So, you’ve adopted a new furry friend – congratulations! Welcoming a pet into your home is such a beautiful way to share your love. But, are you all set to bring them home?
A lot of prep goes into making a home happy and safe for a new pet. So, make sure that you’re fully prepared. Here’s your shopping check list for bringing home your newly adopted pet:
- Good, Quality Pet Food – To keep your new pet happy and healthy, don’t forget to pick up a bag or cans of quality pet food. But, to transition them out of the shelter mindset, also get a bag of the same food that they were eating at the shelter. This way, you can slowly transition them into feeling comfortable in their new home.
- Food & Water Bowls – Your best bet is to stick to either steel or anti-microbial food and water dishes. This way they can be easily cleaned in your dishwasher.
- Bed – Just as you love to curl up in a nice, comfy bed, so too will your pet. So, get them a pet bed that they’ll love and can relax in.
- Carriers & Crates – These are really helpful when it comes to transporting your pet as well as for house training. Just make sure that you get one that allows your new pet enough room to stand up and move around comfortably.
- Collar with ID Tag – It’s always a safe practice to keep a collar with an ID tag on your dog or cat at all times, just in case they get out or try to run away.
- First Aid Kit– Make sure you have all first aid supplies on-hand in the event of an accident or emergency including emergency veterinary numbers.
- Potty Supplies – If you’re bringing home a new dog, make sure you have plenty of doggie bags for pick-up on those potty breaks. If you’re bringing home a new cat, make sure you get a litter box, kitty litter and a scooper. And, if your new pet is still potty training, grab a bottle of stain and odor remover for any accidents.
- Toys & Treats– Be sure to pick up a couple of fun toys and some different flavors of treats. Not only can you use these to help your new pet adjust and bond with you, but they’re also great incentives for training.
- Grooming Supplies– You’re going to want a pair of pet-friendly nail clippers as well as some pet shampoo and a brush. If you’re not sure what to get (because there is a difference between pet and human shampoos), ask your veterinarian or adoption coordinator for breed appropriate suggestions.
- Containers– A container for your pet’s food and treats may be handy for you as well. It will keep them fresh longer and allow you to better manage storage space.
This shopping check list will help you better prepare for the homecoming of your furry family member, but you should also remember to do a little research on your new pet’s specific needs. Take some time to get to know a little more about them, and soon you’ll be bonding like family in no time! Good luck!