An average person can last without food for a month, but what about your new furry friend? They can't survive without food let alone too much food.
Think about your life schedule, does it comply for the needs of someone else in your life?
Whether it is your first, second or third time, becoming a pet parent can be an exciting, yet challenging time. Their is A LOT that must go into the decision before taking that first step.
The first tip, is confirming with your community.
People do care about the kind of pet you own. The weight, breed, noises it may make are all factors that come into play. I have seen adopted animals be returned back to a shelter because their apartment or neighborhood placed certain restrictions on the kind of breed, or animals in general. Therefore, It is important you are aware of the pet policy and inform your neighbors, leasing office, and or landlord about your decision before bringing the animal home. It is for the safety of everyone in the community that the kind of animal you own won't harm or disrupt someone else's home.
Tip 2, find a pet that is best suited for your home.
A breed that requires more space, and a lot of exercise, such as an Australian shepherd is not recommended to live in a small apartment. Even smaller breeds, that carry a lot of energy aren't best in smaller homes either. So how do you know which breed to pick? Animal shelters, have a huge variety of cats and dogs. Check out these surveys to discover what could work for you.
These surveys should give you guidance and a clear idea of what you are looking for, as far as what you want in your future pet.
The American Kennel Club has information on breeds A to Z, it is good way to look into any new animal you are not familiar with. Doing your research on a specific breed helps maintain a healthy pet, while also keeping you educated on how your new pet learns. An apartment complex, will usually provide a list of breeds that work best. They can also give you recommendations on either a breed that is not part of the list or, change a pet fee in order to accommodate you.
Tip 3, Prepare yourself as much as possible.
Dog proof you’re whole house, you never know what to expect. Puppies will get into anything in there way, from socks to last nights dinner. Kittens will enjoy lots of exploring, and playing.
- Baby gates are a good way to close your furry friend off from a specific spot in the house
- Making sure your yard has no holes, or easy get away spots
- As a puppy, a leash or a careful eye is most important.
- Microchip your new friend, and if you are planning on moving be sure to update your information.
- Look into purchasing teething toys, or home made toys.
- For a pet who needs potty training invest into cheaper beds- places like Ross, or Marshall's- Pee pee pads, and a tough cleaning supply.
- For cats, some have a specific litter or way they would like to use the restroom, be open to try new things.