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Finding the Right Pet and Giving Them a Home

Posted June 18th, 2018 by daniel

A spirited welcome from a furry friend warms the hearts of dedicated pet owners across the planet, who would find it hard to live without the love and affection they get from their four-legged companions. You are in for a bit of work, though, as taking care of a dog or cat is not all fun and games. That’s why it’s important to choose the right one to adopt and prepare yourself for what’s to come. Here’s a little guidance to get started.

Picking the Right Breed

It’s unfortunate, but there are some animals that are just off limits. That’s especially true if you have an allergy to either dogs or cats, so get tested now before you wind up sniffling and sneezing every time your new buddy comes looking for belly rubs. Other ailments such as asthma mean you may have to find a breed of either dog or cat that produces less dander, which can trigger an allergy attack.

Do you live in a small apartment in the city with limited access to large park? That’s not as big of a barrier to making an animal happy as you think. For the most part, cats are content passing their time indoors, while some dog breeds only need to be brought outside once a day for a bit of exercise and to do their business. Of course, you’ll also want to consider your own needs in choosing your pet, whether it’s a ragdoll to stroke or a Vizsla to jog with.

Adapting Your Home

Your interior may need a bit of a makeover before your new friend arrives, according to the home design gurus at Homedit, though nothing too extensive. As you already know, cats love to climb, and you can help them be themselves by installing specially designed platforms to reach the windowsills and cross-beams where they love to perch. It’s a bold and stylish design made even more elegant by your fancy feline.

As for the dogs, they may appreciate a little space of their own where they can relax and daydream about chasing cars and squirrels. One item they would love is a soft bed for stretching their limbs, complete with some old pillows and a few chewable toys to sink their teeth into. While you’re at the pet shop, don’t forget to pick up a leash, a crate, and even a stroller to keep them cozy.

Getting Them Settled In

Settling in will take some patience, as pets generally aren’t too excited about moving to new places, and rescue dogs require special attention. They often exhibit signs of fear and anxiety due to the hard-knock life they’ve lived in the shelters and on the streets. The key is to plan ahead, say the experts at Dog About Town, with the dog’s own private space ready on arrival. It’s also important to set aside time to play and begin some basic house training.

Cats need a helping hand just getting through the car ride home, which can be a traumatic experience. Be sure to keep them tucked inside their carrier until you’re safely inside, where you can introduce them to their own little nook complete with food, water, and a litter box. It may take a month for them to fully adapt, during which time they shouldn’t be let outside under any circumstances, so the keep the windows closed.

Bonding for the Long Term

It may have been love at first sight for you, but your pet might need a bit of time before it becomes truly yours. You’ll make it easier for both of you by keeping a positive attitude and staying calm rather than pressuring your new friend into an unwanted belly rub or game of fetch. Your dog will also appreciate a regular routine, which means feeding, potty breaks, and walks at the same time every day.

That done, you can now consider the critter a member of your family and take pride in the fact that you’ve given them a wonderful home to live in, love in, and play in. Enjoy your new life together!

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