Animal Friends Blog
Before bringing home a new cat or dog, there are a few essentials to consider and buy. Making sure they’re happy and comfortable in their new home can make those first few months a lot easier for everyone. Here are some of the pet necessities you’ll need before bringing your new addition home:
The right bedding
Your cat or dog will need somewhere to sleep, so buying a bed is a must for your new best friend. It’s a good idea to invest in a bed that’s big enough for them to grow into, or else you might find yourself back at the pet shop in a couple of months to buy a new one.
Blankets can make a great comfy addition to their den, too.
Toys to play with
Buying toys, balls and puzzles can help keep your kitty or pooch stimulated and soothes those teething gums. Be sure to buy the right toys for your pet, and consider the toy’s size, material and purpose before bringing it home for your pet to play with.
Grooming equipment to keep them clean
Just like us humans, our pets need to be washed and groomed, too. The right shampoos. Brushes, combs, toothpaste and toothbrushes are key to start a routine with your pet. Don’t forget that you’ll need to clip your cat or dog’s nails from time to time, too.
The correct food for them to eat
A healthy and balanced diet is just as important for your pet as it is for us humans, so be sure to do some research on the right diet for your pet’s breed, size and age.
You’ll also need food and water bowls for them to eat and drink from.
A collar, lead and harness
If you have a dog, you’ll need to buy a collar, lead and even a harness for your new pooch. For those getting a cat, just the right collar will do. Make sure you purchase a safe collar, and that it will properly fit your pet. A ‘quick release’ collar might be a safer option for cats, as they can easily break free if they were to get trapped or caught in something.
Microchipping and identification
It’s a legal requirement for your dog to wear a collar with your name and address on it, and they must be microchipped but it’s not the same for our feline friends. Adding a telephone number is always a good idea too.
Tags can prove priceless if your cat or dog ever manage to stray or escape as it will have your information on so that you can be reunited.
Other bits and bobs
As your new pet grows, their needs might change and there’ll be bits and bobs you’ll need to buy along the way. Vaccinations, worm and flea treatments and insurance policies are all things to consider before buying or adopting a new pet, too.
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