Pets are a wonderful addition to the home. They can lighten the mood and provide comfort and companionship when you need it most. They shower us with love and affection and ask for nothing in return. As pet owners, it’s our duty to take care of them and give them love and attention in return.
As a new pet owner, you should take the time to learn the ins and outs of caring for your new cat or dog. From day one, you can start to build trust and help them feel comfortable in their new home.
Here are just a few proven ways you can help your new pet become comfortable in their new home.
Four steps to success as a new pet parent
Consult your veterinarian
Before you bring your pet home, ask the breeder or shelter about their personality and health history including vaccination records. Once you bring them home, take your pet to a veterinarian you trust for their first checkup.
Ask them about any questions or concerns you have about your pet’s health, behavior, and what steps you can take to get them started on the right foot. Ask about common questions, obedience classes, and pet health insurance. Get a vaccination schedule and plan for follow-up appointments, especially if you’re bringing home a puppy or kitten.
Your veterinarian has a wealth of knowledge and experience when it comes to pets and can be your go-to contact if you have any questions or concerns.
Help your pet feel at home
Understand your home is new territory for your pet and it is completely natural for them to be scared or quiet for the first few days at home. It is your job to make sure everything is set up to make them comfortable.
You can start by asking your family to treat your new pet with love and affection and to give them space when they need it. Try not to startle or scare the pet while they’re getting adjusted. They will start feeling more comfortable when they feel they are accepted in your home.
Give them their own food and water bowls and a comfortable place to sleep— that will help them feel important and accepted. And if you have other pets in the household, introduce them slowly. Start by allowing them into a room one at a time so they can become familiar with each other’s smell. Allow them to interact for short periods under your supervision and gradually increase the time they are together.
Feed them well
Food is an important factor of your pet’s wellness and will vary by the species or age of your new pet. Make sure the food you choose matches their taste preferences and health requirements.
Ask the shelter or breeder what type of food they were eating before you brought them home, and slowly transition them to the diet you choose. Take extra care to watch for allergies or stomach upset while they adjust to any new diet. Your veterinarian is a great resource during this time.
If your pet shows signs of digestion issues, your veterinarian can help you find food that works well. They have the best knowledge about the types of food that are on the market.
Train your pet from day one
However lovely, cute, or adorable your pet is, you should still set ground rules from day one. After all, they likely have habits that don’t go hand-in-hand with the way you live. Establishing rules early on will help you in the long run.
Start with housetraining and give them a clear place to go to the bathroom. You’ll need to have patience because there might be some accidents in the beginning. You can start rewarding your pet with treats when they do the right thing. This will help them understand that you are happy with their behavior and encourage them to repeat it.
Next is to get active. Leash train your new dog to take them on regular walks or start a playtime routine with your new cat. Show them appropriate ways to expend their energy—which toys are okay to chew on and which furniture is okay to scratch. Consult your veterinarian if you have any concerns about what form of exercise will be the best suited for your pet. Some pets have physical conditions that restrict them from doing some types of activity.
Being a good pet owner is simple—all it takes is time, patience, and an open mind. Show them dedication, patience, and love and there will be a bond between you and your pet even before you know it.
Author Bio: Willie May is a housewife, good mother, pet lover, and a blogger. She has a dog named Auxier and cat named Mimo and loves them very much. She has an aim to help other pet owners by sharing her experiences with her pets and that’s why she opened Best Pets Blog in Feb 2017.