If you’re pondering the thought of adding a new family member to your home, congratulations! This may just be one of the best decisions you make, especially if you’re adopting a dog or cat as a rescue. Not only are you saving a life, but they are sure to bring joy into yours. But with this decision comes responsibility. Here, we’ve outlined the must-have pet supplies for your dogs and cats.
A Dog Is a Man’s Best Friend
There is so much truth behind this statement!
A dog is loyal, obedient, and only wants to love and be loved. Here are a few things you want to be sure you invest in to keep your furry friend happy:
1. A Harness and Leash
First things first, you’re probably planning on taking your pet on walks. Dogs love walks, and it’s good for their health. You want to get them out as much as possible. A leash will make sure you don’t lose your pet or must chase after them. A harness adds that extra comfort, providing them with security. A harness is especially good for those who like to pull on the leash.
2. Flea Treatment
Unfortunately, your dog is bound to fall victim to fleas and ticks. They can sneak into your home at any time. Your furry friend may encounter them outside and accidentally bring them in. Fleas bring pain and discomfort to dogs, so be sure you remove them as soon as possible. There are over the counter treatments you can use like Advocate to rid your dog of fleas. For more serious cases, you can get prescribed medication.
3. Paw and Coat Wipes
It’s not likely that you’ll have time to bathe your dog every day – nor should you! When you don’t have time to give your pet a full bath, grab some wipes made specifically to wipe down their paws and coat. This will leave them smelling and feeling fresh until their next bath!
Now on to Cats…
If you have a cat, you need to prepare yourself for a whole different ballgame! These furry animals all have unique personalities. For the most part, they like to do their own thing and don’t require as much work as dogs do.
You won’t have to walk your cat. However, it’s a good idea to invest in a small fenced area for them where they can go outside and explore. It is possible to put a leash on a cat. However, most cats aren’t too fond of leashes.
Here are a few of our top picks – aside from flea treatment – that we suggest you invest in:
1. Cat Carrier
Cats do not like car rides like dogs do. For this reason, if you need to take them to the vet or bring them home, you need to have a cat crate or carrier to transport them safely and give them a pleasant experience. Be sure to cover the bottom of the carrier with a towel or another soft material.
2. Litter Box
Remember we mentioned that cats don’t enjoy walks like dogs do? Another major difference is that you don’t need to take them outside when it’s time for them to use the bathroom. Instead, you need a litter box that is inexpensive and easy to use. You have several options to choose from including style, open or closed, color, and size.
3. A Cat Condo
Cats love to climb, scratch, and sleep. A cat condo offers all three! There are several different sizes, styles, and colors you can choose from. Your little friend will have a heightened sense of adventure and love their private home.
Whether you’re an experienced pet owner or it’s your first time, these are essential supplies that you’ll need to have on hand for your pet!
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