Things to Consider Before Finding a Furry Friend
When we acquire a “new member” of the family—a pet—we often fail to think about what it needs or how to properly care for it. Only later do these issues come up. It is much better if these questions and issues are considered well before there is a problem. That is why we should learn what should be taken into account when obtaining an animal as a pet, and what to watch for when selecting a pet.
So, you decide want a pet. Once you identify an animal that interests you, you should first pay close attention to is physical condition—the animal should look sufficiently plump and joyful. This to some extent is a great measure of its health. If the animal appears sluggish and its eyes are hazy it could very well be sick or suffering from some disease.
The second thing that should be checked, particularly when buying cats, dogs and pygmy rabbits, is whether of not the animal has been vaccinated. It is strongly recommended not to buy an unvaccinated animal. The chances that an unvaccinated animal has a dangerous disease are high. It is also very important to pay attention to how the breeder subsists his animals. Are the animal management facilities clean? What are the animals fed with? Are they properly cared for? Usually when you take up an animal its breeder provides you with detailed instructions on how to care for the animal. The breeder should also include his or her contact information and references so that in case there is any problem you can get a hold of the breeder. So you’ve carefully chosen the animal and brought it home. No what?
By this time, an adequate living space, proper food—including, for cats, a tray—should already be prepared. The animal should feel comfortable and secure from the moment it you bring it home. You should be able to provide everything necessary for the animal to live a normal life.
Of course, for every animal species there are different guidelines and ways to care for an animal. Let’s take a moment to discuss these differences
A puppy needs a resting place which it must come to know as its own from its first day in the house. Bowls of water and food should always be full. While the puppy is young and does its “stuff” in the house, you must find and show the puppy the proper, designated place to do it. It is better to put a newspaper in this spot. A young puppy also needs toys, such as balls or squeakers. The toy should be chosen carefully. It must not be to easy for the puppy to bite through and it must not be too small. There have been many unfortunate instances when a dog has choked on a ball, especially one made of gummy, elastic material that cannot be easily swallowed. To save a dog’s life at this point is very difficult. You don’t want something so tragic to happen to your pet. Latex squeakers are better than rubber ones. They will last longer, and they are much safer if the puppy swallows a piece.
First of all, a cat’s tray is vital. From the kitten’s first day in the house, it must know where its toilet or litter box is. Otherwise, the cat will continue to want to go outside. Actually, a cat does not necessarily need a litter box, but many cats are not reluctant to lie in one. Therefore, it is up to you whether or not your cat will have a litter box. But what is extremely important for all cats is something to sharpen its claws. If you do not provide something for the cat to do this, you will have to say goodbye to your upholstery, skirting and wall paper. And don’t forget the bowls of water and food.
Rabbits, guinea pig and other rodents
The first priority for these animals is a cage. It should be made out of rigid material with steel grate so that your fosterling doesn’t gnaw through the bars and escape. Also, a special water bowl for gnawing animals is required. You can buy such a bowl at any pet store and sometimes the cage will come with a proper bowl. One more thing this type of animal needs is a small bowl for grain and combined fodder—a rather deep bowl to hold the contents and not let it spill out. Rabbits and guinea pigs need a hay rack, and coarse sawdust is sufficient for the animal’s bedding. Small wooden branches are required for rodents to grind down their sharp, cutting teeth.
Everyone must remember that any animal should be taken to a veterinary clinic for scheduled examinations once every six months. Vaccination against various diseases is extremely important.
One more thing to remember: you are responsible for the animal which you bring to your house. You become liable for its health, well-being, quality of life and behavior. Therefore, think very seriously before getting a pet so that you don’t end up trying to figure out how to get rid of it shortly after you bring it home. Any pet will drastically change your every-day life. For example, it will not be so easy as before to
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