Do you want content like this delivered to your inbox?

How To Prepare Your Home Before Getting A Pet

Scott Moe

I love my job and it shows! Real estate to me is not just about selling houses, it is about helping families achieve their goals...

I love my job and it shows! Real estate to me is not just about selling houses, it is about helping families achieve their goals...

Oct 30 4 minutes read

Whether you’re rescuing a dog, bringing home a kitten, buying a fish, or settled on a hamster- there's a lot you can do to prepare yourself and your home for your new pet!

Getting a pet is a big commitment, and there’s plenty to think about as you prepare for this transition into pet parenting. We’ve compiled a list of our top tips to help get your home ready for your new little friend when the time comes. 

Pet-Proof Your Home

You’ll need to make your home safe before adopting, whether it’s paying attention to hazardous ornaments during the holidays or tightly closing your trash cans. Pet-unfriendly plants, poisonous foods, and unsafe domestic substances should be kept out of reach.

Clean Your House from Top to Bottom

Take any valuable items and place them in closed storage containers that are out of reach. You will need to create a strategy to block spaces a small animal can get into, but you cannot, such as under beds or dressers. Decide on where you will keep pet supplies in order to avoid confusion. This is also a good time to decide where the pet will exercise (a must if you’re getting a dog).

Secure Door and Window Screens

If you’re getting a cat, you’ll need to ensure that your window and door screens have latches that a curious feline won’t be able to open, and also that these screens are secure. You may even want to buy screening that is essentially cat-proof. You should also close the toilet, as your cat (or dog) may see it as a giant water bowl and try to get a drink.

Decide Where Your Pet Will Stay During the Day

The best option is to have your pet stay with you. This is especially beneficial when your pet first joins your family. If you have the luxury of being able to bring your pet to work (leashed and crated, with regular potty breaks), go for it. Another option is doggy daycare, if you can afford it. There’s also the option of leaving your dog at home (crated), or in an exercise pen.

Give Your Pet Lots of Toys

If you’re adopting a dog, give him lots of chew toys, so he won’t be tempted to chew on other substances. Cats should likewise have balls of yarn and other toys to knock around. Keep in mind that pets explore their surroundings with their mouths, especially when they’re young. It’s your responsibility to confirm that anything that isn’t supposed to be licked on or chewed is kept out of reach.

Prepare for an Adjustment Period

Be prepared for crying if it’s a puppy or a kitten you’re bringing into your home. Baby dogs, and baby cats will cry (just as human babies) during the night as they adjust to their new home. But unlike human babies, it’s a bad idea to bring them into your bed to soothe them. Instead, set up an enclosed, quiet space with a comfortable bed, or a kennel that can be closed to prevent wandering.

Bonus tip: Get Your Pet ID’ed

Accidents happen and when they do you'll want to make sure your pet has all their identification so that your beloved pet can be returned to you if found. Get a collar or harness along with an ID tag and you can even ask your veterinarian about a microchip.

Are you still looking to sell your home?

Don't delay your free home's value report

Find Out
We use cookies to enhance your browsing experience and deliver our services. By continuing to visit this site, you agree to our use of cookies. More info

Terms of Use

This website is operated by Scott Moe, REALTOR®, a Salesperson who is a member of The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA). The content on this website is owned or controlled by CREA. By accessing this website, the user agrees to be bound by these terms of use as amended from time to time, and agrees that these terms of use constitute a binding contract between the user, Scott Moe, REALTOR®, and CREA.


The content on this website is protected by copyright and other laws, and is intended solely for the private, non-commercial use by individuals. Any other reproduction, distribution or use of the content, in whole or in part, is specifically prohibited. Prohibited uses include commercial use, “screen scraping”, “database scraping”, and any other activity intended to collect, store, reorganize or manipulate the content of this website.


REALTOR®, REALTORS®, and the REALTOR® logo are certification marks that are owned by REALTOR® Canada Inc. and licensed exclusively to The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA). These certification marks identify real estate professionals who are members of CREA and who must abide by CREA’s By-Laws, Rules, and the REALTOR® Code. The MLS® trademark and the MLS® logo are owned by CREA and identify the professional real estate services provided by members of CREA.

Liability and Warranty Disclaimer

The information contained on this website is based in whole or in part on information that is provided by members of CREA, who are responsible for its accuracy. CREA reproduces and distributes this information as a service for its members, and assumes no responsibility for its completeness or accuracy.


Scott Moe, REALTOR® may at any time amend these Terms of Use by updating this posting. All users of this site are bound by these amendments should they wish to continue accessing the website, and should therefore periodically visit this page to review any and all such amendments.