Bringing home a new pet is one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences for any family, but like most things in life that bring you joy, they also bring responsibility. There are quite a few things you’ll need to do to prepare for this addition to your family; here are just a few:

Prep the house – You want your new furry friend to make themselves at home, but you also need to protect your investment. Dogs and cats can do some damage to floors and walls if you haven’t prepared. If you’re bringing home a cat, make sure to get them a scratching post, or watch them carefully as they adjust. It only takes a few good scratches to ruin a new couch or rip a nice comforter. If you’re bringing home a dog, make sure you potty train them as quickly as possible. Too many accidents can ruin carpets and even stain your tile floors.

Be Prepared – Stock up on all the supplies you could need; have plenty of food, chew toys, grooming tools, a liter box and bedding. Your new friend may be intimidated by their new surroundings and not sleep well, or at all. Try letting them sleep with you on the first couple nights, it helps them feel safe in their new home and gives you a chance to bond with them.

Responsibilities – Unfortunately having a pet isn’t all fun and games; dogs need to be taken out three or four times a day, they need to be potty trained, bathed, fed on schedule and possibly even take some obedience lessons. Cats require a bit less maintenance, but they also need to be fed, groomed and have their liter taken out on a daily basis. If you have children, show them now how to handle the responsibility of a pet by divvying up the responsibilities. Make a chart to cross off their daily chores to make sure the pet is being fed and watched after.

Make a Vet Appointment – Even if your pet has had their vaccinations, it’s a good idea to find a reputable veterinarian in the area and get your pet a wellness exam. This exam gives you an idea of any issues your pet may have now or may encounter in the future and it’s a good idea to have a good vet lined up in case of an emergency.

Sibling Rivalry – If this isn’t your first pet, your introductions may be a bit rocky in the beginning. You may know how your first pet responds to other animals, but unless you’ve seen them play in their own territory, stay cautious. Remove any items your resident pet may be protective of, like toys, food and water dishes and bedding. Introduce them slowly and if one or both are dogs, you may want to keep them leashed in case you need to pull them apart.

If you already have a pet and you’re looking for homes, make sure your Berkeley Real Estate Agent knows what kind of pet it is, and they can help you find the perfect home for your family and pet.

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