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Thinking Of Getting A New Cat Or Dog? Here’s What You Need To Get Started
If you’re thinking of taking on a new pet, whether it’s a cat or a dog, then take a look at the following post.
We’re going to be covering everything you need to know from what nutritional needs they have, to what insurance you will need to help cover the costs of vet bills.
Feeding Your Pet And Their Nutritional Needs
The nutrition needs of your pet and the best food to choose for them can depend on their individual needs.
For example, some dogs and cats can react differently to the same food, and some enjoy a certain type of food over others.
They could also have different digestive reactions to different types and brands of food.
Cats, in particular, can be picky when it comes to what types of food they will eat, so it could take trying a few different brands before you find one they enjoy.
In terms of their nutritional needs, cats need a diet high in protein, with added nutrients such as vitamins A, E, D, and K and thiamine and riboflavin.
For dogs, you need to make sure their food has added nutrition such as folic acid, vitamin D and A, and thiamine.
The range of options from Encore provide the nutritional needs your dog or cat will need, as well as being delicious.
Be aware that the majority of commercial pet foods have harmful ingredients in them you’ll want to avoid entirely if you want your new pet to enjoy a long and happy, healthy life.
Petsumer Reports offers independent research on many different commercial pet foods and treats, and is well worth getting.
Training Your Pet
When it comes to the training your pet will need, this can vary widely from cats to dogs.
Dogs tend to be a lot more demanding in terms of their need for training, whereas the training process with cats is relatively simple.
Aside from guiding your cat into using their litter tray (which they might naturally know to do anyway), they won’t require much training. Many kitty parents don’t bother with training beyond that.
However, cats can be trained to do many fun things so if you’re inclined, you can teach them games (which they love) and to stay away from climbing the curtains and using your sofa as a scratching post.
Dogs will need to be toilet trained, taught how to behave while on a walk, how to behave around food, and how to behave around people and in various situations so they are safe and act properly.
The training your dog will require will, of course, depend on their individual temperament. For example, some dogs may require more work on their recall, or to stop them from pulling on their leash.
Other dogs might have issues with being dominant, which is something that they should be trained on to avoid aggressive behaviour towards other dogs and humans.
How To Keep Your Pet Safe
One of the most important aspects of taking on a new pet is knowing how to keep them safe.
Training them properly and managing their environment so they don’t have access to things that can harm them, it’s important that they be properly identified if something unforeseen happens.
You need to make sure they are wearing a collar with an identification tag, as well as being microchipped.
If you change your address or contact details, these need to be updated in the system.
Even if your cat lives inside, they could still escape so it’s best to fit them with a collar or microchip just to be safe.
Taking Out Insurance For Your Pet
Vet bills can be expensive so it’s a good idea to take out insurance when you take on a new pet.
The cost of your pet insurance will vary depending on the type of coverage you want as well as the age of your pet and any pre-existing health conditions they have.
You can either pay for your insurance in full for the year or pay it monthly.
Insurance can make the difference between being able to save your pets life and not break your checkbook, or having to put them down because you cannot afford the bills.
Ultimately, the premiums are small compared to the costs of surgery, accidents, or an illness.
Would it be helpful to be able to have a conversation with your new pet to get to know them better?
Are you interested in learning how to communicate with your new dog or cat?
Then you’ll want to check out The Heart School of Animal Communication.
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If you are a newbie, then we highly recommend starting with the Beginning Core Foundations Course.
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