Puppies and kittens are some of the most adorable creatures in the world. When these little ones join your family, you may want to cuddle them all the time. However, there is a lot you may need to know before welcoming these furry friends home. Here is a checklist.
Before getting your pet home, you will need to take care of any electrical cords lying around. Take care of your tech and appliances by keeping them high up, out of the reach of the new addition. You will also need to pack your children’s toys and special or breakable items. It will limit damage and conflicts between the family and the new pet.
Walk around your house, room by room, and think through anything you will need to pet-proof. After proofing, walk around the new space to confirm all is well. In many ways, bringing a puppy or kitten home is like bringing in a toddler. They’re free to explore and play with anything they find.
The space will be their little corner where they can retreat at the end of the day. They can also go there when they need to self-regulate. The first few days may be overwhelming, so it will be nice to have this space where they can go when they are sleepy or feeling unsure. It also creates healthy boundaries.
Keep the basket and a warm blanket in one spot; do not move them around the house. It helps your pet understand their boundaries and have their own space. Keep their water bowls and food in this space. Avoid worrying if they cry at night. It is normal, and they will grow out of it.
Puppies and kittens love toys and treats. They help ease their chewing obsession and may save your furniture. They are also essential for their dental health. As your pet ages, invest in more toys and treats that will improve their nutrition and help with mental stimulation.
These start from the first day. Teach them where they can relieve themselves. Before getting into the house, take your pet to where you would like them to go potty. You can use a phrase like go potty. In time, they understand what it means. Give them 10 to 15 minutes, take them into the house, then take them to the same spot again.
Use the phrase again, and wait for another 10 to 15 minutes. They will catch up with time. For kittens, ensure you put the litter tray in a private place.
All these are important for your pet. It will teach boundaries and discipline. It will also help them make friends. However, avoid taking your puppy to the park until they have all their vaccinations.
Find a vet in your area whom you are comfortable with and schedule an appointment as soon as possible. They will advise you on which vaccinations your pet needs, nutrition, deworming, and microchipping. Keep up with their vaccinations to avoid fatal diseases.
For more information on puppies and kittens, visit Country Veterinary Clinic, Inc. at our Live Oak, California office. Call (530) 491-4500 to schedule an appointment today.