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10 things you'll need for your new dog or cat

Welcoming a furry friend into your home is an exciting new step, but there are a few key things that you'll need for your new dog or cat to make them comfortable and your home more functional. For National Pet Adoption Month, we share the essentials for your new dog or cat to show them that you love them just as much as they're sure to love you.

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Essentials for your new dog

  1. Little puppies are full of energy and get excited by everything, so make sure you equip them with a brightly coloured collar and leash so that they can be easily recognised at the park, and can't run out into the road. Don't forget the waste bags too for picking up after them on your walks!
  2. If you're getting a dog that hasn't as yet been house-trained, it's worth grabbing some toilet training pads to get you started and to protect your floors and carpet. 
  3. Every dog is different, so make sure to get a shampoo and conditioner that works best for their skin and fur type, and that keeps them smelling clean and fresh. 
  4. It's important to brush out knots and clip away any matting to keep coats shiny and tidy. 
  5. For a little extra something, spritz them with dog cologne to make them feel a million dollars.
  6. Make sure your new dog has always got enough to eat and drink with fun printed food and water bowls.
  7. Manage portion sizes for the over-zealous eater with automated or slow feeders.
  8. Keep any unwanted critters away with elevated bowl stands and food storage containers.
  9. Make sure your new best friend has got a comfy dog bed to lay their head on at night.
  10. Load them up with a mix of soft and chewy dog toys to get them through the teething stage.

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Essentials for your new cat

  1. Make sure they have a collar with a bell so you can easily find them when they play hide and seek, and to avoid sneaky surprises when they return from their hunting trips.
  2. You'll want a carrier so you can easily take them to their vet appointments. 
  3. Cats are a bit more intuitive when it comes to toilet training, but they still need a litter box if they're an indoor pet.
  4. Make sure to keep stain and odour cleaner nearby in case of accidents. 
  5. Keep your cat entertained with a cat post or scratching tree to avoid your feline friend exercising their claws on your sofa.
  6. Keep them agile and get out some of that excess energy with stimulating toys.
  7. If their claws are getting too out of hand, a pair of nail trimmers could be what you need.
  8. They'll need to refuel after their midnight zoomies so have their food and water bowls in an easy-to-find spot so they can help themselves. 
  9. Cats are very independent, so be sure to install a cat door so they can come and go freely.
  10. That doesn't mean they won't want to cuddle up after a long day though, so give them a soft spot to lay down with a cat bed.

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Adopt a pet today

If you've been wanting to add some furry light to your life, find your potential new best friend through national animal welfare charity Pet Rescue. Search for dogs, cats, as well as rabbits and guinea pigs, and help re-home a rescue pet today.
Bridgette Sulicich 11 March, 2022

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