Looking for the best dog to rescue or cat to adopt ? Or you are waiting for your beloved pet to be brought home from the breeder. Either way, it’s time to shop so your new pet has everything they need from day one.
When you are a first-time pet parent, it can be overwhelming. But by being prepared for all of your pet’s needs, you can focus on acclimating to the new environment and beginning training. In this article, we’ll walk you through the basic supplies you’ll need for your new dog or cat.
1. Food for a new dog or cat
f possible, find out what brand your new pet ate before adopting and buy the same. If you cannot find out what food your pet ate, we recommend that you purchase quality food that is appropriate for your pet’s life stage.
For example, if you are buying a newborn puppy or kitten, you will want a puppy or kitten food. Keep in mind that new pets can also have food allergies and need a different type of food.
2. Bowls for water and food
Pet food and water bowls can be as simple as two stainless steel or ceramic bowls. But if you’re looking for something more comprehensive, you’re sure to find it.
Pet stores offer everything from raised bowls to bowls of filtered water. and of course, you can always personalize the water and food bowls with your pet’s name.
3. Leash and collar
Like the water and food bowls, the leashes and collars can also be customized and are available in many variations. There are retractable leashes, leashes with poop bag dispensers, leashes with padded handles, reflective collars, and LED collars.
Find the right one for your pet and don’t feel guilty about running out of leads. Different lanyards can serve different purposes and it’s always a good idea to have an extra lanyard on hand. Gliding leashes are ideal for this as they can be easily slipped over your pet’s head if a collar is not available. It’s a great backup.
When it comes to necklaces, the choice is endless. Again, it depends on what works best for you and your pet’s needs.
Remember that with cat collars, a detachable collar is best in case the collar gets caught while climbing.
4. Animal Identification and Microchipping
These may seem like things that can be moved and healed at any time, but they are not. According to American Humane, nearly 10 million animals are killed each year1.
Don’t forget to update your pet ID if your contact information changes. Even if the shelter or breeder your pet comes from hasn’t microchipped your dog or cat, you should ask your veterinarian about it.
You never know when an accident or emergency will happen and you want to protect your new pet right away.
5. Pet First Aid Kit
You can buy a ready-made set for your pet or make it yourself. In any case, a good first-aid kit should contain at least the following items:
- sterile swabs
- Self-Adhesive Faucet
- Antiseptic Wipes
- antibiotic ointment
- cotton balls
- hydrogen peroxide
- digital thermometer
6. Bed for a pet
Your pet’s kennel is their safe place to rest and sleep.It should be comfortable, supportive, and stretchy.
You’ll likely go through several beds in your pet’s life, and as your dog gets older, the bed should provide some much-needed cushioning for their joints.