If you’re planning a furry addition to the family (how exciting!) be sure to take a look at our new puppy and kitten checklist for all the essentials you’ll need.
Food and water bowls
Separate food and water bowls are best. Consider stainless steel or hard wearing plastic bowls that can be easily washed.
Initially, stick with the food your pet is already being fed as this will help avoid an upset tummy. If you decide to change brands of food, do so gradually over a 5 to 7 day period. Look for a diet that is complete and balanced for growth.
Like all babies, young pets need lots of rest for healthy brain development. Choose something warm and cosy and consider a washable cover. Find a quiet place where your new petcan rest peacefully.
Puppies and kittens love to play, and by varying their toys you’ll keep them physically and mentally stimulated. Rotate toys regularly, and keep an eye out for any signs of wear or tear. Make sure to replace any damaged toys.
Introduce a collar as soon as possible and choose the right size – two fingers should easily fit underneath it. The collar is likely to need replacing as the puppy or kitten grows.
Depending on your pet’s coat type and length, choose a suitable brush or comb. Be sure to offer lots of praise and treats when getting your new pet used to being groomed, so that they associate it with positive things.
Book an initial health check for your new puppy or kitten. You can then discuss an appropriate healthcare routine and de-sexing.