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Keeping different types of animals in the home as pets.


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Keeping different kinds
of animals in your home


Welcoming a new pet into your home can be a
wonderfully exciting time. House pets can bring boundless energy, fun and
new life to your living space but it is vitally important to ensure your
home is properly prepared for the new arrival.

Whether your new addition is canine, feline
or – as is increasingly popular with the advent of ‘micropigs’ – porcine,
you will need to make sure your house is a safe, comfortable environment for
the animal to live in.

Here are a few things to consider when
thinking about adding three of Britain’s most popular pets to your family:

Dogs

If you are bringing home a puppy, you can
expect a lot of charging around and a lot of chewing to take place. As well
as taking out
pet
insurance
just in case accidents do happen, there are other precautions
that can help minimise the risks to new dogs and to your possessions.

First of all, remove anything from the
floor that might be damaged if knocked over or chewed.

Phone wires and
electricity cables should be protected with plastic tubes and any surfaces
that you wish to keep clean from paw prints will need covering.

Small items
such as ornaments and toys should be kept out of your dog’s reach and any
sharp items or hazardous products should be locked away.

In the kitchen, make sure all food is
stored securely. Dogs have a keen sense of smell and many of them will find
any way they can to access your food, so add locks to the cupboard doors if
necessary.

Dog insurance policies won’t be able to help you replace lost
food!


cartoon dog lying on sunbed in sunglasses

Cats

Many of the precautions required for
bringing home a cat or a kitten are the same as those required for dogs and
puppies. While cats may be more elegant and agile than dogs, they will not
understand the need to be careful around that expensive vase – so don’t
leave it out to be knocked over! And cats are just as fond of chewing cables
as dogs are, so protect them.

One thing cats will do more than dogs is
scratch. To ensure that your sofa, curtains, houseplants and clothes are not
the target of your cat’s natural scratching routine, buy a scratching post
at the right height and encourage your cat or kitten to use it.

Cats love to explore and they will find
every nook and cranny in your house, so make sure they are not likely to
stumble across any dangerous items or unsafe areas.

If your cat is to be
allowed out, a cat flap is a great option to ensure your cat can come and go
as it pleases and save you having to tend to that mewing sound at the door
at unwanted moments! If you are worried about allowing your cat the freedom
to roam outside, cat insurance cover is available to give you peace of mind.

Rabbits

girl cuddling rabbitHouse rabbits make wonderful pets, as more
and more people are realising in recent years. Rabbits live outdoors in the
wild but they can be very happy in your home if you take a few precautions
and create a safe, comfortable environment.

Exposed cables are a serious risk with
rabbits, as these animals live to chew! Make sure cables are protected and
try to close off any spaces that your rabbit might venture down and get
stuck, as rabbits are natural diggers and they enjoy squeezing themselves
into little gaps.

Give your rabbit a safe, open space in the
house to exercise. Ideally, make a whole room entirely rabbit safe, so that
your bunny can be happily left to its own devices without any worries.
Should you still have concerns, compare pet insurance online to find a
policy that will cover your rabbit.

Keeping
rabbits
in the house
is a contentious issue with many differing views
and there are of course many other animals that make excellent
pets including fish and
birds
.