If you're considering getting your first ever pet and you want to learn how to be the best pet parent possible, you are not short on information! There are so many great online resources that provide lots of information on the realities of owning a pet. In fact, it can sometimes get overwhelming trying to cipher through the endless pages of information. Different animals have different requirements so you need to know what's best for your new pet.
To make your life a little easier, here is a simple breakdown of the key things you need to know as a pet owner.
Different Pets Need Different Food
Many people know that dogs and cats eat different foods. There are whole aisles dedicated to each at most stores. However, certain breeds of dogs and cats might require specific subcategories of food for optimal health, and this can change as they age. Of course, you also have to take into account their preferences. If you're feeding your new pup one particular brand of dog food and they're turning their nose up at it, you might have to try something new!
Luckily, if you're a reptile owner, your pet food is a little less complicated. Unlike with dogs and cats, there are much fewer options when it comes to feeding your scaly friend. Generally, reptiles will eat either live or dead insects and rodents. You can buy live food from any online reptile food store as well as frozen chicks, mice, and rats. Make sure you read up on the proper storage of these foods to minimize health and safety concerns.
You're Going to Have to Rearrange the Furniture
Whether your new friend is a fluffy dog, a cute kitten, or a calm chameleon, it's likely you will have to rearrange some of your furniture to make room for beds or enclosures and feeding bowls. You might also have to clear your floors to ensure nothing gets chewed or wet! Remove any potentially harmful items that your pet could swallow and keep their food in a high cupboard that they can't reach.
Socialisation is Important for All Pets
For many domesticated pets, such as dogs, cats, and rabbits, socialisation is extremely important. Even your reptiles will enjoy spending time with you, even if they're a bit hesitant at first. Allow your pet time to interact with other people and animals. Let them explore the world around them and find their feet (or their paws). Socialisation and exploration are important at any stage of their life, but particular during their early years.
You Might Have to Make Special Travel Arrangements
If you travel regularly, you are probably going to have to make special arrangements for your pets so they can come with you. This might involve getting a larger car to transport your dog around, or finding a pet sitter to look after your reptiles for a few days while you're away if you can't take them with you. If you are traveling with your pet, make sure you check the latest government guidelines.
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