Information for New Pet Owners
Some readers have written to me (thank you for the e-mails, I love reading them!), mentioning that I should have some information for those who are first time dog/cat parents, things to consider and information they may not think about. I am going to try to write as many ideas as I can think of right now and if I can think of others, I will post a weekly blog about information for new pet parents. Anyway…
Congratulations! Thank you for adopting a dog or cat. You are doing a wonderful thing by giving an animal your love and attention, but remember, a pet is not just something that is a one time thing and you can leave it alone. You need to be ready to give your pet at least 10 years of your life. Many pets can live beyond 20 years (I had a cat that lived to be 22). It is a lifetime commitment.
Before bringing your new dog/cat home, there are things you will need.
When getting a cat, here are a few things you will need to make them feel at home:
- Cat carrier (make sure it is big enough for your cat).
- Litter Box, litter scooper and litter and litter catcher mat for in front of the litter box (will you get a covered one or an open one, or a roasting pan. Some people like the roasting pan because the urine doesn’t stick to it and they are easy to scoop).
- Litter container for waste (I have a litter locker, you can get one and put waste in for about two weeks before needing to change it. Look at wag or Petco for these items, please see the websites at the bottom of this post).
- Food (as I have mentioned before in a previous post, this is one of the things that requires research). Food Dishes (plastic isn’t that great, they can cause rashes or acne. So can stainless steel for some. I use glass dishes. Ceramic dishes can be good to use as well, just watch out for those made in china, as they can sometimes contain lead.)
- Cat bed
- Nail Clippers/Pedi paws
- Brushes/Furminator -(furminator is like a groomers clippers. I don’t use it because neither one of my fur babies can tolerate it. It scares them regardless of how much I have tried to get them used to it).
- Carpet stain remover
- Cat tree (this is optional, but some cats love to climb, and this will give them their own space, since cats are territorial).
As you can see, this is quite a bit to think about. If you like to order stuff online, like I do, the website WAG has everything you will need for your fur baby. The best thing about the site is that it ships FAST, your first order is 15% off using the coupon code on the site, and FREE 1-2 day shipping on orders over $49 before tax. When I ordered, the shipping information was delivered to my e-mail fast, and there were updates with prompt service. I highly recommend ordering from this site. It has stuff for dogs, cats, small animals, fish and reptiles.
When bringing a dog home, here are some things to consider buying them to help them feel at home:
- Dog carrier
- Dog bed or blanket or something soft for them to sleep on on the floor.
- Food and food dishes (the same applies for dogs as it does cats regarding acne, rashes, etc).
- Collar and leash
- disposal bags for when walking (pooper scooper bags to be responsible pet parents and pick up after them while out for walks).
- Crate for night time or for their own personal space
- Nail Clippers
- Dog Shampoo (try to get one that is natural, without sulfates/silicones, just some natural ingredients)
- Tie out for when they go outside, or if you have a fenced in yard, the tie out won’t be necessary as long as your fence is tall enough and sturdy enough. It might be a good idea to have someone inspect it before getting your new friend.
- Dog house, make sure it is insulated
Perhaps most important of all is a PET FIRST AID KIT. This will save you from going to the vet for minor cuts and injuries. Of course if it is not minor, make sure to take your fur baby to the vet!
Make sure you give your baby time to adjust to being in your home. It is a very stressful time and a totally new environment for them. They want to learn new things and a new routine. Make sure they have their own space to escape to when needed. Enjoy getting to know your new addition to your family and have fun!