Before getting a pet, it’s good to do some planning and preparing in advance. First you need to think about what kind of pet you would like. After you’ve done all of your thinking about it and picked out the type of pet, then it’s time to find out how to prepare for your pet’s arrival. It’s best to be prepared first, and then get the pet later.
The first thing is to make sure you can cover all of your pet’s needs. The pet will need a place to sleep, food to eat, a “bathroom”, and maybe some toys. Think about any other needs your pet might have, and then work on fitting it all into your budget.
Of course, you will need to find a reputable veterinarian for the veterinary care. Pets need check-ups, vaccines, and a place to go when sick or injured. We’ll most likely need to get it spayed or neutered, too.
We’re thinking about getting a cat. We’ll first need to get a litter box, food and water bowls, food, toys, a cat bed, a cat carrier, toothbrush and toothpaste, and a collar. I want to have everything bought and set up before we even start looking for our pet cat.
There are optional items that we might want to look into, such as an automatic food dispenser, a self cleaning litter box, or even a toilet training kit (yes, for a cat). I like the idea of potty training the kitty.
We have to discuss and research whether or not to get the cat declawed, and what alternatives are available. Should we try to leash train it? Should we get a male or female? Is a microchip a good idea? Should we get a kitten, or an older cat?
What will we do when we will be away from home – board the cat, or get a cat sitter? I think I’d prefer to get a cat sitter.
How will we train the cat to stay off of places like the kitchen table and counters? I read that cats don’t like the feel of foil, so maybe we can line the kitchen surfaces with foil so the cat decides he or she doesn’t really like to be in the kitchen.
How can we make sure the cat doesn’t try to run outside when the door opens? I definitely want to get information to answer this question!
It’s fun to look forward to cat-shopping, and thinking about a name. I don’t have any preconceived ideas of what I want in a cat, other than wanting a friendly, cuddly one. I am somewhat interested in getting a black cat, though, because I heard they’re not adopted as often as other cats. My daughter saw one last year and really liked it.
It’s time to do some more reading, buying some needed items, and then start looking for our new addition!
You are so right, planning is EVERYTHING when thinking about getting a pet. People don’t always consider the commitment that is involved when taking on the responsibility of an animal, and that is why so many older animals are filling up our shelters and foster homes.
Having a back up plan to care for your pet is also very important, and I love your idea about a pet sitter. I have a close friend that keeps an eye on my cats (by coming to my home to care for them 2-3 times a day) when I am on vacation. Cats do not like to be taken out of their territory, so a sitter is the best way to go. I even have a marvelous vet that comes to my house, just so they don’t get stressed out. 🙂
I am so glad to hear you are thinking of adopting a black cat. As you know, I have a black cat names Roxy, and she is an absolute doll. Just remember what they say about cats. Cats are like potato chips, you can’t have just one.