Buying or adopting a new pet is never something that should be done on a whim. Whether you’re thinking of a puppy or a parrot, every animal needs a lot of care, attention and preparation. So what do you need to consider before undertaking the responsibility? Well, here’s our small guide on how to prepare for a pet and what you need to consider…
With a great pet comes great responsibility. It’s easy to say but a lot harder to cope with in practice which is why so many dogs and cats end up needing rehoming, perhaps because the owner finds they can’t give them the attention they require. Make sure your family establishes some ground rules from the start – who is going to be responsible for feeding and walking the new puppy, or cleaning out the hamster cage on a weekly basis? If everyone knows how and when they should pitch in, the chances of your family not being completely overwhelmed should decrease dramatically. For a helping hand, this Pets at home voucher code can save you up to 30% off selected items to help your pet get settled.
Stock Up on Pet Food
It’s important to do you research and make sure your new animal is getting what it needs. Puppies have special nutritional requirements, but you should also make sure you know what they’ve been eating before you take them home too – any sudden changes to their diet might cause stomach upset, so if you want to switch brands or types of food, do this gradually. For smaller pets, stock up on food and treats so there’s no chance of you running out at short notice – if you haven’t got a pet shop nearby, it might take a few days for more food to arrive via an online order. This Medic Animal discount voucher gets you access to some excellent pet food deals, including 30% off a selection of Eukanuba cat food and 10% off Royal Canin.
Remember all the Little Extras
All pets, especially puppies, need to be kept amused – when boredom sets in, your furniture could well bear the brunt. Make sure you have enough dogs chews, cat scratching posts (even more important if you plan on keeping an indoor cat) and play items for smaller pets, such as hamster wheels. This Pets Pyjamas UK coupon code gets you 15% off your first order, including dog coats, toys and leads.
Stock Up On Vets and Medication
Don’t leave it until they get ill to register your pet with your local veterinary practice and make sure your puppy or kitten is up to date with all their injections. You will also need to be well-stocked with adequate worming tablets and flea protection. This Zooplus.co.uk discount code saves you 5% on all purchases, perfect for buying in advance or as and when you need.
Preparing for a pet certainly isn’t cheap, but when you plan in advance, you can increase your chances of successful pet ownership. Use our money saving app to help with any ongoing expenses – it can tell you whether we have an offer for which ever site you happen to be on, so start browsing for those pet essentials that won’t break the bank.
By Anna Scott, 10th February 2014