If you plan to adopt or recently adopted a cat or a dog, you need to think about more than just food, water, and a bed for your pet. You also need to pet-proof your home.

If you’re going to allow your pet to sleep on your bed, make plans to wash your sheets more often, especially to keep your bed free of pet hair. Also remember that fleas can be a problem year round.

Taking care of a pet is a huge responsibility to make sure your pet is happy with you and your home. To read tips for living with a pet, click here.