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Bringing A Pet Home: What To Expect

Black Cat

(Photo by Anna Bakirova)

Bringing a new pet home is a big deal both for you and for your pet too. While you’re already used to living in that space, a puppy or a kitten might take a few days or weeks for that. For that matter, preparation is crucial for a smooth transition. All parents know that getting a pet for their kids is exciting, but most of the time they are the ones who end up doing most of the cleaning, walking and sometimes entertaining too. You need to make sure that you prepare in advance so that your pet is able to settle in easily. Whether you’re bringing a new cat or a dog home, you should expect a lot of cleaning and looking after. Pets can be a bit like little kids, but they are worth the effort.

Supplies and Equipment

New pets require a lot of time and considering that bonding is very important in the first few weeks, you need to make sure that you have enough supplies at hand so that you don’t have to leave them alone while you’re getting some more. Some of the most essential items are a bed, toys, water and food and other items that keep them entertained. You should know that their emotional wellbeing and mental stimulation is very important, maybe just as important as their physical needs.

Choose a Vet

Choosing a vet can be a bit of a challenge, especially if there are many offices in your area. In order to facilitate your task, you could ask your friends and family for referrals. You should know how much they charge per visit when they operate and if they are available for emergencies. Once you pick a vet, it is advisable to schedule an appointment with the new member of your family (i.e., the new pet) so that they can do a thorough health check. This will tell you a lot about how they interact with humans and animals too.

Establish Rules in Advance

Establishing a routine might give you some peace of mind. It is true that new pets need a lot of attention, but that does not mean that you have to spend 24/7 in their company. By establishing a few rules, you help create a routine that your new pet will easily get accustomed to. Though, in the first weeks, you should expect all kinds of situations. Everyone knows that puppies love looking for food, chewing on personal belongings and playing with mud. All of these can leave some serious stains on your carpet, but you should not worry as can help you clean your carpets with non-toxic solutions.

Their Behavior

Be aware that your new pet might act differently to how they acted at the foster shelter of in the shop. A long talk with the former owners can tell you a bit more about their habits and personality. However, you can never know for sure how they will react once they get to your home. Sometimes it can take up to a few months for a pet to show their real self. Be patient and show love no matter what. Give them constant attention, play with them, let them exercise and socialize and that might help.

Bringing a new pet home seems very easy, but there are a few “hidden” challenges that you might want to consider. A lot of preparing and love will create the basis of a long and happy life together.