Before you bring your new addition home to meet all the family and see where it is going to spend the rest of its life, it is important to make sure that everything is prepared and ready. Your new little bundle is going to be very stressed; it is going to be taken away from its mum and any other of its littermates, there will be strange smells, and it may all be very overwhelming. So be prepared for little accidents and make sure that there is somewhere quiet for your little bundle to settle in in its own time.
Register with a vet and get insurances
When you are in the process of getting a new pet, it is important that you get a fully qualified vet to check over your new addition to assess its health, sex and give it any injections that it may need. They will also be able to any advice on your new pet’s diet and lifestyle needs, as well as be able to inform you of any health packages or insurances that may be of benefit to you.
Make sure to have your vet’s contact details logged in on your cell phone so that you always have them to hand should you require them in a hurry. It is important to register with a local vet, so if you live in Phoenix, look to register with reputable vets in Phoenix.
Having the correct insurance is also very important. You never know what is around the corner and having peace of mind should your new furry friend need treatment or emergency surgery that the bill is either totally covered or that the majority of the fees are covered can make a very stressful and anxious time seem a little less so. Then your focus can be totally on your little friend getting better and recovering fully from their ordeal.
Making sure that you have the right amount of room
It is important that you ensure that you have the correct amount of room that your new arrival will need while they are growing and throughout their lives. For instance, if you are living in a bedsit, probably getting a Great Dane or German Mastiff is not a good idea, whereas maybe a hamster is.
It is not all about the exercise but whereabouts your new little friend will live and spend the majority of their time without taking over your bed or your couch, which they will, given half the chance. Sort them out with a designated place for their water and food bowls, an area for their bed and their toys, which you may find will end up littering your floors and staircase.
Ensure that there is enough cupboard room for dried foods, and if you are thinking of feeding raw foods, you may want to check for space in your fridge and freezer.
Preparing other members of your household
If you have children, you may find it beneficial that you start coaching them early on before your little bundle actually joins your family on how they should react and treat your new addition when it arrives. Most baby animals will see children as littermates and will learn bad habits very easily from them, such as being fed when they shouldn’t be, or stealing food from them, and seeing children’s toys as their own.
Young children, in particular, like to play ‘postman’, and there really is nothing more satisfying than posting food to a little animal that eats everything you give it. Ensure your children are educated on what is ok for your new arrival to eat and what is not. Feeding from the dinner table or from dinner plates or the licking of sticky little fingers are very hard habits to break once they have been formed.