Get Ready for Your New Furry Friend
It’s Nice to Meet You!
If you already have pets in the home, make the intro between resident and new pet a positive one by planning carefully. Here are a few tips to get them off on the right paw:
Pet-Proof Your Home
Your new furry friend will most likely want to explore every inch of her new environment. Make sure to:
- Move poisons and hazards out of harm's way
- Secure low cabinets and remove shoes, cords,
or other items that may be chewed
- Remove toxic house plants and cleaning
Look Into Licensing
King County residents are required to obtain pet licenses. You can visit King County's website for more information. Seattle residents may also obtain licenses directly from the City of Seattle and Renton residents may get their pet licenses from Seattle Humane or directly from the City of Renton.
Stock up on essentials — but don't get ahead of yourself. Wait to purchase items like toys and treats until you know more about your pet. It may be necessary to try several kinds of food before investing in a large supply. Similarly, money for expensive beds, clothes, and toys might be better spent once you have a better handle on your four-legged friend's taste and temperament.
Select a Vet for Your Pet
Locate a good veterinarian if you don't already have one. Need help? The Washington State Veterinary Medical Association provides listings of animal clinics by zip code and practice type, along with information about selecting a veterinarian. Or simply ask your animal-loving friends for recommendations and they’ll likely lead you in the right direction.
Critters – Location, Location, Location
The location of your new critter's home is very important. Select a place that is out of drafts and direct sunlight, but also away from heating vents and radiators. Having a stable surface is a must, especially for households with small children and/or dogs who could potentially knock over your critter's abode. The key is to find a spot where your furry friend can be a part of daily family life without being made vulnerable.