Guest post courtesy of Jessica Sweet. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the guest author and do not necessarily represent the views of Val Heart & Heart Communication Enterprises Inc.
Don’t forget these five pet essentials when you welcome a new furry friend into your life!
It is always a tremendously exciting moment when you know that you are going to be bringing a new pet home.
This is something that will change your life for the better.
You are adding a new member to your family, and if you have children, then you know how special this will be for them.
We saw a lot of people giving up their pets last year, that is so sad.
Remember that adopting a pet is for life, it’s a big responsibility and shouldn’t be entered into lightly.
There are things you need to think about beyond the lifetime commitment.
It is important to remember that you need to pick up plenty of essentials before you can settle your new pet in.
Here are the most important things that you need to invest in to ensure their (and your) happiness, health and well-being.
A Good Bed
Even if you are hoping that your new pet will be sleeping on your bed before too long, a nice soft pet bed is crucial.
Remember that your new arrival will need to have their space, and their bed is the cornerstone of that.
You should also get them a few blankets that are clearly theirs.
The Right Pet Food
When it comes to food, there are always going to be myths about what animals prefer.
The cliché is that dogs will eat whatever they are given and that cats are incredibly fussy and will turn their nose up at almost anything.
The most important thing to remember is that the right or wrong food choice can have an impact on your pet’s health.
You may also want to do your research on where the food has been sourced.
Reveal Pet Food gives cats what they need with responsibly sourced, tasty ingredients loaded with protein.
For Kitty, a Proper Litter Tray (box) And Plenty Of Good Quality Litter
Finding the right place to put the litter tray is just as important as finding the right tray itself.
Do your research on the right size for the animal you are adopting (for example, cats often need trays with tall sides as they will kick to cover their messes).
Finding the right pet litter may be a bit more of a process.
Recycled wood pellets are a good place to start.
Otherwise, you can think about the finer, gravel-type options. But beware the fine dust in the clumping versions because they will inhale it when they scratch around in there, and ingest it when they lick it off their fur.
Imagine it clumping inside their nostrils, mouth, throat, lungs, and gut? That’s not good and can cause all sorts of health and respiratory problems.
This is another area where there may be a little bit of trial and error.
Dogs may be less fussy, but it is a good idea to make sure that you are consistent with their food bowls as this will help enforce a routine and help with reward training.
Cats can be a lot pickier.
Some prefer an elevated feeding area, whereas others prefer a flat dish close to the ground (particularly if they have long, sensitive whiskers).
Stainless steel or ceramic lead free bowls are much better than plastic, as they can be cleaned properly.
Plastic food and water bowels can leach chemicals into the food, and it harbors bacteria and fungus, not recommended as part of your cats daily nutrition I assure you.
Lots Of Toys
Another item on the list of pet essentials is toys.
One of the most important things to remember is that a bored animal is not a happy animal.
Make sure that you have plenty of toys ready to go and have a wide range of different options.
Different animals and breeds will have varying needs when it comes to playtime.
For example, dogs will need toys that are stimulating and durable enough for their teeth.
Experiment with different options to try and get a feel for the kind of toys your new pet loves.
They will let you know what they are enjoying.
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