Today is National Love Your Pet Day! Maybe Fido gets an extra-long walk today, and Kitty gets a new scratch pad, or maybe all they want is a good belly rub and some QT!
Don’t have a furry best friend yet, but are thinking about getting one? Check out 10 ways to know if your family is ready! It’s more than just going on walks and playing fetch, but pets really are a great way for a kid to exercise responsibility and respect.
Want to try it out and see if you are ready? Offer to pet for someone you know, or your kids can ask to walk neighbor’s dogs!
Besides loyal companionship, it’s been said that having a pet can be good for your health! Pet Partners, a national nonprofit specializing in animal-assisted therapy, has reported that having a pet can reduce stress, improve cardiovascular health, and overall mental health.
There are tons of great resources online to research pet ownership and cat/dog responsibilities. The Humane Society is one of them, and they even offer Pet Care Essentials for both cats and dogs.
Dog Care Essentials
- Identify your dog with a collar and/or a microchip.
- Follow local laws for licensing your dog and vaccinating him for rabies.
- When you’re off your property, keep your dog on leash.
- Give your dog companionship! Be their best friend, and they will be yours!
- Take your dog to the veterinarian for regular check-ups.
- Spay or neuter your dog.
- Feed your dog a healthy diet and plenty of fresh water.
- Give your dog a nutritionally balanced diet and constant access to fresh water.
- Enroll your dog in a training class.
- Make sure your dog gets enough exercise.
- Give your dog enough exercise to keep him physically fit (but not exhausted).
- Be loyal to and patient with your faithful companion.
Cat Care Essentials
- Keep your cat safe by keeping him indoors, safely confined to your property, or walked on a harness and leash
- Outfit your cat with a breakaway collar and visible ID that includes your name, address, and telephone number
- Take your cat to the veterinarian for regular check-ups and vaccinations
- Spay or neuter your cat
- Feed your cat a nutritionally balanced diet and provide fresh water 24/7
- Keep the litter box clean
- Groom your cat often.
- Make time to play and provide entertainment
- Provide your cat with some basic training to help him get along in your home.