Many pet owners think of their pets to be part of the family. It only makes sense to take into account the needs of your pet when buying a home. Take a few moments to make sure your pet will love the new home as much as you do.
1. Make sure there is adequate space.
If you own a dog, you need to make sure you have a safe area to offer plenty of exercise. Some pet owners prefer the convenience of a fenced in yard, while others are fine with walking their pooch regularly around the neighborhood. You may decide to look for properties that are in close proximity to a dog park so that your pooch can socialize.
Make sure to contemplate which option best suits your lifestyle.
Always take time to anticipate future needs. If you think you might become busy with work, a fenced yard combined with a pet door offers activity space that your dog can always access.
Some animals, especially cats, like to have a space where they can retreat from a bustling, noisy household. Scan potential homes for areas that can function as a safe space for your pet.
2. Contemplate where pet equipment will go.
The required space varies based on your pet and the associated equipment. For example, if you are a cat owner, you likely need multiple litter boxes. When touring homes, you may want to look for spots where you are comfortable having the litter boxes. Laundry rooms, mud rooms, and spare bathrooms are all possibilities.
Even small animals can have significant space requirements. It is recommended that guinea pigs have cages that offer a minimum of 7.5 square feet. Look for rooms to house large cages and playpens. An office or living room are two options for your furry friends.
3. Think about your pet's future.
As your pet gets older, it isn't uncommon for mobility problems to surface. Though this may not be an issue for a small cat or dog, it can pose a more significant issue for your large breed dog. Your dog may not be able to climb stairs that he once bounded up as a puppy. Getting down those stairs in time to go outside can also cause issues.
Some pet owners prefer to get a one level home so that they do not have to carry a heavy dog up and down the stairs. Others make sure that the bottom level has a bedroom so that they can sleep downstairs and tend to their pet's needs.
As a pet owner, you want what's best for your beloved fur-child. Before making the move to a new home, make sure it has the desired qualities to provide your pet with a happy, healthy living space.