Animal Friends Blog
When you buy or adopt a puppy or kitten each bundle of joy will have their own personalities and create their own kind of mischief, but there are a few things to expect when welcoming a new pet into your family. Even before you bring them home, they are still reaching milestones as they grow.
Here’s what your dog and cat will be getting up to before and after they come and live with you.
Puppies are born blind, deaf and unable to walk. They don’t have any teeth and they are heavily reliant on their mum for warmth, food, and pretty much everything. This neonatal period lasts around 2 weeks and their weight usually doubles in the first week.
A puppy’s eyes will open, and they can start hearing the world around them. It’s a busy period for these pups as they start walking (or stumbling), barking and their milk teeth will start causing havoc as they start to appear. They can even be introduced to some basic potty training!
This is an important socialisation period as they learn to play with their siblings and any humans they might meet. They are nearing the age where they’re ready to leave the nest and find a new family and will be weaned off their mother’s milk and be introduced to solid food.
Training can begin as soon as you bring your new puppy home, and if they haven’t received their first round of vaccinations make sure to book their jabs as soon as possible. Don’t forget about their flea and worming treatments, either. Once they’ve received their vaccinations, you can head out on some short walks and meet other dogs when it’s safe to do so.
Socialisation and training are still important, so keep at it.
Just like their canine counterparts, kittens are born without sight or hearing but they also have no sense of smell. From the day they’re born they will suckle, and did you know a kitten will feed on the same teat throughout the time they are fed by their mum?
The kitten’s milk teeth are now making their way through their gums, their eyes and ears are opening, and they can now start smelling the world around them. They’ll slowly start finding their feet while socialising with their littermates.
The cats will now be introduced to canned food, but they can still nurse for a few weeks after this. This is also an important socialisation period, with new people, pets and environments helping them prepare for the changes ahead of them as they get ready for their new homes.
Your kitten is now ready to come home to you and you’ll need to make sure they’re up to date with their jabs, flea and worming treatments. They’ll be more active than ever, practising their hunting skills on toys and humans, and will now adopt the sleeping patterns of an adult cat.
Then, the real fun begins. You’ll have to train your puppy or kitten so that they can learn how to behave, do tricks, and go to the toilet in the right places. Watching your new cat or dog grow is such a wondrous adventure, and it will have its ups and downs but persevere as the journey is truly magical and you’ll have a best friend for life in your new pet.
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