bringing home your new pet & general care
bringing home your new pet
When bringing a new pet into any home, it is important to be well prepared with bedding, mats, feeding areas and bowls. If you are planning to use a dog toilet or kitty litter tray, have that ready for when your new pet first enters your home, and start by asking him or her to use it straight away. For more information on toilet training for dogs go to the tips for toilet training dogs section and for more information on toilet training cats go to the tips for kitty litter-tray trouble shooting section.
Pets like to have a quiet space they can call their own, and dogs, especially, like routine so establish the house rules in advance and communicate them clearly from day one. If you’re bringing a new puppy into your home you have to be realistic: it will take some extra effort, it will be messy and you will have to look for every opportunity to train your friend in your house rules. Read books, use the internet, ask questions, be patient and don’t expect everything to be perfect. Be prepared to compromise. There is a range of excellent information on the internet that can help you make the most of your first days and weeks with your new pet.
When pets and people share a smaller, indoor living environment, your approach to the way in which you care for your pet can make a big difference to the way you enjoy life together. Most people regard their pet as part of the family and, like any member of the family, if your pet is to be at its best it needs a healthy diet, access to clean water at all times, some help with grooming and skin care, as well as lots of love and affection.
Pets also require preventative health care measures such as vaccination, regular worming and parasite protection, as well as treatments for fleas and ticks, especially in the warmer months. For advice on general care and any special treatment for your pet, see your vet. As discussed elsewhere, cats are well suited to apartment living, even where there is no outdoor space. Not all dogs need a lot of exercise but all pets need mental stimulation and the chance to stretch their legs once in a while. Toys and interaction with other pets or humans will help prevent boredom, and a daily walk is a great opportunity for dogs and owners to bond and practise important training steps.
Finally, as any apartment owner with pets can tell you, the type of food you feed your pet makes a big difference to its toileting habits. Quality foods with high levels of digestibility will reduce both the odour and size of your pet’s poo and can reduce the number of times your pet toilets during the day. Of course, picking up after your pet is also important in creating a hygenic and pleasant environment for both you and your pet.