* New Pet Parents - Essentials for First time Fur Baby Owners
The new Cat Parent:
Here’s a checklist for the new Cat Parent. There are a few things that you should buy preparation for your kitty. A good litter box (and litter) is essential. By training your cat to toilet themselves in a secure place you will rest assured that not only will you have a happy cat but also a clean home.
Scratching lounges are also advantageous by preventing boredom, naturally sharpens their talons and prevents furniture from being scratched. The great thing about a corrugated cardboard scratcher & lounge is that they attract cats due to their scent of the outdoors i.e. cardboard comes from trees. So cats are naturally attracted to them. Cats secrete oils from there talons which means that they will go back there time and time again as they have marked their territory. It is often worthwhile to have more than one scratching post for variation. Plus they use these loungers to stretch out and nap on….warm in winter and cool in summer.
Food and water bowls should be the correct size and placed next to each other. It is a good practice to have freshwater nearby especially if you use dried food.
As regards bedding, cats are creatures of habit and if you do not give them their own personal space they will soon choose their own space within your household. Give them a bed which can be perched above the ground is is preferably enclosed or has cushioned walls. Cats do not like sleeping on the ground or in heavy traffic, windy areas. Therefore you need to find space for them to spend the most part of their days resting in a secure place
The new Dog Parent
Adequate food and water bows…the water bowl should be placed near the food bowl especially if you serve dried food.
As regards bedding, dogs are not as fussy as cats as they often sleep anywhere on the floor…however it is a good practice to have 2 beds in different areas of your house so that they can have variety, be close to you and be comfortable.
You will need a good collar & leash which is compatible with the size and weight of your dog…they need plenty of walks….also make sure they have an ID tag…dogs have a tendency to wander.