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How to care for a dog

25/5/2022
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There are a number of factors that will influence your dog’s health and wellbeing needs, especially their breed and age. It is therefore important that everything from their nutritional requirements to exercise and grooming, are considered with their particular characteristics in mind. However, there are a number of things that all dogs need to ensure they are healthy and well adjusted members of the family.
Care a dog

There are a number of factors that will influence your dog’s health and wellbeing needs, especially their breed and age. It is therefore important that everything from their nutritional requirements to exercise and grooming, are considered with their particular characteristics in mind. However, there are a number of things that all dogs need to ensure they are healthy and well adjusted members of the family.

Adopting an adult dog
Adopting an adult dog doesn’t have quite the same cute factor that a puppy has, but it can prove to be more manageable. A dog that has been given a second chance often has a boundless capacity to love, and will have already bypassed the acute training stage that can be so challenging in puppies.

 

Bringing your adopted cat home

When you first bring your adopted cat home, try doing the following to allow it to slowly get used to its new family and environment:

  • Start by keeping it in one room, ideally the room in which the litter tray is going to stay, and allow them to explore in a calm and quiet environment
  • Introduce existing pets gradually and after the cat becomes settled into its surroundings. While your cat is settling in you may want to swap toys or items of material between the new and existing pets so they can get used to each others scent
  • Make sure your house is safe by putting away any toxic substances, putting a fire guard in front of any fireplaces and making sure bins and toilets have closed lids
  • Keep your cat indoors for at least the first four weeks to limit the chances of them wandering off
  • Find a reputable veterinary practice and arrange for your new cat to be brought in for a check-up as soon as possible, before introducing to any existing pets, to avoid the possibility of spreading any infections

Where to adopt a cat

There are a number of options available to you when it comes to adopting a cat, including:

  • Friends, neighbours or acquaintances may have litters by accident. In this case they will most likely need to be vaccinated and checked by a vet.
  • Rescue centres: there are rescue centres such as cat protection agencies. Make sure to research your local centres before visiting.
  • Your local vets. It is worth asking your local vet as often unwanted or abandoned cats and kittens are taken there. Otherwise, they can recommend local rescue centres if they are aware of any available kittens.

By researching your decision to adopt a cat carefully you can maximise the chances of having a healthy cat who is happy with you, and you with it.

 

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Sources

1. www.RoyalCanin.com

2. www.RoyalCanin.com