Tips for New Puppy and Kitten Owners

There’s nothing quite as exciting and adorable as bringing home a new puppy or kitten. How is it possible for one creature to be so cute?

In addition to enjoying all the furry energy and cuteness, there are a few key things that all new puppy or kitten owners should do. Follow these tips and get your new furry friend started off on the right paw.

Take Them to the Veterinarian

You knew this one was coming, so why not lead with it. It’s so important to bring your new puppy or kitten to the vet early on for a wellness check. Your vet can look for any parasites or detectable health conditions. That way, any issues can likely be treated before they grow more serious. You can also ask your vet for suggestions regarding food, shelter, exercise, or anything else that comes to mind.

Get the Essentials

If you haven’t done so before bringing home your new pet, stocking up on the essentials is key. This includes:

  • Puppy or kitten food – ask your vet for suggestions
  • Bedding – decide where your pet will sleep as well
  • Toys – little ones love to play
  • Collar with ID tags – ask your vet about microchipping
  • Scratching post for kittens
  • Chew toys for puppies
  • Litter box for kittens

Check out Dog Training Classes

Dogs are social animals that need to learn their place in the pack. You need to learn how to be your pup’s alpha. One of the best things you can do for your pets is to be consistent. Dog training school will help you learn and teach your dog basic commands. You’ll both feel more comfortable and confident in a variety of everyday situations.

Spay and Neuter

Spaying and neutering your dog or cat is crucial. On top of reducing surging animal populations, it’s good for your pet’s health too.


Having a pet is a way of life. Develop routines like play time and walks that you can enjoy every day with your new furry friend.