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Are you thinking about getting your first pet? How exciting! Becoming a first-time pet owner is a thrilling experience, but it can also be a little scary. After all, caring for a pet is a big responsibility. In addition to being prepared for play time with toys like Snuffle Bags and products that encourage nosework and brain stimulation, there are many things you need to do before bringing home your furry friend. You’ll have to make several decisions, like what kind of food to feed your pet and which vet you’re going to take them to. You’ll also need to prepare your home and lifestyle for this change. Chelsy’s Toys explores a few important things you should know before becoming a pet owner!
Pets Have Special Nutritional Needs
Dogs require a variety of essential nutrients to thrive. While commercial dry dog food contains these essential nutrients, many have been lost in the cooking process. Raw food, on the other hand, offers pets the purest form of nutrients, proteins, and flavor. Kibble is also packed with fillers, preservatives, and dyes. Raw food is unprocessed and free from unnecessary and unhealthy ingredients. Consider feeding your pet a raw diet so they get all the nutrients they need to thrive.
Pets Can Take a While to Adapt to a New Home
When you bring home your new pet, be prepared for them to seem a little shy and anxious. Pets can take some time to acclimate to an unfamiliar home. You can support this process by being calm around your new pet. Believe it or not, your pet can pick up on your emotions! If you’re under a lot of pressure at work right now, take steps to relieve stress so you can feel relaxed around your pet. You could even work from home for a few days to ease the tension and give your new pet some company while they adjust!
Owning a Pet Can Be Expensive
It’s important to acknowledge that pets can be expensive. According to MoneyManagement.org, dogs are among the most expensive pets, with rabbits and cats coming in at a close second and third. Be prepared for the cost of food, supplies, toys, training aids, routine check-ups, and vaccinations. Make sure you find a pet that fits your budget! This will allow you to give your pet the high quality of life they deserve. If you’re looking for a low-budget pet, consider getting a fish!
Your Pet Needs to Fit Your Lifestyle
Beyond finding a pet that aligns with your budget, make sure your pet also fits your lifestyle. If you work long hours and dislike spending time outside, it might not be a good idea to get a dog. If, on the other hand, you work from home and want a companion to bring along on daily walks and weekend adventures, a dog could be perfect! Remember to consider energy levels, care requirements, and the size of the pet. Best Friends Animal Society suggests adopting a pet that will fit into your existing lifestyle instead of trying to change your routine to fit your pet.
Your Home Needs to Be Pet-Friendly
Before bringing your pet home, make your home pet-friendly. Play time is always important, if not necessary, so be sure you’re stocked up with a few toys like a spiral tug toy and a frisbee from Chelsy’s Toys.
Moving.com also suggests several steps you can take to keep your pet safe and happy. Make sure your trash cans have lids or are contained in cupboards where your pet can’t reach them. Likewise, move medications, cleaning supplies, and toxic plants, so they’re out of reach. Install secure screens on your windows, especially if you’re getting a cat. Hide electrical cords and secure blind cords out of the way. Also, do yourself a favor and invest in pet-friendly furniture that’s easy to clean and keep hair-free.
Research and planning will go a long way toward ensuring you’re prepared to be the best possible pet owner you can be! Research pet food options, get your home ready, find a pet that fits your lifestyle, and prepare a realistic pet care budget. And remember to keep your stress levels under control so you can help your pet feel calm and safe in their new home!
Thank you Jenna Sherman for being our guest blog writer!