Creature Comforts:Preparing Your Home for YourNew PetAdopting a pet mess. The followingfrom a shelter can household andtransform your training tipshouse into a cozy will get you on yourhome. But without way to having it all-careful preperation, furry love and a tidyyour new furry home.friend can turn theold homestead into a “And remember toGet off to a Great Start increase your pet’s roaming privilages Put a cozy bed for your pet in slowly, room by room.”every room . Pets are much morelikely to keep off furniture ifthey have attractive alternatives. Until your pet learnshouse rules, don’t give himunsupervised access to roomswith sofas, beds or any otherfurniture you don’t want himon. Instead, spend time withyour pet in those rooms, and beready to gently but persistentlydiscourage him from jumping upon the furniture. It may help toleave a short leash on your dog ifhe tries to hop on your sofa. Themoment he does, say “Oops!”Then take hold of his leash andgently lead him away from theAdapted from articles by Jacque Lynn Schultz, Director, ASPCA Companion Animals Program Advisor, and Dr. Stephen AdapteZawistowski, Senior Vice President, ASPCA National Program Office. Zawist
s: Paws to Claws During bed next to the treat, you can “chill time” tether. When sit on the sofa together, teach you’re ready and read a your dog thar to sit back book or watch you’d like him and relax, TV. to hang out tether your If you on his own dog and give have a cat, bed rather him something try putting than on your exciting to double-sided furniture. Tie chew. (Try sticky tape or a short tether a new bulky upside-down (about four stick, rawhide carpet runner feet in length) or stuffed on furniture to the leg of Kong toy.) to discourage “Going from restriction to complete a sofa. Place While he Fluffy from your dog’s works on his scratching. freedom can set a pet up to fail.”o Trainingss * Use dog crates and gates to confine Walls Furniture Home Decor your new dog when home alone Windowsoom.” until his house manners earn him * Use washable *Provide comfy beds in * Avoid vertical blinds, unsupervised freedom. semi-gloss each room or designate one pooling drapery, * Provide plenty of ”legal” things for paint in areas piece of furniture as your ornate tassels and long your dog to chew. If he has attractive where your pet pet’s place. Cover this piece cords that can become toys and bones of his own, he’ll be may sprinkle with a washable throw and strangulation hazards. much less likely to gnaw on your spittle on the teach your pet this is the If a dog gets caught in things! walls. only piece of furniture he is any of these, he could * Provide kitty with a variety of * Washable allowed to frequent. panic and bring objects scratching post and perches-cat trees vinyl-backed * Make sure slipcovers around him crashing are helpful. wallpaper is are machine-washable, down. * Be sure to give your dog at least 30 easier to clean especially if a light-colored * Think twice about minutes of aerobic exercise- running, than traditional solid is your upholstery of mini-blinds, which can fetching, playing or swimming- each paper-backed choice. get bent beyond repair day. A tired dog will be much less likely wallpaper. * Leather and vinyl when a curious dog to engage in destructive behavior. * Relegate furniture is easy to clean, tries to see the outside * A busy dog will be much better antique but can be damaged by world. behaved,too. Consider feeding your wallpapers too-long toenails! Be sure * Fabric shades, cafe pet in food-puzzle toys when he has or fabric wall to clip your cat’s and dog’s curtains and draperies to stay home alone. If he spends his treatments to nails regularly! are excellent choices time working for his chow, he’ll be less the top half for homes with dogs. likely to look for other ways to alleviate of the walls; his bordom-like chewing on furniture paint or hang a legs or unstuffing couches. washable wall * Please also research house training covering below. for dogs and litter box training for cats.Stephen Adapted from articles by Jacque Lynn Schultz, Director, ASPCA Companion Animals Program Advisor, and Dr. Stephen Zawistowski, Senior Vice President, ASPCA National Program Office.
Animal-Friendly Decor Here are some fun ways to spruce up your home for your companion animals: Floors * Internal Dutch doors between * If you have cats, be sure to but the porthole will keep dogs * Machine-washable your new dog is fully rooms make it install high- from getting in area rugs are easier to hous-trained—and if easy for you to quality metal and munching keep clean than wall- rugs have decorative manage which screens on all on cat waste. to-wall carpeting. If fringe, don’t put them pets are allowed windows. * A small lift urine soaks into carpet back down until your where. They * Install a along a wall backing, its nearly pet is well past teething also eliminate folding (hinged) where the litter impossible to remove. age (over 8 months)! the need for cat perch under box or food and K If you do decide to * Tile, sheet linoleum awkward baby a window for water bowls are stick with wall-to- and Prego® are pet- gates. kitty’s placed would wall, its a good idea to freindly floorings that stock up on carpet care allow you to easily * Outdoor cat viewing make cleaning products, especially wipe away accidental enclosures can pleasure. and feeding alot enzymatic cleaners made specifically for droppings. * Seal hardwood floors be attached to the house with * How about a built-in alcove easier for senior pet owners. The Ag pet accidents. with polyurethane to a cat door to for your dog’s lift would be * Roll up vegetable- prevent urine odor from allow free access crate? used to raise dyed oriental rugs until lingering. for your feline * By adding a and lower the friend porthole to a litter box or food Cleaners * Fenced-yards kitchen cabinet, bowels. * If you use a where they’ve should have a you’ve got * If your really product that contains made mistakes buried, inward- yourself a new handy, how ammonia to clean before. Instead, facing section place for a cat about an outdoor up your pet’s have on-hand a to prevent dogs litter tray! Not septic disposal urine, you won’t special enzymatic from digging only will it look system for dog be able to smell cleaner specifically and tunneling. clean and neat, waste?! remaining odors, made for cleaning but your pet will! up pet messes—all In fact, ammonia- based cleaners can major pet stores carry them. For best Grooming actually attract results, be sureto pets and encourage follow directions on * Regularly meals. them to urinate the product label. trim and file * Trim the your pet’s hair around nails to keep your pet’s Keep Your Pet’s Eating her from shredding bottom to help keep and Sleeping Areas Tidy furniture. * Brush kitty excrement from clinging. or pooch * Make it * Spill-proof eaters. regularly to easy to give water bowls * Frequently remove dead your pet a prevent drooly wash your pet’s skin and good rubdown drinkers from blanket and hair that will after oudoor spilling on the bedding; use otherwise romps. Place floor. a lint roller on end up on a machine- * A large, pillows. furniture and washable area absorbent * Scoop the poop floors. rug by the placemat under out of your cat’s * Wipe off door and keep food and water litter box at least your pet’s a towel handy bowls will make once or twice a paws and near the entry. for easier clean- day. mouth after up after messyAdapted from articles by Jacque Lynn Schultz, Director, ASPCA Companion Animals Program Advisor, and Dr. StephenZawistowski, Senior Vice President, ASPCA National Program Office.
Kids and Pets Interaction Guide A guide to ages and species. Infants Other Observations: Guinea Other Observations: Children Primary Issues:Introduction to pigs like to be held, seldom this age can be reliable, but current pets bite and will whistle when adults should always check on Recommend: N/A excited or happy. food/water, etc. Task for the Child: N/A Participation in dog training classes are an excellent Other Observations: 5-10 Years learning opportunity for Resident dogs and cats need Primary Issues: Attention span gradual,supervised introduction children. is variable to infants. Recommend: Shelf pets or goldfish 14-17 Years Toddler Task for the Child: Clean cages Primary Issues: Competition Primary Issues: Curiosity; with adult help, supervised for time and attention (i.e. pulling, touching, etc. play with dogs/cats Sports,clubs, etc.) Recommend: N/A Other Observations: Adults Recommend: Birds, Aquariums Task for the Child: N/A should always check to ensure Tasks for the Child: Most tasks. Other Observations: Care must that pets have food/water and Use allowance to buy treats, be taken with dog food dishes, cages are secured. etc. toys; litter boxes for cats; Other Observations: Developing interest as a aquarium wires. 10-13 Years fancier, more likely to do Primary Issues: Greater research or read about the 3-5 Years interest in pets and capacity for species. Primary Issues: Learning about responsibility Parents should note that dogs contact, empathy. Recommend: Dogs, Cats, and cats aquired at this age Recommend: Guinea Pig Rabbits will probably stay in the home Tasks for the Child: Filling Tasks for the Child: Feed pet; when the child water bottle and food dish walk dog; clean rabbit cage; leaves for college etc. clean cat litterStephen Guide by Stephen Zawistowski, Ph.D, ASPCA Executive Vice President of National Programs.