Welcoming your first pet to the family

Welcoming your first pet to the family

Owning a pet is a lovely experience – whatever your age. It is also a fantastic opportunity to teach younger members of the family more about the responsibilities when caring for another living being. But before you decide to take the leap and get your first pet, it’s important to make sure the whole family is ready for the commitment. Start by asking yourself: Can you afford it? Do you have time and space in your life for a pet? Is anyone in your family allergic to pets? Are you prepared to clean up after him? And who will look after your pet when you go on holiday?


But before you decide to take the leap and get your first pet, it’s important to make sure the whole family is ready for the commitment.  Start by asking yourself:  Can you afford it? Do you have time and space in your life for a pet? Is anyone in your family allergic to pets? Are you prepared to clean up after him? And who will look after your pet when you go on holiday?

Pet preparation

Once you’ve answered all these questions and are confident that you’re ready for a pet, it’s time to start preparing. First, you need to choose the type of pet that will suit your family best. Some pets need more interaction than others – so think about how much time you have for feeding, cleaning, exercising and emotional commitment. Dogs and cats, for example, need a lot more attention than fish or canaries.

Creating their space
Next up, is deciding where your pet will sleep and eat. This should preferably be somewhere quiet. If you’ve decided to get a puppy or kitten, you’ll also need to find a spot for toilet training. When it comes to feeding, you’ll have to stock up on the right type of food to make sure your pet grows and thrives. Portion control is vital and remember to add a few treats to your pet food shopping list to dish out during training. 

Getting their exercise
Cats will keep active if they can get in and out through their cat flap, but dogs demand a lot more commitment. They need to get outside for exercise – whether it’s hours of play in the garden or a long walk in your local park.

Keeping them healthy
All pets rely on their owners to look after their health. This means taking your pet for regular check ups and recognising when your pet is unwell. It’s useful to buy a general guide on looking after your specific pet – this will tell you more about their most common health problems.

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Deciding to become a pet owner is a big step, but once you’ve brought your pet home and start bonding, you’ll never look back. 

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