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Tips on Pet Adoption

Wednesday, March 9, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

PETADOPTMany of us are excited to give a homeless pet a good home. That’s great since so many of these animals are abandoned or mistreated. My cat, Millie was abandoned and left in an apartment alone when it’s cruel, heartless owners moved out on her. She was only about 2 months old. A neighbor heard her cries and found her and took her to a shelter where I couldn’t help but adopt her and give her a good home.

An estimated 8 to 12 million pets wind up in shelters each year.

When you adopt a pet, there are some basic things that you should know.

If you live in an apartment, do they allow pets (they all should but don’t!)
Do you have enough room in your home for a homeless pet?
Make sure there is enough in your budget to care for a pet.
How will the new pet get along with other pets that you may have?
Research the type of pet you want. If you are adopting a certain breed dog, know the characteristics of that breed before adopting it. Know the type of dog food that you need to buy beforehand.
Be ready before the pet arrives. Have that nice soft, dog or cat beds ready along with all of the necessary accessories like food, litter, dog leash, dog collar etc.
Give your new pet time to adapt.
Give yourself time to adjust to your new arrival.
I hear so many stories of people adopting a pet and then returning it to a shelter for one reason or another. This in my opinion is cruel. Know what you’re getting into. It’s not fair to that poor animal who thinks it has a good home only to be returned to the cage in the shelter a few days later!

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Small Animals and Cats

Wednesday, March 9, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

CATGERBILIs it possible for a cat to get along with a small animal such as a gerbil, hamster or rabbits? It is but you have to take all of the proper precautions. Keep the gerbil or hamster out of reach of your cat when you’re not at home. You can introduce the two if you are watch them¬†closely. Remember rodents are prey for cats. If you introduce your kitten early on and keep a close eye on them, it is possible that your cat will leave the small animals alone. Keep your cat occupied with plenty of cat toys, cat treats and attention.

I once had a rabbit and when I introduced my kitten, Molly (who’s now almost 17) the two got along very well. In fact, my rabbit Max chased Molly all over the living room. All cats are different. I would suggest introducing a kitten to a small animal rather than a full grown cat. Keep your small animals in their cages and in a place that’s ¬†not accessible to your cat when you’re not home.

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