Are you a first-time pet owner? Or has it been a while since you brought a new fur-baby home? We got you covered. Penny Martin is here today to talk to give us her tips for success as a new pet owner. Penny an advocate for rescue dogs. Her goal is to inform people of what to expect and how to react to their dog so that the relationship always retains love. She created fureverfriend.info to help new owners prepare themselves for new furry friends. Here are Penny’s 7 tips for new pet owners.
Becoming a pet owner is an exciting time. From choosing the pet that’s the right fit for you to getting ready before your furry friend comes home, there’s also a lot to know. These seven tips will help make you the best possible pet owner for your new companion.
Choosing the Right Pet
Your lifestyle is the first determining factor for choosing a furry friend. For example, if you frequently travel or spend a lot of time away from home, you’ll need to consider who will watch your pet while you’re gone. Hiring a pet sitter can ease this concern, of course, and you can find someone reliable and trustworthy with a bit of research.
Think About Your Home and Yard Size
Another factor is the size of your home — including your yard. Smaller breeds typically do better with smaller yards, but breed characteristics also affect how much exercise your pet needs. Your lifestyle and preferences are factors that affect which dog breed is best for your household. Of course, cats and other small pets are also ideal, no matter the size of your home.
Consider Family Members’ Allergies
You’ll also want to think about potential allergies within your family. Studies show that between 10 to 20 percent of people worldwide are allergic to cats or dogs — or both. For first-time pet owners, spending time with adoptable pets might shed light on whether you’re allergic.
Don’t Forget About the Vet
Of course, dogs and cats aren’t the only pet options; rodents, fish, and reptiles can also make suitable pets, especially for children. Pets that live in cages are often easier to care for. Plus, veterinary costs are typically lower for smaller pets than they are for cats or dogs.
Regardless of the pet you choose, pet insurance can help you manage their vet bills. Compare the covered services and deductible amounts to find the best deal. Think about companies like Trupanion that offer thorough coverage, don’t include age limits, and payout quickly.
Getting Your Home Pet-Ready
Preparing your home to welcome a new pet is exciting, and you may be stocking up on toys and designating your pet’s sleeping and play areas. However, other important steps include ensuring that your home is safe for your new companion.
Pet-proofing your home properly means knowing what type of animal you plan to adopt. For cats and dogs that have access to the entire home, childproof latches on cabinets are helpful. You will also want to remove potentially hazardous products (especially cleaning agents) from accessible areas or switch to pet-friendly products instead.
American Humane also recommends removing dangling wires from your electronics as they can pose a choking (and chewing) hazard. Also, store food properly—especially items that are toxic.
Special Considerations for Rescue Pets
Adopting a pet who has a troubled background requires special care. Many rescue pets are cautious — understandably so — and take a while to warm up to their fur-ever families. You should give your dog, especially, time to adjust. Expect training — even housetraining — to take a while and remember that love and patience go a long way toward cementing your bond.
For felines, setting up a “safe room” with a cat box, food and water, a few toys, and a hiding place can reassure them while they adjust.
Bonding with Your New Family Member
Now for the most exciting part of bringing home a pet: bonding! For pets, playing together is the ultimate form of bonding. However, it’s worth noting the differences between, say, cats and dogs, says Psychology Today. Your cat may be more aloof, while a canine will love following you all day and inviting you to play.
Understanding your pet’s needs and aligning your expectations with both their breed and personality can help you bond. However, the right preparation and know-how are also vital for creating a welcoming and safe home for your new pup, kitten, or other pet. With these tips in mind, you’ll soon be the savviest new pet parent on the block.
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