Tips for Kitten and Puppy Care
Puppies and kittens make adorable additions to a family, but they also require some work and preparation. If you’ve recently adopted a pet or are getting ready to do so, these puppy and kitten care tips from our team at PetVet – your vet in Steinbach – can help make the transition a bit smoother.
Puppies and kittens require a few items that you probably don’t have lying around your home. It’s usually best to have these on hand before bringing your new pet home, but if that’s not possible, make a trip to the store as soon as possible. Make a list before you head out so you don’t forget any of the following items:
- Pet bed, unless you want them to sleep in your bed or on your couch
- Water and food bowls
- Nutritious pet food suitable for their age
- Age-appropriate toys
- Collar and leash
- Cat carrier or puppy crate (if you plan to crate train)
- Litter box and litter if you’re bringing home a kitten
- Grooming kit and pet shampoo
- Scratching pad or post for your kitten (to minimize the chance of destroyed furniture)
Prepare Your Home
Like babies, puppies and kittens can get into anything when they’re roaming. You should take the time to assess your home – preferably on all fours – to find anything that could be dangerous. This includes cleaning supplies, cords that can be chewed on, and small objects they can swallow. Now is also a good time to determine where you will keep all of your pet’s items. You want your pet to know where the litter box and their food and water are, so pick a spot you will be happy with now.
Prepare Your Schedule
You’re going to be managing many bathroom duties – especially in the beginning. This includes walks and cleaning out the litter box. Setting a schedule from the start helps both you and your pet get into a good routine.
Schedule a Veterinary Care Appointment
One of the most essential steps to both puppy care and kitten care is visiting the vet regularly – beginning as soon as possible after you’ve adopted them. Young animals need vaccinations to keep them healthy and to keep your family safe. Additionally, these visits help detect current or potential health issues so that they can be addressed early and properly.
Make Your Puppy or Kitten Care Appointment in Steinbach
Whether this is your first pet or you are a veteran pet owner, our team at PetVet in Steinbach is here to help. Call our team today at (204) 326-6562 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.