Raising your pet

2015-10-06 06:00
Dogs will settle for just about anything, but avoid giving them toys that resemble clothes or shoes.

PHOTO: SUPPLIED Dogs will settle for just about anything, but avoid giving them toys that resemble clothes or shoes.

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DECIDING to get a pet is a big decision. In fact, it can almost be compared to deciding to have a baby. Whether you have decided to get a kitten or puppy, or any other pet for that matter, there are a few things you will need to do in order to ensure that they have the perfect environment to grow up in.

Get on your knees

Get down on your hands and knees, and take a crawl around your house. This is what your environment looks like from your pet’s perspective.

If you see anything that looks like it would be interesting (or tasty) to your curious pet, move it to a higher location.

You can find out which plants are toxic to animals at www.aspca.org

Cords, drapes and blinds

Animals have a thing about electrical cords. Whether they are simply playing with them or chewing them, they can cause some damage. If you happen to have exposed cords, try taping them along the wall near the skirting board. If you can’t do this, simply tuck them under the carpets in the room. If your pets can’t see them, they are less likely to try and destroy them. Kittens, and some puppies, have a tendency to tug on things that hang above their noses. If you have ropes or strings hanging from your blinds, it would be a good idea to roll them up and tuck them out of reach. To stop your new pet chewing on the corners of your furniture, simply buy some bitter solution (bitter apple spray) and apply it to the surfaces.

Screen the windows

If you have adopted a kitten and do not live on the ground level, it is important to put screens across the windows and any doors you keep open during the day.

These screens are designed to fit across the window and prevent your kitten from falling or jumping.

Restrict access

Once you have acquired your little bundle of fur, you should consider where you want it to go. Close the doors of rooms — you don’t want your pet visiting without supervision, as a puppy running away with the toilet roll can lose its cute factor very fast.

Toy time

There are a number of things you can get your pets to entertain them. Rubber balls, squeaky toys and things to chew on. The thing to remember with cats is that they also like to chew. When you buy cat toys, try to avoid toys that have things that can be pulled off, as this can become dangerous if your kitten swallows it.

Dogs will settle for just about anything, but avoid giving them toys that resemble clothes or shoes, as they will not understand if you reprimand them for mistaking your brand new pair of boots for a chew toy.

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