be sure to close off any rooms you don’t want him in unsupervised. And if he learns how to open cupboards and trash cans, it’s time to get some locks.
Training: Just as important as making your apartment suitable for your pet is making sure your pet respects your apartment. Sign up for obedience classes right away if you get a dog, and set limits for what is acceptable at home. It may be cute the first time your dog grabs a sock out of the laundry basket, but you won’t be happy if it is a half-eaten shirt. Make your house rules and stick to them to maintain a happy household.