Prepare for Puppies or Kittens

Puppies and kitties galore! If you have a pregnant pet, now’s the time to create a “baby”-safe environment. While getting your furry friend spayed or neutered is now the popular choice, there are still those who choose to have a litter of baby animals! When your pet is pregnant, it can be a very exciting time. It is even more exciting when the babies finally arrive! Before that happens, however, you should make your home safe for the new baby animals. Puppies and kittens should be thought of just like human babies or toddlers. They can get hurt if their environment isn’t baby-proof.

Some things to do to before the arrival of the baby animals:

  • Put away all toxic or harsh chemicals. These are usually cleaning products such as detergents, bleach, antifreeze, etc. Just like you would with a human toddler, make sure that these products are locked away and that your new litter cannot get into them.
  •  Be on the lookout for very tiny holes. Baby animals are exceedingly small. Therefore, close up any holes that the babies could crawl through and get lost.
  • In the room(s) where the babies will be staying, get on the floor on your hands and knees. Seeing things from the level of your pet can help you find all dangerous items that could accidentally be swallowed by or otherwise harm a tiny animal.
  • Vacuum or sweep your floors well, too.
  • If you have stairs or any ledges, block off those areas. Most animals are born blind. And like a toddler, they’re not very stable on their feet. So newborns could easily fall off a ledge or down the stairs by accident.
  • Create a safe space, such as a crate or pen, for your new litter. This keeps all the babies in one place and easy to take care of.

While those are some tips for creating a safe environment for a new litter, you can also plan now for the babies once they reach “toddler” stage.

  • Puppies and kittens enjoy playing and like to chew. With this in mind, cover electric cords. Use rugs or plastic covers that can be found at a hardware store.
  • On the topic of chewing, also keep plants out of reach. Some are toxic, so you might want to get rid of them, especially if your pet seems overly interested in them. Some toxic plants are daffodils, azaleas and oleander. For a more thorough list, please read our pet blog on toxic plants.
  • Puppies are known for slight roughhousing with one another. Keep this in mind, and remove heavy objects from unstable tables. If a puppy were to bump into a table with a heavy lamp, the fall could cause some serious damage—to the lamp and to his little body.

Having a litter of puppies or kittens is always an exciting time in life. Just make sure that they have a safe environment that they can grow up in, whether it is their permanent residence or until they are ready for adoption.

Did you ever have a litter of puppies or kittens? How did you prepare? Share with us in the comments!

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