It doesn’t matter if it’s a puppy, a kitten, or a bunny; a young animal has an abundance of energy.
You hear all too often of people buying an energetic breed of dog, only to regret their decision as
soon as the cute puppy stage begins to end. For all young animals, just like with children, their
excess energy needs to be used to burned off somehow. Otherwise, they can become destructive or
bored. And that’s a sure way to turn your pets into unhappy, unhealthy pets.
If you’ve decided to get a young animal, you must be ready to give it the attention it needs. While
this does not mean taking it to the park every day, it does mean you must be ready to play with your
pet for at least 15 minutes a day. This can be a game of tug-of-war, fetch, or just running around the
house together. Just make sure it’s not you doing all the running!
Before you can bring your new furry friend home, preparations must be made; this means more
than just having the best pet supplies on hand. To help, some of the need-to-know aspects of
owning and caring for a young animal have been listed below.
Register with a vet
Your pet will need to have regular check-ups with a veterinarian. These check-ups will help to ensure that your pet is healthy and that it is growing the way it should be. Just like humans, animals can get sick and a veterinarian can help diagnose that sickness.
As well as check-ups, your pet will need regular shots to ensure they’re protected from diseases. Depending on the type of pet you have, your veterinarian will tell you when to schedule these vaccinations. To provide as much care as you can, ask the vet if they offer any monthly healthcare packages. It might also be wise to mention which pet insurance company you have chosen, or even ask which company the vet would recommend.
Buy the correct food
Buying the right food is the most important part of caring for a new pet. Make sure you are reading the label to find out the right amount of food to give your pet. This will help you to keep your pet healthy and happy.
More often than not, the breeder or pet adoption centre will provide you with information on how many times to feed your pet. It is important you stick to this and make small adjustments as they grow. If you notice that your pet is eating too much or too little, it might be a sign that something is wrong. A vet can help you figure out what's wrong and how to treat it.
Provide time to play
Pet toys are an important way to keep your animal happy. Toys can keep them from getting bored and help them exercise. They also serve as a rewarding way to treat your pet for a job well done. Playing fetch with your dog or cat is a great way to bond with your pet. They’ll love the attention they get from you. If you have children, make sure to supervise them while they’re playing with your new pet.
While a puppy or kitten might be the cutest thing your kid has ever seen, childrens play can be rough. They’re just learning and don't necessarily know how to play properly with a pet. This can cause your pet to fear them, and this may lead them to act aggressive.
Give them alone time
Make sure to provide your pet with some alone time as well. Even though cats and dogs are social animals, they still need time to themselves to recharge. This can be a time when they nap for a few hours or when they get to spend a little time outside their cage. Either way, make sure they have some time to themselves to relax and unwind.
This can also help prevent separation anxiety in some animals.
You may have taken time off from work to get your pet settled in at home, but you will want to prepare them for when you go back. By giving them time to themselves, and even leaving them alone in the house for a short amount of time, your pet will adjust to alone time and begin to learn that you haven’t abandoned them.
Pets need food, water, exercise, and love to be healthy. Without these, they will become unhealthy and unhappy. In order to keep your pet healthy, you must commit to caring for it properly; you must do your research.
Once you have a pet, they become a part of your family, and you should do everything you can to keep them happy.