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Creating a Dog-Friendly Outdoor Space

Bringing home a newly adopted dog is exciting, but requires lots of preparation. Besides making sure your home is puppy-proof, you want to make sure your outdoor space is pet-friendly, too. Here are some tips for creating the perfect dog-friendly outdoor space:

Dog-friendly outdoor space

Fence

Safety should be the number one priority when creating a dog-friendly outdoor space. A fenced yard is a great start, but it’s not a foolproof. Dogs sometimes jump fences, dig their way out or find other ways to escape the yard. We recommend actively training your dog to stay within the boundaries of your yard, whether you have a fence or not. For smaller dogs, make sure the fence is the appropriate size to prevent any wriggling bodies from getting through or getting stuck. It’s also important never to leave your dog unattended or unsupervised when outside.

 

Plants safe for dogs

Pet owners should always take care to use toxin-free landscaping. Chemicals in pest control and other landscaping materials can be extremely poisonous for our four-legged friends. Make sure your garden doesn’t use cocoa mulch, and get rid of any toxic plants that may be growing on your property. These include lilies, tulips, and azaleas. They are highly toxic to dogs, and when ingested, can cause vomiting and gastrointestinal issues. Don’t rely on a chicken wire fencing or another barrier to keep toxic plants out of your dog’s reach—remove the plants altogether.

 

Relief from the heat or protection from the elements

No matter where you live, every climate comes with its own unique challenges. It’s important for any pet owner to provide a comfortable and safe environment for their pet. In warmer months and during the summer especially, you want to provide plenty of shade for your dog. If you don’t have any trees in your yard, you can create a makeshift sun screen to block harmful UV rays, or even create a basin for your dog to lie in and stay cool. Like people, dogs can get sunburn and suffer from heatstroke if left in the sun too long.

 

Designated digging area

Dogs have a natural instinct to dig. Rather than discourage your dog from digging, you can provide them with a space that’s intended to get a little messy. Sandboxes, digging pits, and other designated digging areas can help deter your dog from digging in off-limit places like your garden. You can create a digging area for your dog by hollowing out a good-sized area of the yard and filling it with sand, mulch, or other soft material that won’t hurt your dog’s paws. Line the pit with rocks to keep the contents in, and let your dog dig to their heart’s content!

 

Water feature

If your dog loves water, you can create a simple water feature that will satisfy their craving to get wet. Playtime is much more fun with some sprinklers, kiddy pools, or dog-friendly water fountains! Just make sure the water feature is safe for your dog, and that they aren’t left unattended near a pool.

 

Obstacle course

No dog-friendly outdoor space is complete without a doggy playground. Give your pooch something to keep busy with by providing them with a dog-sized obstacle course! It’s easy and fun to create an exciting space for your dog to play. Fill your yard with ramp ladders, tunnels, weave poles, or other objects for your dog to jump over. Ultimately, however, you don’t have to do anything fancy or expensive to make your backyard a place your dog will love. If this is too big a project for you, consider taking your dog as often as you can to a dog park.

 

Interested in adopting a dog of your own? Get started browsing dogs for adoption on getyourpet.com.

 

Why is My Cat Ignoring Me? You’re Not Alone.

You recently brought your newly adopted cat home. You have all of their food, supplies, plenty of treats, and enough toys to occupy even the most restless kitty. You think your cat should be over the moon, but instead, they’re acting aloof. They often run away from your open arms and shy away from hugs! You may be asking yourself the question, “Why is my cat ignoring me?” The answer is: probably nothing. Here are the most common reasons why your kitty might be giving you the “cold shoulder.”

why is my cat ignoring me?

#1: Not in His Nature

One of the biggest differences between human behavior and cat behavior is the way we approach social interaction. Humans thrive off of establishing and maintaining relationships; we like to talk, touch, and make eye contact with one another. We interpret a lack of social interaction as something negative.

Cats, on the other hand, do not feel a particular need to engage in interactions that do not interest them. Their ancestors were somewhat solitary animals, and they generally did not communicate through sounds. Cats feel no obligation to constantly show their affection, even to their guardians! Your kitty isn’t being rude or spiteful, or even trying to ignore you; they just don’t feel like hanging out right now.

 

#2: On Edge

Your cat may also be unresponsive to your demonstrations of affection because they are on edge. Cats have a fantastic memory. They will remember if they have been yelled at, chased, or sprayed with water. Even if you have not done any of these things yourself, cats can develop a general distrust of humans based on prior events.

The anxiety of being in a new setting can also be somewhat stressful for a cat. If you find that your newly-adopted kitty seems to be ignoring you, chances are they are still adjusting to their new home. If cats detect a perceived threat in their surrounding environment, they will become unresponsive — even hiss or hide —  in the face of social advances.

 

#3: They’re Relaxed!

If your cat isn’t answering when you call them, it could simply be because they are comfortable where they are and see no compelling reason to come. Mother cats typically only call their young only when there is danger. Your cat could be comfortable enough with you to ignore your calls as those of a worrying parent. A lack of response from your cat could simply mean they are saying, “Relax, Mom/Dad, I’m fine!”

 

What should I do if my cat is ignoring me?

Well, for starters, you can’t make a cat do anything! Cats have minds of their own. And, every cat is different. What’s normal for one cat may not be normal for another. Try not to take it personally if your cat seems to be ignoring you. You may be expecting actions that are out of character for them.

Also, cats generally do not distinguish positive attention from negative attention. So, they may push a cup off the counter and look at you for attention, but refuse to acknowledge your presence when you call their name. One thing that works for many cats: try giving them a treat whenever they respond to your call.

A Few Tips

Cats may become more social over time, as they develop a strong bond with their guardian. There are things you can do to develop the trust that underlies a good relationship with your cat.  Try to limit sudden movements and forced grabbing. You can also provide mental enrichment (toys, vertical heights, visual stimulation) to keep them entertained. Be sure not to rely on the same tool all the time, as cats can get bored easily. Through these practices, your cat will learn that you are a person whom they can rely on, and thus may respond better to your calls or social interactions.

 

Still wondering, “Why is my cat ignoring me?” In the end, it’s not always easy to understand cats’ preferences for giving and receiving affection. It’s like they are a whole other species! It’s no use trying to make them just like us. Keep them safe and healthy, show them love and give them opportunities to play. After that, stand back and let them be what they are. Winning the friendship of a cat can be challenging, but wonderfully rewarding, too.

If you’re looking to adopt a cat, get started with registering on Get Your Pet here.

Maltese Dogs: Information About The Breed

Maltese are some of the most loved and most popular dogs in America—and if you’ve ever met one yourself, that should come as no surprise! With their small frame and lively personality, Maltese make excellent companions for retired seniors and busy families alike. Their snow-white coat and round teddy—bear like eyes make them a highly-desired choice in the world of small or toy dog breeds. Read on to learn more about this adorable breed and to see if the Maltese is right for you.

Maltese

Personality

Maltese have lively, friendly personalities and make fast friends with just about everyone they meet. True people-lovers, Maltese are highly devoted to their human family. They tend to be sweet-tempered, gentle, responsive, and fearless. Despite their small stature, they make great guard dogs, often serving as the protector of the home. They seek companionship and have a strong desire to please their people.

Lifestyle

Because of their miniature size, Maltese dogs make ideal companions for apartment dwellers. They don’t require as much room to run and play as other, larger breeds, and often tire quicker, too. That’s not to say they’re not active, however; these toy dogs can have lots of energy, and usually prefer to spend that energy seeking attention from their human family. They benefit from having a small, fenced-in yard where they can run around and play to their heart’s content. In contrast to some other breeds, Maltese are content with staying very close to their owner. They are not suited for extreme temperatures and would prefer to stay indoors with their human companions.

Care & Health

Maltese are relatively low-maintenance dogs that love regular walks and playtime. Owners should take care to administer a regular grooming routine, which may include brushing, combing, and shearing.

Maltese dogs are generally healthy, but are prone to certain health complications that are characteristic of their build and lifestyle. Because they are a toy breed, they are fragile and delicate.They are more likely than other breeds to suffer a collapsed trachea, get chills from being too cold or damp, and experience what’s known as reverse sneezing.

Training & Socialization

Maltese learn best through positive reinforcement. To ensure they are properly socialized around kids and other pets, they should be enrolled in puppy kindergarten classes. They are prone to being spoiled, so training from a young age is important to prevent them from becoming bratty or entitled.

Drawbacks

Maltese aren’t suited for households with small children or toddlers. They may view the child as a threat and become protective of their adult human friends. It is also notoriously difficult to house train these dogs, so we reommend crate-training if you’ll be away from home for long periods of time. That being said, they do not enjoy being left alone and often suffer from separation anxiety, causing them to bark or become destructive.

 

All in all, Maltese make wonderful, devoted companions. Ready to adopt, or want to start browsing? Get started now.

A Smarter Alternative to a No-Kill Shelter

For pet owners who genuinely want what’s best for their pet, surrendering a pet to a shelter is a last resort. Since most people can’t imagine surrendering their pet to a shelter where there is a possibility of euthanasia, seeking out a no-kill shelter seems the more acceptable way to go.

No-kill shelter dog

What does it mean to surrender a pet to a no-kill shelter?

Life in a shelter, even a no-kill shelter, is no picnic for a dog or a cat. Not only do they experience the stress of being separated from a familiar face, but they have to quickly adapt to living in an unfamiliar environment that looks nothing like home and is, to them, chaotic, loud, and intimidating. They’re handled by strange people, confined to a cage or kennel, and then left alone to make sense of new sights, sounds, and smells.

 

Shelters are a necessary resource, and we support their efforts.

This doesn’t mean shelters don’t have a respected and essential place in the pet rehoming community. About 2/3 of the animals that end up in shelters (5 million each year) are strays. Whether because of neglect, abandonment, or an accidental litter, stray animals have nowhere else to go. Found on the streets, or rescued from poor living conditions, they are often brought to the nearest shelter malnourished, scared, confused, and in need of medical attention. These animals need the care and rehabilitation that shelters can provide. But, ask any shelter worker if they would willingly surrender their pet to a shelter and they will tell you: a shelter is no place for pets.

 

Screening for adoption

When people bring their pets to shelters due to financial reasons, death, divorce, housing restrictions, health issues, or other factors beyond their control, they may not realize that shelters have a screening system to determine whether or not a pet is a suitable candidate for adoption. If a pet has an illness or behavioral issue that does not pass muster, they could be deemed ineligible for adoption and turned away.

Often, even healthy, “adoptable” pets are turned away from no-kill shelters. There simply is not enough space to take them in.

 There is no guarantee, even for the “winners”

Even when a pet has been found eligible for adoption, accepted into the shelter, is in good health, and is well-behaved, they may not be adopted anytime soon. Many pets sit in cages or kennels for months, experiencing limited human interaction, feeling lonely and abandoned unless and until an adopter comes along.

The bottom line: the current shelter-based system is flawed. There’s a better way to rehome pets.

 

Get Your Pet to the rescue

Get Your Pet helps pet owners (called Guardians) find a home for their pet before reaching the last resort of surrendering them to a shelter. By connecting people who need to rehome a pet with people looking to adopt a pet like theirs, we can eliminate the “middleman,” gain control over our pet’s fate, and perhaps end up saving their life. Get Your Pet’s home-to-home pet adoption system represents an alternative to shelter adoption that is simple, safe, and judgement-free.

 

Get Your Pet co-founder Angela Marcus started Get Your Pet in response to seeing first-hand the troubles and flaws of the shelter adoption system. Angela has worked as a veterinary technician, a Forensic Case Coordinator for Pennsylvania’s largest Humane Law Enforcement team, a contributing presenter on the television channel Animal Planet, and as the Operations Director for the Pennsylvania SPCA. Like many in the industry, she saw animals contracting disease, being exposed to the inherent stresses of shelter life, and being euthanized by the millions.

 

“We are determined that things don’t have to be this way. Not in our 21st century, web-connected world. So we created Get Your Pet, an online community where people who can’t keep their pets connect directly with people who want to adopt a pet.”

Angela Marcus

 

Letting the Guardian choose their pet’s new home

At Get Your Pet, we believe no one cares more about or better knows a pet’s needs than their Guardian. In Get Your Pet’s system, it is the Guardians who screen potential adopters, both through the exchange of messages on the site and during a meet-up at a neutral location, where the pet is most likely to act naturally. Get Your Pet gives Guardians guidance throughout the process, providing resources and tips on how to arrive at a successful adoption.

 

An alternative to shelters that relieves their load

When we keep pets out of shelters, shelters are able to allocate their limited space and resources to the homeless and abused animals that need them most. Shelters are in crisis, and we can help them while at the same time helping pets, Guardians and Adopters.

 

There’s no such thing as perfect. But there is such a thing as better.

Before surrendering your pet to a shelter, even a no-kill shelter, consider Get Your Pet. It truly is the simpler, smarter more humane way to rehome your pet. With Get Your Pet, you can keep your pet out of the shelter, and help them go from one good home to another.

 

If you need to rehome your pet, visit getyourpet.com/guardian/get-started to create your pet’s profile and begin accepting inquiries from potential adopters.

All About Microchipping (May is National Chip Your Pet Month)

Microchipping a cat

It sometimes happens that our four-legged friends wander a little too far for their own good or our liking. One good way to increase the chances of being reunited with pets that have run away or gotten lost or stolen is to have them microchipped.

 

What is microchipping?

Microchipping has grown increasingly popular in recent years because it’s a relatively inexpensive procedure that can help save a pet’s life. Microchipping involves implanting a device about the size of a grain of rice into the scruff of an animal’s neck. When scanned, it identifies the pet’s unique ID number, allowing them to be traced back to their rightful owner.

 

What are the benefits of having my pet chipped?

Many pet owners believe that having a fenced-in yard, electric fence, or a collar on their pet is enough to ensure their pet’s safety. But, collars can be easily removed or lost, and some hunting dog breeds simply can’t be stopped when following a scent! While microchipping can’t guarantee your pet will be found or returned, having them chipped is an extra safeguard that responsible pet owners often choose.

 

One of the first things a shelter or rescue will do when a pet is brought to them is check to see whether the animal has a chip. Studies show that microchipping greatly increases the chances an owner will be identified. (Fun fact: A study from 2009 showed that 74% of found dogs and  63.5% of cats turned in to shelters were reunited with their owners.)

 

Microchips also help to prove ownership of your pet in the event that he or she has come into the wrong hands.

 

What is the microchipping procedure like?

The microchipping procedure is quick and painless. The veterinary professional implants the microchip in the loose skin around the folds of the neck, or between the shoulder blades. Because it’s as painless as getting a vaccination or routine shot, no anesthetic is needed. There’s also no post-procedure recovery time or harmful effects. And, it’s relatively inexpensive.

 

Should I get my pet microchipped?

Of course, the decision whether or not to microchip your pet is ultimately up to you, the pet’s guardian. For most people, though, it is an affordable precaution they can take to ensure the safety and well-being of their pet. For more information on the myths and facts surrounding microchipping, check out this helpful article.

10 Common Cat Behaviors Explained

Cats are especially expressive creatures, and they’re constantly telling you exactly how they’re feeling – all you have to do is learn to “speak cat”! Here are 10 common cat behaviors interpreted, so that you can understand their needs and personality better:

  1. Sniffing your face: Cats rely heavily on their strong sense of smell to give them information about food, prey, and their general surroundings. When a cat sniffs your face, they’re simply trying to commit your scent to memory. It helps them build trust and familiarity, so let your cat sniff away!
  2. Rubbing cheeks on everything: When a cat rubs their cheeks against your hand, the doorway, furniture, or other objects around the house they are essentially marking their territory. Cats have scent glands around their mouth, chin, and cheeks that leave behind their unique scent when rubbed. This behavior is known as “bunting.”
  3. Slow blink: You may have noticed your cat studying you from afar, with a relaxed gaze and a slow-motion blink. When your cat slow-blinks, they’re telling you they are comfortable in your presence and enjoy your company. You can return the gesture by slowing shutting your eyes and opening them.
  4. Head-butts: When it comes to showing affection, our feline friends don’t hold back. Some cats like to butt their heads against your hand or face to ask for attention or head scratches. This is a friendly and loving gesture between cat and human, and means your cat is in the mood to be social.
  5. Kneading: Also known as “making biscuits,” cats sometimes make a kneading gesture with their front paws. This behavior has its roots in kittens’ activity when nursing, and it can be comforting and calming to cats of any age. It used to be believed that this behavior was a sign the cat was weaned from their mother too soon, but there is little evidence to support this.
  6. Surprise “gifts”: Cats are known for their excellent hunting abilities, and although housecats no longer need these skills to feed themselves, their instinct to hunt is still strong. It’s not uncommon for cats to bring their humans the remains of a dead (or live!) rodent or bird. If your cat does this, it’s because they are trying to mother you or teach you to hunt.
  7. Purring: A cat’s purr is recognized as a sign of contentment, but cats actually purr for a few different reasons. For instance, cats sometimes purr to calm themselves down when sick, stressed, or injured. Purring releases endorphins that can reduce pain, and the small vibrations can even help with healing.
  8. Chattering: Chattering is a funny sound cats commonly make when watching a bird through the window. Cats chatter to mimic the chirps and chatters that birds make, or that their prey would make. Some people believe that chattering indicates their frustration at not being able to hunt or catch the bird they are watching. Or, it could be a sign of eager excitement.
  9. Lying belly up: A cat is at their most vulnerable state when lying with an upturned belly and legs spread out. Lying belly up means your cat is comfortable, relaxed, and trusting. When they lie in this position, they are saying, “I feel safe around you.” Flopping down and rolling over at your feet might also be an invitation for petting or snuggles.
  10. Tail curved around you: Cats aren’t always so If your cat snuggles up to you and wraps their tail around you, he or she is giving you a hug!

Get an up-close, person-to-cat experience of these behaviors. Browse adoptable cats near you on getyourpet.com today and give one a loving, new home.

Adopting a Companion Dog: Tips for Seniors

Dogs make wonderful companions for people of all ages – and while you may never be too old to be a dog lover, you may find that adopting a dog later in life is much different than adopting a dog in your younger years. Chances are that your lifestyle has changed a great deal, and so have your priorities. For those approaching (or beyond) retirement age, we put together a list of things to consider when adopting a dog:

  1. Activity level – All dogs need some level of regular exercise, but exercise needs and energy levels vary greatly from breed to breed and even from dog to dog. It is important to consider how much physical activity your new dog will require. If you aren’t as active as you once were, or find that you don’t have the energy to go for long walks each day, then you’ll want to consider a lower-energy dog, like a Bulldog or Basset Hound.
  2. Size – Smaller dogs are easier to handle and can be more manageable for an older Guardian. Small dogs that are popular among senior Guardians include the Bichon Frise, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Pomeranian, and Shih Tzu.
  3. Age – An older dog is usually calmer than a young, hyper puppy. Older dogs make great companions because they’ve already had years of practice! Adopting a senior dog is also a great kindness, because they are less likely to find homes than their younger counterparts. Check out this article about why you should adopt a senior pet.

There are so many wonderful reasons to adopt a companion dog as we get older. Here are a few of the significant benefits of adopting in later years:

  1. Physical and mental benefits: Companion animals have been proven to improve our physical and mental health. Not only can owning a pet give us immeasurable joy, but it can actually lower blood pressure, decrease stress, and reduce depression. Pets have undeniable healing powers and can lift the spirits of everyone around them.
  2. You gotta have friends: Living alone or as an empty-nester can get lonely! Having the company of a lovable cat or dog can make all the difference in the world when friends and family are far away.
  3. Provide structure and purpose: Having another living being to care for can provide routine and purpose to an otherwise unstructured day. Pets have incredible biological clocks, making them the perfect alarm clock, afternoon TV-watching buddy, and dinnertime companion. Having a set schedule can be motivating and uplifting, especially for an older person who is home for most of the day.
  4. Perfect environment: Unless we’re talking about a rambunctious puppy or a hyper-active dog, most pets prefer a quiet living space. Adult and senior dogs especially appreciate the devotion and attention of a senior Guardian. Retired Guardians are more likely to have more time to spend with their new pet, and most pets loving nothing more than to be considered the “king” or “queen” of the house.

Start browsing pets here, or learn more about how Get Your Pet’s direct adoption works.

Dogs That Make the Best Family Pets – What to Look For When Adopting

It’s no surprise that dogs are the most popular family pet; in fact, it’s estimated that over 60 million families in the U.S. own a dog! It’s important to find a dog that’s right for your family— essentially you are bringing a new family member into your life. Here are some things to consider when you are looking to adopt the perfect furry friend for your family,:

Temperament

First, and most obvious: a family pet must be friendly/non-aggressive with kids. If you’re looking to adopt puppy, you need to realize that may not have spent much time around children yet. Expect that they will need to be socialized, trained, and introduced properly into the family. Dogs with a history of aggression, anxiety, or nervousness are best suited for someone without small children or for more experienced dog owners. You want to look for a dog that’s known to be gentle, patient, and laid-back, especially around youngsters.

Energy

How high energy is your household? If your family enjoys being active whenever they can, then a high-energy dog, such as a Labrador, Australian Shepherd, or Husky would be a great match. But, if weekends are usually spent lounging on the couch, then a lower-energy breed, like a Bulldog, Pug, or Basset Hound, might be a better choice. Of course, there are exceptions within every breed, but this is a starting point when you are looking. Exercise is a crucial part of owning a dog, and you want to be realistic about what you and your family will be willing and able to provide.

Size

The size of a dog may factor into how compatible he or she is around children. Larger, sturdier dogs may be a better option for a home with young children, because they’re able to withstand the stray whacks to the leg or surprise hugs. Smaller, miniature dogs, by contrast, tend to be more nervous around, and more vulnerable to, the unpredictable behavior of children.

Personality

Are you in search of a loyal and protective guard dog, or a laid-back companion who makes instant friends with everyone? Certain dogs are natural protectors, and are more likely to ward off intruders or mistrust strangers. Then, there are those dogs who come to the door, tail wagging, and ready to give kisses! If that’s what you’re looking for, then a “pack” breed might be right for you. Examples of pack breeds include Labrador retrievers, Siberian Huskies, Collies, and Australian Shepherds. Pack breeds tend to form quick bonds and accept all family members as their pack.

Breed

When it comes to family dogs, mixed breeds are often calm and kid-friendly. But there are some breeds that are known for being especially good family pets. Some of the most popular family dog breeds are Pit-Bull-Type dogs, Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, Poodles, Beagles, Basset Hounds, and Boston Terriers. In general, these dogs tend to be friendly, sociable, even-tempered, and highly trainable. It’s always important to remember that no matter the breed, dogs will require proper training, attention, and socialization in order for your family (and dog) to be safe and happy.

Are you looking to adopt a dog for your family? Start browsing profiles now on getyourpet.com to find the perfect furry friend for you!

What First Time Dog Owners Should Know

Sharing your life with a dog is an exciting and rewarding journey. There’s nothing quite like the bond between human and canine: unconditional love, special memories, and a lifelong friendship. For first-time dog owners, there are a lot of unknowns – and maybe a little anxiety — that come with this relationship. Here are a few guidelines:

  1. Stock up on the essentialsIt’s perfectly okay to raid the pet store and stock up on a variety of doggy essentials! Your dog will need basic things like food and water bowls, a doggy bed, and a collar and leash, but he’ll also love to get his paws on a neat toy or two, too! Tennis balls, a Frisbee, and a Kong or chew toys are a good place to start, until you figure out what your dog prefers. If you’ve adopted through Get Your Pet and live near a Pet Valu store, you can take advantage of money-saving coupons valuable to Pet Valu in-store shoppers.
  2. Training is important – Training takes time and patience, but it’s easier to prevent a bad habit from forming than to break one. If the idea of training your dog yourself seems overwhelming, there are plenty of options for professional training. Puppy classes, basic obedience classes, or even one-on-one behavioral lessons with a professional dog trainer are all great ways to go. Find out which is right for you and your pup in this blog about obedience training. It’s worth looking into, especially for first time dog owners.
  3. The vet is your friend – Part of being a responsible pet owner is being proactive and in tune with your pet’s medical needs. You’ll need to keep track of things like vaccinations, flea and tick treatments, and any other medical issues that may arise over time. You’ll want to get familiar with what’s “normal” for your dog and pay close attention to any changes in energy level or weight, injuries, or other physical changes.
  4. Pet insurance is a good idea – We believe pet insurance is a great idea for any Guardian. All adoptions through Get Your Pet come with a certificate for 30 days of pet insurance from Trupanion (offer varies in CA). Depending on your needs and means, there are options for pet insurance that can cover veterinary costs for illness or accidents, death, or even theft. It’s a good idea to do some research to find out what’s right for you and your dog.
  5. Exercise is key – Beyond the basics, dogs need plenty of exercise in order to stay healthy and happy. Do not underestimate how important this is! Make time in your schedule for regular exercise, whether that be a daily walk, a game of fetch in the backyard, or some other stimulating activity that will help your dog release his energy in a healthy way. Not only does it keep your dog active and healthy, it can help to prevent destructive behavior at home.
  6. Discipline isn’t a bad thing – It’s important to set boundaries and make the rules clear. Being a doggy parent may require you to stand your ground and enforce the rules just like you would with a child. It’s normal for puppies to test your resolve and see what they can get away with. Don’t be afraid to be firm – dogs are pack animals, and often look to a leader to take charge and set boundaries. Establishing this dynamic is crucial in a dog’s younger years, and will benefit the relationship for years to come
  7. Don’t forget to check out more about our adoption package and what it includes, here.

8 Things First Time Cat Owners Should Know

Cats have quite the reputation on the internet—they’re known for being especially quirky, cuddly, and sometimes even a little crazy! Befriending a cat is one of the most rewarding bonds a person can form. Cats are full of personality, and have a special place in our hearts. If it’s your first time adopting or owning a cat, here are some things to expect:

  1. Cats can be lazy. Cats know that Saturday mornings are best spent on the couch or lounging in the sun! They spend most of their day sleeping, and most won’t turn down the opportunity to nap on a warm lap, purring to their heart’s content.
  2. They are relatively low maintenance. Unlike dogs or other pets, cats are considered to be fairly low maintenance. They don’t need constant attention or stimulation, and they will be fine if left alone for a few hours by themselves. That being said, cats make wonderful companions who value the company of a loving human.
  3. Invest in a scratching post. Cats have an instinctual desire to scratch. You can prevent damage to your home furnishings by providing your kitty with a scratch post, emery board, or cardboard scratch board. Encourage your cat to use these by sprinkling a bit of cat nip on them—he won’t be able to resist!
  4. Cats like their alone time. Like people, most cats are perfectly content relaxing on the couch after a long day. Cats are notorious for choosing when they receive affection; it’s not that they don’t like your company, they simply are independent by nature. It’s important to respect their space when they need it, and the time you do spend together will be that much more valuable.
  5. Cats require minimal physical exercise. That’s not to say they don’t like to play—cats are especially good hunters and love a new challenge or a spontaneous run around the house! It’s not uncommon for cats to have bursts of energy and then nap for a few hours at a time. Physical exercise is especially important during the kitten stage, and playtime is a crucial part of their early social and cognitive development.
  6. Cats can be slower to form bonds and build trust, but once earned, their love lasts for a lifetime. Cats may not immediately open up to a stranger, excitable child, or other pets—but once they’ve spent more time around them, cats can become loyal, devoted companions.
  7. Stay on top of the litter box. Cleaning isn’t anybody’s favorite chore, but for cat owners, it’s one of the most important things they can do. Cats are happiest and healthiest in a clean environment, so it’s important to keep up with cleaning out the litter box to avoid any accidents or health issues.
  8. “Curiosity killed the cat” isn’t just an old saying! Cats are curious by nature, and love exploring new things. Many cats love to jump up high and hunt through food and other things, making countertops and tables prime spaces for exploration. Keep any sharp, dangerous or valuable items (or poisonous foods) out of reach or stored away to keep your things and your cat safe.

Owning a cat is a wonderfully rewarding experience, and with these tips, you and your feline friend will enjoy many happy years together! Start browsing cats for adoption now by visiting https://getyourpet.com/search#/