Having a pet for the first time is both joyous and stressful. While you can automate your home and there’s an app for almost everything, when it comes to caring for your new family member it’s pretty much all hands on deck.

Of course, house-breaking and training them is a completely different subject and there are plenty of books and courses on the subject, but we’re going to share a few tips that can help you with their daily care. Whether you have a new dog, cat, or bird, here’s some advice that you may want to consider. 

Daily Care for Dogs

Adopting a canine pal is extremely rewarding but it also comes with a lot of responsibility. The biggest things to remember are the following:

  1. Give them a protected and clean living environment
  2. Always make sure they have fresh water
  3. Feed them a quality diet and prevent obesity
  4. Give them a chance to exercise daily
  5. Communicate and develop a relationship by petting and spending time with them
  6. Take care of grooming 
  7. Work on training them to follow simple commands
  8. Examine for long toenails, ticks, lumps, or injuries
  9. Follow a good health routine and consider products such as CBD options for pets
  10. Don’t forget dental care!

Feline Daily Care

Cats are notoriously self-sufficient but there are still a few things that new owners should take care of daily. While some may seem like common sense, there are several care tips you should always keep in mind.

  1. Feeding – Be sure to select high-quality food as cheaper options are generally not as nutritional as needed. When it comes to quantity, a good starting point is the feeding guidelines on the side of your cat food bag.
  2. Water – They need between 5 to 10 fluid ounces per day, so make sure they always have a fresh supply.
  3. Litter Box – The box should be scooped daily and the litter replaced entirely as needed.
  4. Scratching – This is a natural part of your cat’s behavior and if you don’t want your furniture clawed up, get a good scratching post.
  5. Grooming – While your cat is naturally great at keeping their coats shiny and sleek by self-grooming, you still need to help. Short-haired cats can be brushed occasionally but if you have a long-haired friend, they should be brushed more often as it helps to decrease shedding and reduce hairballs.

For Your Feathered Friend

  1. You should clean their bowls with soapy water at least once a day and more often when it is hot and humid. 
  2. Provide food daily that is a well-balanced diet that includes pellet feed as well as fresh vegetables, low sugar fruit, and nutritious grains. Be sure to remove fresh items after 2-3 hrs.
  3. As food plus feces results in a bacterial breeding ground, you need to change the tray paper daily.
  4. Observe them for any unusual behavior, signs of injury, or lower activity levels.
  5. Birds like to toss seed and feathers out of the cage, clean up around it every day. You may want to consider a cage seed catcher for a little help.

Whichever type you have, if you truly want a good relationship with your new pet then one of the biggest tips we can share is to make sure you spend time with them. Having a connection can make it a lot easier to train them but it can also help you detect any issues almost immediately. 

Your pet may be an animal but along with their daily requirements, they also have emotional needs. Play fetch with your dog or take them to the park. Get a laser pointer and get your cat running around the room. Let your bird hang out in the living room during movie time.

A new pet is indeed a lot of responsibility but the companionship they provide is indeed worth it. Follow the tips above, watch some professional videos, and enjoy your new friend.