If you’ve just become a cat or dog owner for the first time, congratulations! Whilst you must be excited and head-over-heels in love right now, you’re probably a bit scared too. There is so much to learn about your new pet, and there are countless resources out there that aim to help new owners.
So, to help you, we’ve collated six of the most useful articles we could find. Hopefully the below will help you with your new pet, whether they’re a puppy or kitten!
Articles for new dog owners
Ten ways to ensure safe encounters between dogs and people
Some dogs love anyone and everyone, but others aren’t so keen on interacting with strangers and children. This can cause conflict, and in some instances, your dog may decide to act aggressively. This article aims to avoid this kind of behaviour from ever occurring, by teaching you how to read your pet’s behaviour and thus what you should say to others who want to stroke or hold your dog.
If you have children or overly-friendly house visitors, this article will definitely come in handy.
Helpful dog training tips
No matter how old your new dog is, it will need training every time it comes into a new home. After all, you are their new pack leader – they will look to you when determining how to behave. If you don’t bother to teach what good behaviour is right from the start, your dog will likely take on the role of pack leader itself, which can be dangerous.
The tips in this article will help you get started with the training process.
Articles for new cat owners
Your essential kitten care plan
Focused on health, this article tells you how to look after your kitten’s health from four weeks, right up until they’re 20 weeks old. It also provides advice on all the health essentials: microchipping, vaccinations and neutering. Your kitten’s health should be of the utmost importance, so you’ll definitely want to bookmark this piece for future reading.
Feline behaviour explained – cat body language
At times, cats seem impossible to understand. One minute, they want their belly rubbed, the next they’ve scratched you and run off. To help avoid these misunderstandings, Cats Protection has created a helpful infographic, which reveals the meanings behind some of your cat’s most common behaviours. The charity has also written a lengthy guide on understanding cat behaviour, if you want to do some further reading on the subject.
How to prevent litter box problems
Unlike dogs, cat often do their business inside the house. However, getting them to do so is not always as easy as just buying a litter box. Cats are pretty fussy – you need the right type of litter, the best type of box and the correct number of boxes. Otherwise, you may find your cat peeing where it shouldn’t be.
There are many reasons why your cat might stop using their litter box. This article will hopefully help you avoid running into any problems.
You, and your pet, have a lot of learn over the next few months, but if you do enough reading and practising, the process should be fairly smooth. Remember that if you do have any serious problems, you should always speak to a vet.