Is Your Home Pet Friendly?

Updated on March 2, 2019
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I have been an avid pet person since childhood. I know how to keep them happy and healthy.

Is this how your pet spends his days?
Is this how your pet spends his days? | Source

Think About the Animal

Living in an empty home or cage all day while you are at work can be hard on your cat or dog. I know, you have no other choice, right? But if you had done a little research, you would have known if your pet would be suited for your type of living space. When you get an animal, you should think about them before you take them home. Living in a cage most of their time, sitting in a tiny backyard or having no furniture they can call their own means the pet is nothing but a visitor. A miserable visitor. To remedy a present day situation, try using a pet care service.

If you are getting the animal from a pet store or breeder, be sure to check their credentials.

Do Your Research Before You Get a Pet

Checking out the breed, their requirements and their characteristics will help to guide you in handling your pet. Asking questions of the person you are getting the animal from can be a great help as can the internet and/or a local vet.

If you are getting the animal from a pet store or breeder, be sure to check their credentials and go to the place where the animals are raised to be sure they are healthy. Also, make sure you get an official up-to-date record that shows they have had their shots and have been wormed. Make sure it is done by a professional vet and not the seller.

Will this puppy be a large or small dog when he grows up?
Will this puppy be a large or small dog when he grows up? | Source

Pet Size Matters

The size of the animal and their needed surroundings will have a huge affect on their well being. Small spaces should not have large breeds of dogs or cats that love to run, jump and play hard. Even if you opt for an aquarium, you need to see if the floor or area where you are going to put it can hold the weight. Even the possibility of getting the floor wet on occasion is something you should think about because some floors don't handle water well. Also, check to see how big the animal will be when fully grown. A small puppy or kitten is okay in small places, but they tend to get bigger real fast.

He was suppose to be an inside dog, but look at him now.
He was suppose to be an inside dog, but look at him now. | Source

Keep Your Pet Healthy

Everyone knows that you should get a regular checkup and shots for your animals, but did you know:

  • Sphinx cats must be bathed weekly
  • horses need to have their teeth and hooves trimmed
  • some breeds of cats and dogs need to have regular brushing to keep them and their coats healthy
  • parasites can get into the eyes, ears and mouth of animals and can affect their health (be sure to treat your animal for ticks and fleas)
  • bad teeth can affect your pet's health

Make sure you know exactly what your pet needs to stay healthy including any type of special foods and wellness care..

Guinea Pigs make great pets for smaller areas.
Guinea Pigs make great pets for smaller areas. | Source

Common Small Pets

Rabbits
Mice
Rats
Small Cat Breeds
Small Dog Breeds
Domesticated Birds
Guinea Pigs
Snakes
Lizards
Fish
Skunks (scent bag removed)
Ferrets
Make sure your large pet has plenty of room to run and play as well as adequate shelter.
Make sure your large pet has plenty of room to run and play as well as adequate shelter. | Source

Large Animals

Larger animals require larger spaces and cannot thrive in small areas without places to run and jump such as a large house and/or back yard. Also, some larger animals should be kept outside for their own well being, yours and the animals. Be sure to check for suitability for an inside environment before you get the pet.

Common Large Pets

Alaskan Malamute
Sheep Dog
Hound Dog
Dobermen
Shephard
St. Bernard
Mastiff
Pit Bull
Great Dane
These are some of the better known large dog breeds.

Use straw or hay for outside bedding.

Outside Areas

  • Outside, especially for a large dog, is extremely important for their well-being. Taking them to a spot to pee and then whisking them back inside can't be too much fun, can it? Check for dog parks and fenced areas nearby where your dog can run around off the leash. Just remember that no matter where you are, it is best to clean up when your dog pees or defecates.
  • If you are going to leave your animal outside, you must be certain they have adequate shelter from the rain, snow and sun. Do not use blankets or rags for the animal's bedding because cloth can freeze and provides no shelter for the heat. Use straw or hay for the best bedding.
  • Be sure the animal always has water and is fed regularly. Also be sure to check their collars to be certain they are not becoming embedded in the animal's neck. Make sure the tether for your animal has adequate length and is not tangled.
  • Do not leave your pet outside during extremely hot or cold weather as this can be dangerous and could result in the animal's death. Even animals like horses and goats will need a place for protection during inclement weather.
  • Cats and many other types of pets will also love the outside. Purchase a cat yard that is completely enclosed. This will allow your animal to enjoy the outside while offering them protection and you peace of mind.
  • Make sure all animals are vaccinated before you let them go outside because fleas, ticks and other biting insects aren't held back by fencing. Even if your animal lays in an open window, they are at risk because the screen can let in many types of small biting insects.

If you need help with your present pet, try a pet sitter.

Animals Usually Kept Outside

Sheep
Llamas
Turkeys
Horses
Goats
Large Pigs
Mules
Donkeys
Cows

General Information You Should Know

  1. Dogs, even small ones, need areas to run and play.
  2. Cats like to look out windows to watch the world go by but be sure the screen is secure because cats will fall out of an open window.
  3. Biting, scratching and ripping are things animals do naturally so be sure you have a safe place for them to play with lots of their own toys.
  4. Animals like slippers, bathrobes and towels that have your scent on them. Use a blanket for several days (even if all you do is sit on it), and then place the blanket in your animal's bed. It will help to sooth them while you are gone.
  5. Try to give them worn shoes and slippers they can chew on and keep the good ones up high.
  6. Many types of animals will swallow anything and everything. Be sure to keep string, rubber bands, socks, jewelry and other small items off the floor because if these things get caught in an animal's intestines it could kill them. Even small aquarium rocks are dangerous.
  7. Plants can be poisonous to your animal. Be sure to check out which plants might be dangerous to your pet and keep them out of the house and/or back yard. Also, remember that baby animals will try anything just like human babies.
  8. Be sure to check to see what equipment your animal will need, an aquarium for example, and be sure you have everything before you get the animal.
  9. Most city and town areas have limits on how many animals you may have inside and outside as well as the types of animals. Be sure to check that you are following the law.

Now you can be at ease, because your house will be pet friendly.

Large Dogs in a Dog Park

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Questions & Answers

    © 2019 Cheryl Simonds

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      • cherylone profile imageAUTHOR

        Cheryl Simonds 

        2 months ago from Connecticut

        Thank you Peggy, I was hope to help everyone who has or is considering acquiring a pet. I appreciate your added comments.

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        Peggy Woods 

        2 months ago from Houston, Texas

        You have given some good advice with consideration as to how best to help a pet's environment and how to keep them safe. We have had many dogs and some cats over the years. They add such enjoyment to our lives.

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