All pet parents can agree that having a furbaby is one of the best feelings in the world. If you’re a new pet parent or you’ve been considering to start being one, here are the ten most basic things your new pet will need:
1. Water and Food Bowls
Stainless steel bowls are durable and easy to clean. However, don’t forget that different kinds of pets will need different kinds of bowls to be able to drink and eat comfortably. Check out our pet parenting 101 video to know how to choose the right bowl for your pet! Furthermore, what’s more important than the bowl is what you fill it with, so be sure to give them healthy food and treats!
Bow and Wow Pet Food Bowl
Make your new furbaby feel more comfortable in your home by providing a safe and comfortable place for them to sleep in.
MHP Deluxe Bed
Buy a size-appropriate crate for potty training and providing down time for your pet. You will also be able to use this when brining your pet to places!
MHP icrate fashion pink
4. Collar and Leash
Collars are important as it holds your pet’s identification tag in case they get lost and leashes are for exercising your dog by walking or running. Remember that you should be able to fit two fingers between the collar and your pet’s neck for a comfortable fit.
Petmate Collars and Leashes
5. Chew Toys/Scratch Post
Dogs got to chew and cats got to scratch. It shouldn’t be discouraged as it is normal for them but should be redirected instead. If you don’t want to go home one day with the furniture shredded or chewed on, teach your pets to chew or scratch on certain items like chew toys or a scratching post.
Petstages mini cool chew for dogs and Nam cat scratching post for cats
6. Waste Management Items
Pets will always need to do their thing and if they’re kept indoors and are left unsupervised, you should train them to release in a designated area like a wee-wee pad or a litter box to make cleaning up after them easier.
Petmate Litter Pan & World’s Best Cat Litter for Cats and FourPaws Wee-wee pads for dogs
Regardless of breed, you should groom your pet regularly. Have a good brush on hand to keep their coat healthy and shiny as brushes spread the oils in their skin through the coat.
JWP Soft Slicker Brush
8. Nail Trimmers
Trimming your pet's nails will help prevent the nails from breaking, which is painful and can lead to an infection. Nails that are too long can also change the way they walk and can lead to more serious bone and joint issues.
JWP Nail Trimmer Deluxe
While bathing your pet gets rid of the dirt and smell, you shouldn’t bathe them too often as it dries out their skin. Remember to use a gentle shampoo that is formulated for them and one that will not strip the natural oils of their coat.
Bobbi Panter Bob Shampoo Scratchy Cat and Moisturizing Dog Shampoo
10. Toothbrush and Toothpaste
Your pet’s dental health is as important as yours. Cleaning you pet’s teeth may seem hard but this dental kit gets things done fast and easy with a vanilla flavored toothpaste that pet’s love in a no-rinse formula. It can be used for cats too!
EZ Dog Pet Dental Kit