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Sun, Jan 17 | By Lindsay Goldwert | 76

Bringing a new Rex or Whiskers home is like welcoming a new member of the family. Whether it’s a cat or dog (or something with feathers or scales), there will be a lot adjusting for the little guy... and for you as well. So before you drop lots o… more ›

Welcome Home!  Bringing a new puppy or kitten home.
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Amy S.
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Amy S.
4 years ago

This is good info :)

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di
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di
4 years ago

please pay attention to the cords, even if you think they are out of the way, the computer area seems to attrack them. I thought I had my printer cord up and tucked safely away, they found a way to get to it. Like having toddlers around the house, they have an eye for what we don't and seem to get into it. bathroom safety to, toilet seat down and if you let your water trickle during the cold weather make sure it is not hot.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

another thing please don't get a breed because you saw one in a movie. get one that is right for your circumstances

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Diane H.
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Diane H.
4 years ago

Some really good points especially about letting the animal settle in quietly. Although I've never let the cat alone for a couple days to adjust - I put him/her in a separate room, but visit alot. And I've never cat-proofed my home, and I have alot of cats. I think its different with dogs, they're more like children.

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Denise G.
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Denise G.
4 years ago

This is great advice. Sometimes people like to go overboard and buy the whole store when they get a puppy. They haven't even realized that the puppy much rather be comfortable on your couch or anywhere else. They just want to feel like they have your attention.

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Kris
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Kris
4 years ago

Good advice!

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Debra B.
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Debra B.
4 years ago

These are good tips to keep in mind. Cat or dog proofing the home is almost the same as child-proofing for a human toddlers, and especially need to keep any small choking hazards out of reach and off the floor. A wagging dog tail can easily knock knick-knacks off tables. Young children should always be supervised around animals for each others safety and well being.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

deb you are so sensible i hope everyone reads your comment

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Gail S.
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Gail S.
4 years ago

Good advice especially for soemone who doesn't have much experience with pets!

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

that is why the best advice is to gather as much info as possible before you bring your new family member home

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Peggy W.
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Peggy W.
4 years ago

I liked the writer's "helpful hints" section that was included in this article. I do hope that future pet owners research their perspective pets and their habits and quirks.

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jackie
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jackie
4 years ago

this is great a lot of new pet owners dont realize a lot of things that they could get into. My next time around I am going for an older rescue

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Peggy W.
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Peggy W.
4 years ago

I often hear of "I want one" when I do an animal presentation. I always try to get the person to understand that exotics do not make good pets.

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Kris
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Kris
4 years ago

I agree, Peggy. Pet owners need to know what they are gettg ito before they bring home a new pet.

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0416
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0416
4 years ago

I just got a new puppy myself!

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Tina P.
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Tina P.
4 years ago

Great news article! I've never really given much thought to bringing a new fur kid into my home but, this article surely offers a lot of food for thought! Thank you, zootoo for yet another good news article! I truly enjoyed reading it! :)

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Lisa B.
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Lisa B.
4 years ago

This is a wonderful article. I can't understand people who just let their cats chase mice, etc. Barn cats I guess they are called. My cat can eat his meals and still play with a mouse or a bug until it runs away or passes out!

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Michele Z.
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Michele Z.
4 years ago

A new pet should be taken to the vet for an exam, not just if it is still hiding after several days.

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Kris
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Kris
4 years ago

You are absolutely right!

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Tina P.
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Tina P.
4 years ago

Good point MZ! I voted for your comment! Yes, you couldn't be more right...that's always the first thing I do when we bring a new baby into our home!

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Lilyrose
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Lilyrose
4 years ago

I agree MicheleZ. All new furkids should be seen by a vet as soon as possible, even if they appear healthy.

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Denise L.
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Denise L.
4 years ago

Everyone who wants to bring home a new family member should read this! Too many are NOT prepared!

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

everything on this list is just good common sense. if you don't have it don't get the pet

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Stephanie
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Stephanie
4 years ago

Good article!

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Tina P.
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Tina P.
4 years ago

Denise, you couldn't be more right! Bringing a new family member to the vet is the FIRST thing I do as soon as humanly possible! I voted for your comment!

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Tommy m.
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Tommy m.
4 years ago

i wish i could but i have to many puppys as it is.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

it is smart of you to realize that

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Ches21
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Ches21
4 years ago

This is always fun but training is the hard part at least the potty trianing. Except for my rat terrier Skitters we did'nt do crate training with her and it was really easy to potty train her. As for our cats Teddy new already how to use the litter box because we got her from the humane socitey were her mother was still with her so her mother spaghetti taught her how. As for Shorty it did'nt take him long to figure out were his potty was. But what is strange is Shorty is a cat and there is one bad habit that we have never been able to break him of which is drinking out of the tiolet. Teddy dosen't do that though and neither does Skitters so I don't understand why Shorty does this.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

many animals do this. i think it is because the water is usually cold. dogs are especially prone to this

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Debby
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Debby
4 years ago

very nice read and so true.. it is overwhelming for everyone involved and you are not the newcomer..
we tell adopters there very things even with adult dogs.. every animal experiences stress and should be slowly integrated into the family and environment on their time frame and comfort level.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

debby that is th bottom line

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Kavykeeper
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Kavykeeper
4 years ago

The same goes for guinea pigs. It takes time and patience for them to feel comfortable.

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Debby
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Debby
4 years ago

exactly and it also depends on the individual animal.

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Kavykeeper
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Kavykeeper
4 years ago

you are absolutely right. Many people don't realize that animals have personalities and dispositions just like humans do.

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Bowne
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Bowne
4 years ago

Very good tips! Having a pet is a big responsibility. More people should have this information before adopting a pet.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

maybe when aplying for licenses there should be a test that people should be made to take a common sense test

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Kadiquilts
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Kadiquilts
4 years ago

I think in addition to all of this good advice......the writer left out the most important point--which is to do your research BEFORE you adopt! Make sure the type of pet you think you want 'fits" into your lifestyle and that you have the time to devote to caring for it. Make sure your fenced-yard is secure if your dog will be outside without your supervision. And always, always always--spay and/or neuter your pets!

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

that is all included under common sense which i am surprised that so many don't have

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Debby
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Debby
4 years ago

exactly.. there is an animal for everyone.. you just have to do the research and figure out what it is.. it may just be the stuffed teddy bear you have held onto for years.. :0)

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Kris
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Kris
4 years ago

Well said! I couldn't agree more!

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Sharon
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Sharon
4 years ago

Well written article with good advice, especially for children.
I do believe in giving them knowledge beforehand in
bringing a new pet into your home.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

that was maybe they won't get flushed down the toilet like the news article the zoo posted

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Kavykeeper
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Kavykeeper
4 years ago

I always like to see parents expect their kids to read up on the new pet they are planning to adopt.

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Lilyrose
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Lilyrose
4 years ago

Good information. I'm glad they mention ideas about dealing with pets and young children. Young kids really need to be supervised around animals.

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Debby
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Debby
4 years ago

that is the truth.. young children move way too fast for most animals. I know my cats avoid my granddaughter unless she is sleeping.. then they will curl up with her. And she knows how to treat them.. and I reinforce it every day.

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Lilyrose
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Lilyrose
4 years ago

Good for you! My mom's cats used to run and hide whenever they saw me walk in the door with my kids when they were little. lol

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Kris
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Kris
4 years ago

You are so right, Rose!

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Momba
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Momba
4 years ago

This would make a great flyer to hand out to first time parents adopting from shelters, pet stores, rescues, etc. It's good sound advice, but not everyone would think of these things.

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Kavykeeper
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Kavykeeper
4 years ago

What about guinea pigs?

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Momba
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Momba
4 years ago

Oh, you little cutie, don't feel left out! I'm sure nobody has to worry about you taking over their favorite chair or peeing on the floor! You're special.

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Kavykeeper
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Kavykeeper
4 years ago

Peeing on the floor?..... Wolfbane has.....

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Momba
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Momba
4 years ago

Uh-oh! My mistake.

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Sharon
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Sharon
4 years ago

Come on, Kavy. Don't take it personally. The article is
meant for all our pets. Even our lovable guinea pigs.
Just teasing you. I know you got the message.

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Debby
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Debby
4 years ago

you will have to add those do's and don'ts into a journal.. I think overall it applies with tweeks per animal etc.

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Julie
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Julie
4 years ago

Very important information... It is good to have it posted where all can read it when you are thinking of bringing home a pet , no matter what type !

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Peggy W.
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Peggy W.
4 years ago

This is great advice--very informative.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

yup i liked he way they metioned birds. i have to lay news paper over the computer cord that goes to the outlet so scoot won't chew on it

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Peggy W.
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Peggy W.
4 years ago

Sometimes if you weap cords in aluminum foil they won't chew either.

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Shay E.
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Shay E.
4 years ago

This is great info ! It really does help when u are bringing an animal home for the first time !

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

i like the one where itsays don't bring everyone to see them when they first get there. the res is also good common sense

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Sharon
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Sharon
4 years ago

I totally agree with you. No matter what pet
you bring into your house, they need adjustment
to your surroundings before you crowd them
with the outside world.

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Roz A.
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Roz A.
4 years ago

This information is always good to post every once in a while >^..^<

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

or every week

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Momba
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Momba
4 years ago

It is good to have a refresher. I love the way you make that cute little kitty face! I just have to try it.

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Roz A.
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Roz A.
4 years ago

>^..^<

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