Your pets are more than just animals; they’re part of the family! Make sure your furry, feathery, or scaly friend feels at home with the right pet supplies. Pet gear will make it easier for you to care for your pets, and it will make them happier, too. Before you start shopping, think about your pet’s basic needs. Once those are covered, you can add the fun stuff. Eating, sleeping, pottying, and playing are basics for any kind of pet you bring home. Pet food and food dishes will be the first things you’ll need; make sure you have a water dish, too. Next, think about where your pet will sleep. A dog or a cat will like a pet bed, while a bird needs a perch, and a lizard needs a warm rock in his aquarium. Housebreaking pads, kitty litter boxes, and cage-lining materials are essential to keeping your home sanitary. And a bored pet is an unhappy pet; pet toys are as vital as food and water. Now you can think about the fun pet supplies. Dog sweaters may be important for small dogs in winter; but otherwise, little outfits are mainly for special occasions. Simple toys will keep your cats entertained, but cat furniture will give them even more of a thrill. And adding aquarium decor to your fish tank not only makes it look cool; the hiding spots will become favorites for your fish.
Your pets nap a lot, and you’ll want to make sure they have the best place to catch some Z’s. Dogs and cats alike love a warm nest to sleep in, and pet beds provide the perfect resting spot. Here’s how to choose the perfect one. Make sure they have a pet bed that is suited to their size. For dogs, this means making sure they can stretch their legs out fully on the bed. If you have a large breed cat or dog, make sure the bed can accommodate him when he grows to his full size. You’ll also want to consider your pet’s sleeping style. If your pet mainly likes to sleep curled up, choose a round or oval bed. Square beds are best for dogs who like to sleep with their legs outstretched. Cats are more likely to sleep curled up, so their beds can be a bit smaller than a dog’s bed. If your pet has a disability, make sure he won’t have to jump over a high side on the bed in order to settle into it; look for pet beds made just for animals with special needs. For your pet’s health, pet beds should be replaced every year unless they are machine washable. If it is washable, you can use it until it is worn out.
At once dignified and ridiculous, a cat is a charming pet that may seem to almost care for herself. You will, however, need a few cat supplies to keep her happy and your home in good shape. Cat food and food dishes are one of the first things you’ll need when you bring home a kitten. Plastic food dishes are economical. Ceramic dishes cost a bit more, but they can help prevent skin conditions on your kitty’s chin. Make sure you have a good water dish as well. Cats need a considerable amount of water to stay healthy. A water fountain with continually moving water is appealing to many kitties. A litter box and kitty litter are essential to keeping your home clean. Cats like a bit of privacy, so you may want a litter box with a top. If you’re training a new kitten, you’ll probably only have to show her the litter box once, and she’ll know to use it for the rest of her life, unless she’s ill. Cats are hunters, and if they’re living an indoor life, they’ll be happy hunting the toys you give them. For a real treat, spoil your cat with a cat tower so she can enjoy the view from a high perch.
Crates and kennels not only keep your dog from tearing apart your house. Dogs are naturally den animals, meaning they like a cozy, enclosed place to sleep or just to relax. Crates and kennels also provide a sanctuary for your dog, a safe place where he can relax when he’s overstimulated. When you’re choosing a crate, the main two things to consider are size and material. To choose the right size, measure how much space your dog will need to stand all the way up and turn around. For materials, you can choose how sturdy the crate needs to be depending on your dog’s breed and temperament. When your dog is young, you can put him in his crate for up to three hours to help housebreak him. His bladder can’t wait much longer than that. Start with short periods of time, and give him treats for going in and when you let him out. Put your dog in the crate at night, but be sure to keep the crate near your bed, so he isn’t lonely and so you can hear him whine to go out for a potty break. Once your dog is crate trained, he will voluntarily go into it when he needs time to himself.