Christmas seems to be a popular time to become a pet owner. Having a pet means having a companion, a friend to talk to, something to love that will love you back. But it’s also a big decision, so make sure you’re making the right decision by choosing the pet that’s just right for you.
Get a Pet That Matches You
What kind of pet should you get? Answer the question by thinking about who you are and the lifestyle you lead. If you’re a busy professional who is rarely home, a dog that needs to go outside frequently isn’t a very good choice. Do you have small children who might harass a cat, rather than letting it enjoy its solitude?
Think about your personality and lifestyle. Dogs are active and enjoy playing. Cats are affectionate, but only sometimes. Birds don’t need a lot of attention, whereas fish require almost constant care. People with allergies can’t be around dogs or cats, but birds and fish won’t aggravate allergy symptoms. Don’t forget to consider your home environment. For example, if you have limited yard space, a large dog may be unhappy.
Prepare Your Home for a New Pet
If there’s anything dangerous in your home, a pet is sure to find it. Before Santa brings a new pet to be part of your family, you should prepare your home beforehand. Some plants are poisonous to dogs and cats, so remove or move these items so your animal stays safe. Safely put away cleaning solutions and tools that may harm your pet. Remove all toys and knick-knacks that have small pieces your pet can swallow. Plug up any holes in your walls so cats and small dogs can’t get inside, and add pet gates to doorways or stairways where dangers may lurk. You’ll also want to be prepared and have a pet emergency plan in place. This includes keeping pet identification current, staying up to date on vaccines, and designating an emergency contact.
As a pet owner, you’ll also have to clean up after your animal. A high-quality vacuum cleaner can help you rid your home of hair and dander. Make sure to check online for the best options.
Make Sure Your Pet is Happy
You want your pet to feel safe and comfortable in their new environment, particularly if you’re adopting a rescue pet or an older pet. Like people, older pets have more difficulty adjusting to new places. Get ready for your new pet by getting them the items they need and want. Food bowls, collars, ID tags, and toys are essential. Cats also need a litter box for their bathroom business, and it’s a good idea to get training pads for dogs. A simple cardboard box is perfect for cats, who enjoy solitude. Don’t disturb your cat while they’re in this special place, so they feel that they can be safe.
Dogs need a sleeping place of their own, so get a large dog bed for them to sprawl upon. Chew toys are absolutely essential for dogs at any age. Make sure they have plenty of toys to chew on so they won’t chew up your stuff instead.
Forge a Friendship with Your Pet
Start bonding with your pet immediately to get more enjoyment out of owning a pet, and help the animal to become happier in your home. Dogs like affection. Pet them, play with them and hug them frequently to begin building the strong bond you want. Keep your dog close, because that’s where they want to be, and talk to them frequently so they can get to know you. Cats will appreciate you if you play with them, groom them and feed them regularly. The secret to building a strong bond is time. Spend time with your pet, and they will grow to love you.
Enjoy Your Pet
Take the steps to pick the right pet, prepare your home for their arrival and make time to bond with them. In the beginning, you may feel that you’re doing a lot for your new pet. But pretty soon, you’ll realize that they’re bringing you much more love and joy than you ever thought possible, and they’re actually doing a lot for you, too.