For many people, being a pet owner is incredibly rewarding, even more so when that pet has been rehomed.
While raising your own little fur baby is great fun, it can also be a challenge and there are certain things you must ensure are in place in your home before adopting one of your own.
Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, which found new loving homes for 5,906 cats and dogs in 2016, shared a few helpful tips to make sure you have everything you need for a new feline friend or canine companion.
1. Food and water bowls
Most animals will prefer to have separate bowls, one for food and one for water.
Cats can be particularly fussy on this and if you’re alternating between wet and dry food, they appreciate having a bowl for wet food and a bowl for dry.
2. Plenty of toys
Both dogs and cats require a few toys for mental and physical stimulation to stop them from getting bored.
For cats, a scratching post can be a particularly good idea.
This will stop them ruining your furniture when they need to exercise their claws.
Cat owners need to have at least one litter tray in the house for their feline.
If you’re adopting a dog, make sure you’ve got plenty of bags to easily clean up after them on walks and to keep your garden clean.
4. Collars and harnesses that fit
If you’re getting a cat that will be spending time outside, make sure you get a quick-release collar.
This means that if their collar gets caught on anything like a branch, it will break open, making sure your moggy doesn’t get stuck or hurt themselves.
5. Grooming products
Regular grooming helps keep your pet clean and healthy and is essential for long-haired breeds.
6. A good bed
For pets, their bed isn’t just a place to sleep, it’s somewhere for them to retreat to in order to hide away from the world.
A soft bed should be placed in a quiet spot in your home. A few blankets won’t go amiss either.
What are your tips for making sure you’re prepared for a new pet? Let us know in the Comments section below.