You’ve got the toys and supplies and you and your pet are getting settled into your new life together – but now what?
Your first few days and weeks together will be full of learning and exploring. The quicker your pet can learn the rules of your home and form a routine the better. Here are some tips to help you ease your pet’s transition into their new forever home:
- Be strategic if you have another furry friend at home that requires introducing. Keep your pets separated at first and let them get acquainted with the new smells first.
- Establish a feeding schedule early on. If you work 9-5 on weekdays, try to keep feedings to the same schedule on weekends and days off. Not only will a feeding routine help keep your dog or cat healthy – it will also be easier for you to predict necessary bathroom breaks.
- With a new dog or puppy it is important to try to keep bathroom breaks consistent. If you always go out at 9 p.m. before bed your dog will begin to anticipate this time. Typically, you should let your dog out after meals, first thing in the morning and once before bed.
- Every cat is different – but across the board it can be agreed that proper litterbox maintenance is at the top of their wish list. A cat’s sense of smell is much stronger than a human’s – so if you can smell it, imagine how they feel. Make sure you scoop at least once a day!
- If you want your pet to understand the rules, it’s important that you follow them too. If you’re adamant that your pet won’t be allowed in your bed – you need to stick to it from the beginning. If treats are only to be given in a specific room, well, that’s on you too.
- Now that you’re home – take some time to visit www.24petwatch.com to make sure your pet’s microchip information is accurate.