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If you are getting a pet for the first time, you will, no doubt, be feeling very excited about your new addition to the family. However, getting a pet is a big responsibility and you do need to be prepared. You will want to make sure you provide a safe and happy home for your pet. So, how can you make sure you are prepared for the big day that you bring your pet home? Read on for some tips…
Stock up on all of the pet supplies you will need
The first thing you need to do is stock up! You are going to need to stock up on pet supplies to ensure you have everything you could possibly need. The likes of cat litter, litter boxes, scratching posts, ID tags, potty bags, leashes, and collars should all be purchased before you bring your ned addition home. You also need to buy food for your pet. Talk to the person you are purchasing your new cat or dog from to find out what food they have been using. It is always wise to feed your pet this at first so that there are not too many changes all in one go and you already know that they like it.
Be ready for an adjustment period
Bringing a new pet into the family is very much like having a child. After all, when you first have a baby, they spend a lot of time crying and waking you up through the night, right? Well, the same can happen with pets, especially puppies and kittens. At the end of the day, this is a big adjustment for your new family addition, and so it is only natural that they may feel unsure and scared. However, it is a bad idea to bring them to your bed to soothe them, as you would with human babies. Once your pet gets used to their new home, the crying will stop.
Get your pet’s personal space prepared
Another important step is to prepare a personal space for your pet. You need to decide and organise on a spot and you need to make sure that you keep your pet’s ‘home’ in the same area. This is important because it will ensure your pet recognise this area has his space.
Make sure you have treats and toys on hand
In addition to the points that have already been mentioned, you will want to make sure that there are treats and toys for your new pet. These should not be distributed to your pet librarily. You know what they say… you can have too much of a good thing! However, treats are great for rewarding good behaviour and training your dog. Of course, you will need toys too to keep your pet busy and ensure they get enough exercise. You can read up on the best dog toys online. Take the time to read reviews that have been left by other pet owners, as they will often have useful advice to share.
Pet proof your home
Last but not least, we could not speak about preparing for a pet without talking about pet proofing your home. You will need to make sure your home is safe. This is a two-fold process. You, of course, will want to make sure there is nothing in your home that could harm you new pet. Aside from this, you will want to ensure there is nothing that your new pet could easily damage. Make sure that unsafe domestic substances, poisonous foods, and pet-unfriendly plants are all well without of reach. You also need to make sure that small pieces that can be swallowed are out of the way, as well as electronic cords, medications, toys, cleaning solutions, and products and tools for garden care.
As you can see, there are many different ways that you should prepare in order to make sure you are ready for your new pet. From creating a personal space for the new family addition to ensuring all hazards are removed, there are a number of steps you need to follow but they are all critical in ensuring you have a happy and healthy pet.
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