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The guide to pet-proofing your new home

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21 Jul 2017

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It can sometimes feel like your pets are furry children so it’s no surprise that many pet parents’ first priority is to pet-proof a new home. Moving house can be a stressful process and your pets can also be affected by the upheaval.

One of the ways that you can minimise the stress of this transition is to ensure that your pets are moving into a safe environment. You obviously want your pet to enjoy your new home as much as you do so here are some top tips on pet-proofing your new house.

Establish safe boundaries for your pets

It may be best to leave pets at a friend’s house or confine them to a room while moving your things. The combination of all the disorientating activity and a strange place can unnerve them and they can easily bolt out an open door while everyone is occupied.

Make sure that all external doors or windows are closed and that they’re confined to the house when they first arrive. For cats, consider screens for windows until they get settled.

Check out any spaces that smaller animals like hamsters, rabbits or even reptiles could use as bolt holes. You don’t want to end up ripping out a cupboard because Fluffy decided to go exploring.

If you have a garden, make sure that they can’t escape through any gaps. Curious animals like to investigate new spaces and they don’t understand property limits unless there’s a clear boundary. Secure fencing and a kennel for outdoor dogs can transform a garden into a safe place.

Make your pets feel safe

Pet owners can help to ease their pet into the new house by remaining calm and demonstrating that it’s a safe place. Move their bed, toys and water bowl into the room that they’ll occupy and let them get used to the space.

Just like you, they’ll want to explore the new environment. Let them find their way around and try to reassure them while they’re still getting their bearings. Stay with them until they get acclimatised.

If you have a cat, keep it inside for the first couple of weeks. Try and scare any strange cats away to help it establish its new territory.

Let your pet choose if they want to explore the back garden rather than lifting them outside. Leave a door open until they build up their confidence so they can come inside if they feel frightened.

Identify possible dangers

Tuck away or tie up electrical cables or anything that could represent an obvious danger to your pet. Look out for any strangulation or choking hazards that they can access. Keep room doors closed so they can’t stumble across items that pose a danger to them.

Check if they can paw open new cupboards or doors. You may need to get a child lock on floor level cupboards that contain cleaning products.

Toxic plants can be lethal for pets so check out the garden to make sure there are no threats. Ensure that there are no subtle outdoor dangers that could pose a threat, like exposed nails on decking or rusty/exposed wire fences.

Get inside the mind of your pet by thinking about places that they might try to access by way of jumping or climbing. Your pet may have been unadventurous in your old home but a new environment represents a whole new territory to explore.

Exposed floorboards may look beautiful but they can become the indoor equivalent of ice rinks for energetic dogs who aren’t used to them. Identify potential black spots and put down non-slip mats if you think your dog could hurt themselves by running in certain areas.

If you follow these tips and be considerate to your furry child, they’ll soon settle in and your house will start to feel like home.

Are you thinking of buying your own home?

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