Bringing Up Baby

November 19, 2010

Few things can add a sense of joy and excitement to your home like the addition of a new puppy or kitten. The pitter-patter of little paws will bring your house to life as your new little friend explores every room. Before you bring a new puppy or kitten home, make a few simple preparations to welcome your new pet to your world.

Walk around your house and think carefully about things in your home that could be dangerous for a tiny kitty or puppy. Also pay attention to protecting things a young furball might not be able to resist chewing, scratching or otherwise destroying. Keep wires and electrical cords out of the reach of tiny mouths by wrapping them up high or encasing them in hard plastic. Store breakable and irreplaceable items away from your curious critter in a closet or on a high shelf. Wherever you can, fill in gaps between your furniture and the wall so your new pet can’t get stuck in hard to reach places. At you can find many more great tips for puppy-proofing your home and training your new puppy.

You will also need to do a little shopping to get ready for your new pet. Most importantly, be sure to stock up on pet food designed for puppies and kittens. Puppies and kittens alike will need a good safety collar with an id tag. If you are planning to bring home a pup, don’t forget to get a leash! In recent years, many cat owners have been introducing their cats to life on a leash too. is a great resource to learn more about leash-training your kitten and many other aspects of cat care. Finally, when your home is ready and your shopping is done, get ready to enjoy a world of fun with your new pet!

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