Prepping For a New Pet
Bringing home a new pet, whether planned or not, requires some careful forethought, preparation and planning. There’s more than food dishes, leashes, cat boxes, toys, food and bedding to consider. Here’s the top three things that many new pet owners may overlook when getting a new pet:
1 – Location, location, location!
These three words are most commonly known in the real estate market, but they should also be prevalent in the pre-existing pet ownership world. Be sure to make ready a place where your pet will sleep and eat in the same location. Not just a mentality of putting their dishes here or placing their bed over there somewhere — put some real thought into it.
Whether they’re a puppy or pushing their senior years, they want familiarity and consistency, they thrive on it, and as parents, you should give it to them. Make sure that you don’t just plop a food dish down or place a bed in an area that you’ll likely move it later. For example, place their water dish in a place that people won’t trip over it and it is close to a water source for cleaning and refilling.
2 – Schedule, schedule, schedule.
Okay, those aren’t words that are commonly seen together in a three-some like “location,” but it’s best to get your new pet on a consistent schedule right away. Once again, like children, pets perform better when they are on a schedule, knowing when they will eat, go outside, when it’s potty-time, all of that. You’ll be happier and they will know what to expect and you’ll likely see less “accidents” and more predictable behavior.
3 – Pet proofing the premises.
Just like baby-proofing your house for the arrival of a new infant, you’ll want to take some safety precautions for the home of your new pet. Think of everything on their level, but it’s more complicated than it may seem. For a puppy, you won’t want to have shoes on the floor of your closet for them to chew on and for a cat, they may be able to jump onto shelves that contain fragile items. Beware of electrical cords and other potential hazards that could shock, choke or possibly kill a small animal.
If you’re also a plant lover, the ASPCA warns us about dozens of plants that can be toxic for dogs and cats. Be sure to check their list and remove these poisons to protect our new pet. Also it is a must to be mindful of all the symptoms and treatments involved with poison if you suspect one of your pets has been effected.
In closing, I’m adopted myself and actually love the fact that I was “chosen” rather than given birth to in the more traditional manner. And I have continued to carry that torch and have my own “chosen” four-legged members of our family. They love us regardless of their origin and all that they really care about is the fact that they are part of our family and they are loved.