Suzanne Grandt in Animals, Pets Assistant General Counsel (Attorney IV) • State Bar of California Oct 19, 2020 · 1 min read · ~100

Preparing Your Home for a Pet

Preparing Your Home for a Pet

Are you thinking of adopting a pet? They are a source of endless love and can bring cheer to any home. Some things should be taken into account, however, before you bring a pet into your house.

Space

How big is your house? It’s important to choose the right animal for the size of your home. A Mastiff won’t be happy in a tiny apartment. There are plenty of little dog breeds to choose from if your apartment is small. Or, if your residence doesn’t allow for animals that surpass a certain weight or size limit, you may want to opt for a cat, bird, or fish. 

Finances

Do you have the money to feed and take care of a dog or cat? Remember, they’ll need visits to the veterinarian as well as plenty of toys and treats. When considering a new pet, keep in mind that you’ll have to rearrange your budget for it.

Allergies

If anyone in your family has an allergy to dogs or cats, you might want to look for a hairless breed. That way no one will have to suffer because of their furry friend. We want everybody to be comfortable in their home.

Clutter

Do you have a cluttered home? Animals, when bored, are notorious for chewing on shoes and books left on the ground. If you want to keep your items safe from your pet, make sure they’re organized and out of reach before you bring your new friend home.

Time

You need to put in the time to ensure your pet is happy. Will you have the time to take your dog out on walks so that he can stay fit? If your career is the sort that will keep you too busy to play with your pet, reconsider getting one.

Pet Supplies

Many people don’t think much about purchasing supplies such as shampoo or grooming gear. Adequate pet supplies are essential for your furry friend’s happiness, so make sure you find a source that has quality wares and fits your budget.

Conclusion

Adopting a pet might involve a lot of decision-making, but pets are worth the time invested in preparing for adoption. Don’t let the choices intimidate you; when you have a friend, you have a best friend for life!

This article was originally published to SuzanneGrandt.org.