Getting a pet can be a lot of fun and very rewarding, as they will soon become a member of the family. Pets can also be a lot of work, and different pets (cats, dogs, hamsters, snakes, birds, etc.), will all need different care. Getting a pet is not something to be entered into lightly, so if you do decide to go for it, here are things you’ll need to get to make sure you have what you need to care for your pet properly.
Pet food will soon become a common item in your weekly shop, and it’s a good idea to buy more of it when there’s a special deal or discount available. Remember that not all pets need the same food so check what their requirements will be at the pet store or with your vet before you bring the animal home. Cats and dogs will need a variety of wet and dry food; rodents will want nuts and seeds, as well as fresh fruit and vegetables and reptiles may need different kinds of food altogether (frozen mice anyone?) – so make sure you do your research in advance.
Litter and cleaning supplies
The one thing you don’t want to be caught without is litter or cleaning supplies to make sure your pet and home stay clean. Cat litter, dog waste sacks (or whatever your chosen name for them is!), sawdust/bedding and everything else should be kept in good supply so that you never run out when you need it. If you chose to get a dog, remember that it’s your responsibility to look after it when taking it for walks and make sure that’s something you’re prepared for before you bring pooch home. Reading some tips on picking up dog poo might help or put you off completely!
Just like how you’d keep a medicine box or first aid kit to hand for you and your family, you should also get one for your pet. Dog flea medicine, tranquilisers, creams and dressings are all good to have on hand for things that don’t need vet attention, but remember to call your vet if you suspect that something serious is wrong. You should also be prepared for vet bills when deciding if getting a pet is the right move for you.
Pets need entertaining, and you’ll soon start to realise that you can’t give them as much one-on-one attention as they might want/need. Having a stash of toys around (and some activities if your pets are caged) will help keep them entertained as well as give them a bit of exercise throughout the day. Most pets will often choose a favourite toy, which you should try to clean every now and then to keep them hygienic, especially if you’re going to be picking it up a lot yourself.
There are many things you’ll need to consider before deciding if a pet is right for you or your family, including how to introduce it (think back to when you introduced a new baby to the family for the first time) and make sure that it is properly cared for at all times. If you do decide to go for it, make sure you have everything you need and the latest addition to your family will soon be right at home.