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How to prepare for a new family member

Getting a new pet is an exciting and rewarding experience but comes with challenges and responsibilities. You want to ensure your home is ready for your furry friend and has enough space and time to care for them. One way to make this transition easier is to use self-storage for some of your belongings. 

What are the benefits of self-storage when preparing for the arrival of a pet? 

Here are some benefits of using self-storage when you are getting a new pet:


Declutter Your Home

Hiring storage units is an excellent way to declutter your home and create more space for your new pet’s arrival. It gives them more room to sleep, explore, play, and have fun. Removing large furniture items, DVD collections, and bookshelves provide additional space for them to enjoy family life with you. 


Keep Your Home Clean And Hygienic

Self-storage units can also help to keep your home clean and hygienic. They let you store items that can harbour dust, mites, fleas and germs elsewhere, away from your property, protecting your family and pets. You don’t have to focus so much on vacuuming carpets or cleaning rugs when you keep them in storage elsewhere. 


Adjust To A New Lifestyle

Finally, self-storage can help you adjust to your new lifestyle with your pet. Using these services lets you keep old items that remind you of your previous life, such as photos, souvenirs, or hobbies elsewhere while making way for your new life with your pet. 


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Tips to prepare for a new pet at home

Here are some tips to help you prepare for a new dog or cat at home:


1.Choose a suitable place for them to sleep

Ensure your pet has a dog bed or somewhere comfortable to rest at night. Add a crate, bed or cosy corner to your home, removing items and putting them into self-storage if necessary. 

2. Pet-proof your home and garden

Also, ensure nothing around your house could harm your pet and an unscheduled trip to the vet. Remove antifreeze, medications, sharp objects, trash cans, and poisonous plants from their vicinity. Put up fencing and gates to prevent them from running into the road. 

3.Gather supplies

You’ll also need to organise some supplies for your pet before they arrive. Ensure you have the basics, such as food and water bowls, a collar and tag, a leash and harness, a litter box and scoop (for cats), toys, treats, grooming tools, and a first aid kit. You can also prepare by ensuring you have the proper insurance and medical coverage in case of emergencies. 

4. Establish a routine

Finally, ensure you establish some ground rules so that you’re ready to implement them when your pet arrives. Decide when you will feed, walk, and play with them and what forms of behaviour are unacceptable. 


Get Self-Storage

If you are preparing for the arrival of a new pet, consider how self-storage solutions could help you. More space opens up room in your home for a new cat or dog and makes your interiors feel less cluttered.