Choose a pet wisely for your home. Consider factors like size, grooming, compatibility with other pets, temperament, and activity level.
Prepare for your new pet with essential supplies, designate responsibilities, find a veterinarian, and explore local trainers and pet sitters.
Budget for routine and unexpected pet medical expenses. Dogs: $242 for vet visits, $81 for vitamins, $458 for surgery annually. Cats: $178 for vet visits, $47 for vitamins, $201 for surgery.
Giving a puppy or kitten to a loved one sounds exciting, but many animal shelters and rescue organizations report an increased number of animals handed over after the holidays.
Each year, approximately 920,000 animals are euthanized in shelters, a significant drop from 2.6 million in 2011. Choosing to adopt instead of buying from breeders or pet stores will help ensure this number continues to decrease.
Gift an adoption certificate instead of a pet for the holidays. Let the recipient choose their perfect pet. Include treats and toys for a special touch.
The hustle and bustle of the holiday season often means extra noise, people, and activity in many households. To help pets adapt to their new home, ensure they have plenty of time and space away from such celebrations.
Give your new pet time to adjust, prioritize quality time together. Use the holidays to train and bond with your furry friend.
Establish structure and routine for potty and crate training. Be consistent and flexible to provide necessary care. Start during the holidays for a smooth transition.
Smooth the transition into the nonholiday season by establishing routines
Wait until January to adopt a pet to avoid holiday chaos. Consider guest visits, travel plans, and stress for a smooth transition.