Bringing Home a New Pet: What to Expect 

You’ve adopted a new cat or new dog, and you’re in love. All you want to do is spend time snuggling with your furry friend. 

Then, reality hits.

You have to get back to work or leave the house to run errands. You have kids or even other pets.

Truth is, bringing home another companion will require an adjustment period. Fortunately, you can promote a smooth transition with a new pet and build a happy, successful relationship with just a bit of preparation and patience.

Prepare Your Supplies for a New Cat or New Dog

Before you bring home your new family member, make sure that you have all the supplies you’ll need. In addition to food and water (and food and water dishes), you’ll need a collar, identification tags and toys. For dogs, specifically, you’ll also need a leash and perhaps a harness. If you bring home a cat, you’ll need a litter box and litter.

Think about the other essentials too. Dogs feel safe in crates, especially when adapting to new places. Cats might want a secret hiding spot in which they can feel safe until they’re ready to explore the rest of your home.

Ask the shelter or previous owners about the animal’s feeding schedule. You’ll make the transition easier if you stick to the same brand of food and feed your pet at the time that it expects.

Finally, set up an appointment with a veterinarian to examine the animal and get any necessary vaccinations (and be sure you have SPOT Pet Insurance to help cover the cost of vet bills). 

New Home New Dog or Cat? Pet Proof It!

You won’t realize everything that your pet can get into – until you leave the house for the first time.

Then, who knows what you’ll come home to? A pile of destroyed books or shoes. Ripped couch? Unstuffed pillows. Inspect your home from your pet’s perspective, and put away any objects that could be dangerous as best as you can.

Containing your new pet in one area of the house can reduce these issues. You can create a comfy space in the laundry room for a kitten or put up baby gates to keep your new dog in one room.

Potty Training Your Pet

Many cats are litter trained from an early age. Show Fluffy where her new litter box is, and make sure that she can access it at all times. You can also bring her to it periodically to remind her where it is.

Dogs may be a bit more difficult to house train. Depending on the age of the animal, it might need to go outside every hour or two. Taking some time off of work to devote to your new family member can help your pooch feel secure and prevent accidents.

Most importantly, spend as much time as possible giving attention to your new pet. And, remember: When making a new home for a new cat or dog, don’t neglect your other animals or family members. And don’t forget to get SPOT Pet Insurance to protect you and your new companions.

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