Complete guide to bringing home a new puppy or kitten

A complete guide to creating the perfect home environment for your new pet. Learn to ‘kitten-proof’ or ‘puppy-proof’ your home.

Written by Editor Medibank

Whether it’s your first or an addition to your current family, bringing home a new puppy or kitten is an exciting event! During these first few weeks your new furry companion will be entirely reliant on you to ease their transition into their new home, so here are some helpful tips to make the transition a breeze.

Before bringing home a new puppy or kitten, check that your home is as pet-proof as possible:

  • Ensure windows and doors can be kept closed so your pet stays safe inside.
  • Hide all electrical cabling. Your puppy or kitten might try to chew through it.
  • Check that your houseplants are pet-friendly as some plants, like poinsettias and cyclamens, are potentially dangerous to pets.

Creating the perfect home environment for your new pet

Getting your new pet comfortable at home can be a fun experience for the whole family to enjoy.

Here are some ways to make the first few hours run as smoothly as possible:

  • Choose a room for your pet to first explore and open their carrier bag in there, giving them time to come out on their own terms.
  • Have a nice cosy bed prepared and try to keep household noise down.
  • Try not to overplay in the beginning as too much playing and exploration can exhaust a young puppy or kitten. 

Kickstarting routine and introducing cats to dogs

Now it’s time to slowly get your pet into a routine. Here are a few ways to help your new pet feel at ease.

  • Aim for a set routine with mealtimes.
  • To avoid overwhelming them, resist the temptation to introduce your pet to all your friends at once.
  • When introducing to other pets, go slow and give them time to gain confidence. Let them make friends at their own pace.

Making friends and training

Introducing your new pet to friends and family is exciting, and training your puppy and kitten can be great fun when you give them lots of love and encouragement. Here’s how to get started.

How to toilet train a puppy and litter train a cat

It’s important to litter train your new puppy or kitten as soon as possible. Place the tray or mat in a quiet spot. Be sure to take your pet to their toilet spot after they’ve woken or eaten, and praise them when they use it. Remember that praise works better than punishment so always try to reward good behaviour.

Entering the outside world

Bringing your new pet into the outside world is exciting and full of ‘firsts’ – first trip to the dog park, first time exploring the backyard, first time meeting friends. Try and introduce your puppy or kitten to new experiences slowly. Accidents and mishaps have the potential to happen both inside and outside of the home, so ease your mind by protecting your fur baby with pet insurance.

For more tips check out our checklist to bringing a puppy or kitten home.

A playful pet will bring plenty of joy, affection and entertainment into your home. With thoughtful preparation and attentive care, he or she will quickly become a beloved member of your family.

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Important things you should know

Terms, conditions and waiting periods apply. Medibank Pet Insurance is general insurance issued by the insurer The Hollard Insurance Company Pty Ltd (ACN 090 584 473; AFSL 241436) (Hollard), is promoted by Medibank Private Limited (ACN 080 890 259; AR 286089) (Medibank) and administered by PetSure (Australia) Pty Ltd (ACN 075 949 923; AFSL 420183) (PetSure). Medibank acts as an authorised representative of PetSure. Medibank will receive a commission which is a percentage of the premium paid to Hollard and PetSure may receive a portion of the underwriting profit, if any - ask PetSure for more details.

Any advice provided is general only, has been prepared without taking into account your objectives, financial situation or needs and may not be right for you. Consequently, before acting on this information, you should consider the appropriateness of this information having regard to your objectives, financial situation and needs. You should obtain and consider the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) in deciding whether to acquire, or continue to hold, Medibank Pet Insurance. PetSure can be contacted by telephone: 132 331 or by mail: Locked Bag 9021, Castle Hill, NSW 1765.

Written by Editor Medibank

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