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It can be difficult to bring home a pet, whether a dog or cat, for the first time. We have compiled a checklist for you to help you get started.

You’ll find your new family member nervous and excited, so you want to make them feel as comfortable as possible. This requires some planning and preparation. Turn to My Paper Writer in case you do not have time to dedicate to your new family member. Here are some tips for cat and dog owners who are just starting out.

Preparing your home to house a kitten or puppy

You should prepare your home to welcome a new baby just as you would for a newborn baby.

You should choose a place for your puppy to live in for the first few weeks. This will allow them to get used to their surroundings and to feel secure and at ease. If your kitten is your new pet, you should avoid rooms with curtains that are too long. Your kitten might climb up the curtains and get stuck on them.

You should also be aware of possible hazards in your home, as kittens and puppies can easily get into small spaces. Here are some tips to help you avoid potential dangers:

  • Make sure to close any gaps between kitchen appliances and under-fitted cabinets.
  • Clear out open fireplaces.
  • All external doors and windows should be closed.
  • In cabinets, place disinfectants, cleaning fluids, and medications.
  • Keep electric cables away from pets’ reach.
  • Close toilet lids.
  • Take out fragile ornaments and small objects that could be swallowed.
  • Take out any items that might be broken (such as glass ornaments or vases) and that could be chewed (such as reading glasses or books).

Remember that some plants can be dangerous for our furry friends. Avoid lilies and poinsettias as they can be toxic to animals. Double-check with your vet if you are unsure.

Bring your kitten or puppy home

While you will want to introduce your puppy to all your family and friends, it’s important not to invite everyone over immediately after you bring your puppy home. You may find your puppy anxious. Keep in mind that they are in a new environment.

It is important to allow your pet to adjust for 24 hours. Children should also understand that you need to leave them alone.

Give them time to settle down and then let family members visit one at a time.

You should let your dog explore the house to get used to it. But, just as with babysitting, you need to keep an eye on them. If they hide, you don’t have to coax them to come out. Instead, spend some time in the room reading or watching TV to help your puppy get used to you being there.

Checklist for new puppies and top tips for cats

Cats and kittens should not have food or water bowls. Heavy food and water bowls are better for dogs and puppies so they don’t fall over.

Pet food: Feed your pet high-quality food, but introduce new foods slowly. Ask your vet or breeder for guidance on food.

Unscented cat litter and litter tray:

Place the litter tray far from food bowls and keep it clean.


Ideal for bringing your dog home or for visiting the vet. Use a washable liner to line the inside.

Scratching post for cats and kittens:

This could save your carpet and sofa!


Buy toys for your dog and you.

Chew items for dogs:

They are important for their teething and to keep them from chewing your shoes.

Grooming equipment: A brush and comb are essential for long-haired dogs. These grooming tips are for puppies and dogs if you are a novice dog owner.

Collar and lead:

Dogs and puppies should be taught to wear a collar, harness, and lead around the house and garden. This will make it easier for them to take their first steps.

You can use blankets, heat pads, and thermal bedding to provide comfort for your dog during the first night in their new home.

Pet insurance:

If you are buying a pet, such as a dog or cat, you might need insurance to protect against unexpected injuries and illnesses. Petplan has policies that will suit you and your pet. We wish you and your kitten or puppy all the best!

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