Are you thinking of adopting a pet this holiday season?
Holiday Pet Adoption Tips
The holiday season is upon us and for some this is the time of year that they think about adopting a pet. There are few things I’ve learned over the years to help adding a furry member to your family an easier transition for them and you. The first thing everyone should think about first though is that a pet is not a present, they are an addition for life to your family, they shouldn’t be returned so please explore your options and consider the following before adding a pet to your family.
Here’s our sweet cat Oliver, we adopted him from a rescue society a couple of years ago at Christmas.
- If it’s a dog do you have the time to walk it every day?
- Do you travel and if so do you have someone to take care of your pet while you’re gone, are you willing to pay for boarding if you don’t?
- Can you budget for regular vet check ups and shots and for medical emergencies?
- What is your lifestyle like and what kind of dog most suits it? Read about the different breeds, which ones are more active, which ones need to be around people all the time etc..
- If you want a cat can you live with them scratching your furniture?
If you’ve done your research on breeds, thought about what size and what kind of dog would suit your family and the dog or cat too then I’d like you to think about one more thing. Consider adopting an older pet instead of a puppy or kitten.
There are so many older pets out there in need of a home and many are there because they “grew up” and people didn’t realize the commitment they made. So instead of keeping to that commitment they abandon these poor animals. Adopt don’t shop.
Older pets have so much to offer and generally less work than a puppy or kitten. Are you and your family laid back? Then a senior pet who loves to cuddle, sit by your side and go on leisurely walks is just for you. A new puppy or kitten will have way too much energy.
Want to make a difference and be a part of the solution of finding loving homes for abandoned pets? Check out your local shelters, ask which animal has received the least interest. You’d be surprised to find that these animals are usually amazing but are looked over for a few reasons which make no sense. 1) they’re a black dog or cat, this color of animal gets looked over far more just because of their color not their amazing personalities. 2) older pets get looked over all the time because people are looking for puppies and kittens, but they are usually less work, already house trained and not hyper.
Those are just some of the reasons there are many many more to adopt instead of shop. Something to think about.
Say hello to our dog Luna, she’s a wonderful and loyal dog who has been with us for 10 years! We have one more dog named Little Zeus who has been with us for 7 years.
Those are starting points, there is a lot more to consider but once you’ve done your research and know you want to move forward with a pet then it’s time to think about making the transition to your home as easy as possible for everyone both two and four legged members. The tips below are geared towards cats but most of them can be used for dogs too 🙂
- There’s no place like home: Building a sanctuary will make your new furry friend much more comfortable settling into a new environment. For instance, adding two litter boxes, some food, water, toys and a resting place will make their experience a lot more enjoyable.
- Think tidy: It’s important to keep your cat’s litter boxes well-maintained. This leaves your cat feeling extra clean, and encourages them to continually use it. New Arm & Hammer™ Clump & Seal™ Complete Odour Sealing Cat Litter is specially formulated for a 7-day odour free home. No other litter forms a tight seal around litter and destroys it with unique odour eliminators and Arm & Hammer™ Baking Soda. Your cat will also love the new softer feel! It’s available in two varieties: Fresh Home and Multi-Cat.
- Your new best friend: Well, what are you waiting for? Spend a few hours a day with your cat (especially during the beginning) to give a little bit of reassurance. It may take some time for your cat to warm up to you, but it’ll all be worth it!
- Meeting family: If you already have the fortune of owning a pet, make sure both parties meet with calm and ease. It’s best to let the new one explore your house early on without any interference from others. Your cat will eventually adapt to the scents of others around – and who knows – make another furry friend.
Enjoy your holiday season and if you do adopt a pet or know someone who is going to please feel free to share these tips with them so that it can be an amazing transition and experience for all for the new addition to the family!
What tips do you have for a smooth transition when adding a pet to your family?