How to Welcome the New Family Pet

Posted on Mar 6 2015 - 1:51am by Johnny B


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Getting a new pet, especially if you’ve never had one before, is a huge event for your household. Of course, it’s a hugely positive event for your family and one that everyone will be looking forward to. There can also be problems though, so be prepared!

You should have everything in order before your pet arrives in the home. Here is a guide to help you get ready for the big day.

Get a Grooming Kit

For dogs, grooming is very important. Combing their coat is a great way of keeping them clean and tidy. But grooming is much more than that too. It’s a way of bonding with your new pet. Remember, they are strangers to you, so it’s vital to build up trust and companionship between you and it. Grooming is the perfect way to do this. Make sure you regularly clips their nails too, especially when they’re young.

Prepare the House

Your house will look like an assault course for a new pet. So, make sure you have prepared it properly before they arrive. Safely store away any valuable ornaments that may be knocked over by a boisterous puppy. As they grow up, you might be able to put the ornaments back.

If you’re getting a cat, you could put a scratching post somewhere in your house. Cats like scratching, and you don’t want them clawing at your nice, new leather sofa, do you?

Do Your Research

Read as many books on your chosen pet as you can. You can never know too much. A lot of the fun of having a dog or cat won’t be found in a book, but they give you a great deal of valuable practical advice. It’s a good idea to do this is you’ve never looked after a pet before. It can be difficult to fully understand the responsibility having a pet brings.

Luxury Items

You’ll want to make your new pet feel at home as soon as they arrive. Pets are as fond of luxury and comfort as we are. Therefore, you should prepare a bed and blankets for them. Websites like provide a lot of choice for those of you looking to splash out.

Set Boundaries

Decide beforehand where your new bed is going to be allowed and where it’s not. It’s good to set boundaries early as it establishes you as the boss, which could be vital further down the line. You could get a stair gate. These are often used for small children to stop them climbing the stairs, but they’re great for pets too.

Pet Insurance

If your pet gets sick or injured, it can be incredibly expensive. Vet’s fees are not cheap, and that’s an understatement. That’s why it is always worth getting pet insurance. Do a lot of research before you commit to a policy though. Have a talk with your vet and see what they recommend. The cost will depend on your pet, but it may be worth it in the long term.