How to take care of a pet

Caring for a pet is a grateful business, which can also be hard work. But if you first prepare well for the appearance of a pet, gather all the necessary information for this, and then wholeheartedly love your new friend without any conditions, taking care of him will not seem like an overwhelming task. Read the recommendations of this article on how to successfully keep any pet in the family.

Prepare for the pet


Find out if you are able to provide your pet with proper care. Despite the fact that pets in the house are an additional source of love, it is not always easy to care for them. All pets, in addition to meeting the special needs of a particular type of animal, need to spend time, spend money on them and give their love. You must be sure that the desire to have a pet is not a momentary whim, but a carefully thought out and balanced decision.

  • Most pets need attention and care during the day, so make sure you have enough time to take care of the pet.
  • If you have children, think about such pets that are suitable for children. For example, hamsters and fish can become excellent initial pets.
  • If you are planning to move or major changes in lifestyle, do not worry about your pet until your life becomes more stable.

Choose a pet that will fit your lifestyle. Even different breeds of dogs have their own special needs, so pick yourself a pet that suits your lifestyle. Before you buy a pet, carefully study the behavior and needs of those animals that you like. Do not dwell in this decision on one type or breed, be open to the study of information, because it can bring you happy surprises and give the most suitable pet for your family. Keep in mind general information about various types of pets.

  • Dogs. Despite the fact that dogs vary greatly in breed, they all require a lot of attention, physical activity and a lot of space.
  • Cats. Cats, as intelligent and independent animals, feel great with less attention; however, they also need the love and care that protect pets from unwanted behavior.
  • Hamsters, gerbils and other rodents. Economically financially and short-lived rodents are excellent first pets for children. However, they often become a source of unpleasant odors.
  • Fishes. Fish for their well-being need careful monitoring of conditions of detention, in addition, they can not cuddle. Think of the aquarium as a home analogue of the garden.
  • Lizards.Lizards are usually quite happy on their own, and easy to care for, but they will not give you appreciation. In addition, it is quite difficult to identify any disease in them.
  • Birds. From birds there is an incredibly much litter, in addition, they often behave quite noisy. They can also have an individual temperament, and it can be expensive to maintain them, especially large parrots.

Be careful when choosing a pet breed, especially if you have children. It is a mistake to simply decide that you only want a dog (or any other pet) and buy an animal without taking into account the needs and characteristics of a particular breed.

  • Some breeds of dogs belong to Shepherd Dogs, which are well suited for one owner, but some of them (for example, Border Collie) have a shepherd instinct in the blood. This means that if the child moves too far away from his flock, the collie will try to get him back. And how do they do it with sheep? They bite them. This can cause serious injury to a child. That is why it is very important to carefully study the behavior of each breed separately.
  • It is important that the pet lived in complete safety in comfortable conditions for itself and was provided with everything it needs. Some animals adapt very easily, for example, cats, and can live very well in a wide variety of conditions, ranging from the village environment to city apartments, while other pets may have more specific needs. For example, horses require extensive pastures and safe shelter.
  • Animals that run freely around the house outside of aquariums or cages need their own place to sleep away from busy places at home, where they can lie down and nobody can disturb them, for example, in the corner of the room. If it is a cat that will remain locked up at home, it is also very important to provide it with a toilet tray.

Really appreciate the possibilities of your budget and your ability to take responsibility for caring for your pet. The maintenance of some pets costs much more than others. Be honest with yourself if you can afford a pet, if you have time, if you can take care of it responsibly and properly.

  • The cost of a pet also includes the initial expenses for its arrangement in your home. Depending on the particular type of animal, you will most likely need a cage, aquarium or leash.
  • Do not forget about the fixed costs of pet care. You must consider the need to regularly purchase food and preventive veterinary care (vaccination), and not just emergency calls to the vet. It is important to monitor the state of health of the pet, but sometimes it can be quite an expensive task.

Prepare the house for the appearance of a pet. Curious, forever hungry and do not understand your warnings pets can get into trouble if you do not create barriers for them or safe zones. Birds can fly away through open windows, lizards can run around the house, and dogs and cats can slip out onto the street. Pay special attention to the holes and slots that a pet can sneak into and escape. Also keep food out of reach for pets.

  • Remove any dangerous items, including knives and products that are potentially dangerous to pets.
  • If you want your pet to be able to run in the yard, think about installing a secure fence.
  • Select one room that can be considered the "bedroom" of your pet.
  • Get ready to take your pet home during a relatively quiet period of your life, so that all your family members do not cause the animal too much stress as it gets used to you.

Get all the pet accessories you need in advance. Talk to the pet shop or animal shelter workers about what you need (perhaps a cage, toys, grooming products, and so on) and buy everything you need before your pet arrives at your home. Teach family members how to use all of this so that they all know.

  • If you have small children, you can help them prepare for the care of their pet by asking them to first “feed” the doll or regularly water the indoor plants.

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