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Tips for When You’re Ready for Your First Pet

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Tips for When You’re Ready for Your First Pet

Pets fight depression, boost the immune system, keep you active, and even help you make friends. Not to mention, they’re pretty cute. But is a pet right for you? Adopting a pet is a big decision, so it’s important to plan your pet ownership carefully.

What type of commitment do you want to make? On average, cats live 12-18 years, dogs 8-13 years, birds 5-25 years (with some large parrots living 65 years or more!), and rabbits 7-10 years. Think about your plans over the coming years. If you’re a renter, are growing your family, or plan to travel extensively, factor those plans into your decision-making. Remember that you don’t have to adopt a young animal. Older pets are popular companions for first-time pet owners thanks to prior training and calmer temperaments.

Consider the day-to-day duties of pet ownership as well. The fun stuff—walks, playtime, and training sessions—as well as the not-so-fun stuff—cleaning up after pets, grooming, buying supplies, and scheduling vet appointments. Most types of pets love interacting with you, so it’s important to have time for them! If you have a partner, kids, or roommates, make sure everyone understands the rules and responsibilities before bringing your new pet home.

Different pets bring different things to the table. Dogs are the go-to pet for active owners who love to spend time outside, and they’re equally adored by people who appreciate the mental health benefits of pet ownership. Cats are great companions at home, and some cats can even be trained for outdoor adventures. And according to Scientific American, rabbits are a favorite of introverted animal lovers. Think about what you want out of a pet and what type of activities you enjoy. Don’t forget to consider how much space you have in your home and yard; a smaller pet will be much easier to accommodate in an urban apartment than a large dog!

Once you have your heart set on a type of pet, start saving up! If you adopt a dog or cat from an animal shelter or rescue group, it will probably be spayed or neutered and vaccinated when you get it—that means hundreds of dollars in savings! You may have to pay for booster vaccines soon after adoption. It’s also a good idea to get some pets microchipped.

You’ll need to buy everything for your new pet to be comfortable in your home. For small, caged pets, that means an enclosure with enrichment opportunities and comfortable bedding. Dogs need a crate, toys, leash, and a comfortable dog bed. Large dogs in particular should have high-quality orthopedic dog beds. For cats, add a litter box and a cat tree to serve as a window-front perch. Don’t forget food, treats, and litter or bedding while you’re at the store. If you can, learn what your pet ate pre-adoption and switch to a new food gradually. This advice from Hill’s will guide you through the process.

When you bring your pet home, it’s time to bond and make your pet part of the family. Take it slow at first. Pets easily get overwhelmed in new environments, and too much attention only makes it worse. Give your pet some space for the first few days by setting him up in a quiet room. Gradually increase your interaction, always giving lots of praise and reinforcing the behaviors you want to see.

It’s tough to beat the unconditional love of a pet that’s always happy when you walk in the door. However, it’s important to be ready for the short-term and long-term realities of pet ownership. By ensuring you’re ready for your pet, you’re ensuring years of companionship and joy.

~~Jessica Brody is a dog lover and creator of OurBestFriends.pet. She created the site to offer a place for animal lovers to share their favorite pet photos and stories about their furry pals. Jessica believes dogs are the best creatures on earth. She enjoys writing about and sharing photos of dogs (and other pets!) on her website.

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New Wellness Pages Added

Holy new pages, Cat Woman! I added two pages on this site under the Menu Tab Your Health. Actually, when you click on Your Health, the first article is found there (also Google Adsense may plunk an ad in the middle of this post – just to warn you!):

8 Ways Cats Can Improve Your Health and Wellness

and the second post is:

Allergic to Cats? Possible Ways to Reduce Problems and Still Own a Cat

What do Pet Parents Spend Money on?

What do Pet Bloggers Spend Their Money and Time On?

Pet Bloggers are Pet Parents. If they’re not, that’s a bit strange. That is, unless some recent tragedy happened to their fur baby and they are petless for the time being. And so, pet blogger members of Blogpaws.com (we are members) took a survey. The following is an infographic with the results. 

What do pet parents spend money on?

 

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What do you spend the most money on for your cat?

Do you buy cat products online?

What is your favorite store – online and offline?

Do you regularly visit pet care sites?

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Kitty Holsters Availability Update Thru Cats The Boss

Kitty Holster Cat Harness Update on Availability through Cats The Boss

As of December 4, 2013, Cats The Boss is no longer a dealer for Crazy K Farm , the maker of the famous Kitty Holster®  cat harness.

To be clear – we LOVE the Kitty Holsters!!

But… the steps required to process an order on my end are simply too time-consuming and frustrating  (several emails [the order to Crazy K Farm, two separate emails to the customer]), completing forms, dealing with Paypal 2-3 times for one order, changes to original orders, delays in shipments, etc.). Crazy K Farm does not have an affiliate program, for those wondering, and so it’s not as if the customer clicks a link on my cat site and is sent to the Crazy K Farm website to place their order. The ordering is NOT “automated.” The customer goes through me. I take care of placing the order for them, which includes all the chores mentioned above in parentheses.  What if I want to go on vacation (ha! but you never know!), and someone places an order through me for a Kitty Holster? If I’m not at my handy-dandy computer to check on any possible emails (from Paypal) alerting me to the fact an order was placed, then the customer’s order just sits and sits and sits until I can finally get back to processing their order with Crazy K Farm.

And so, after close to two years, Cats The Boss bids a fond farewell to Crazy K Farm.

If anyone is interested in purchasing one of the awesome Kitty Holsters, please visit Crazy K Farm website!!! Here’s the direct link to the Kitty Holsters

Jessie Cat and I take walks during nice weather and she does superb wearing her tiger stripe harness! We really do enjoy the product 🙂

Kitty Holster Cat Harness

Jessie Cat takes a walk outside in harness.

Kitty Holster Cat Harness
Jessie Cat lounging in her new Kitty Holster

 

Help fund food and care for rescued animals…I did!

First, I have no affiliation with the following site. I don’t get paid anything for posting this info…

TheAnimalRescueSite.com If you happen to need a pair of shoes, shirts, shorts, jewelry, watches, mugs, pet clothing, bags, and so much more, go check out this site. A portion of your purchase goes to feed and care for rescued animals. I think it’s awesome! It even shows like how many cans of food your purchase will pay for. I bought a pair of walking shoes for my treadmill. They are adorable with purple coloring and paw prints splattered all over them!! And they are as comfy as marshmallows! I also bought a shirt that says I Love My Rescued Cat. Many times you can get free or discounted shipping and other specials are offered. And there’s a section for clearance items, too! Here are pictures of the exact items I bought:

There is so much to shop for that I want to go bonkers buying stuff! Anyway, go check it out. If you’re in need of any of offered products, why not buy from them?! I did! TheAnimalRescueSite.com