Assuming You Have Made the Choice
Or Your New Animal Friend
Has Made The Choice For You
To Have a Pet / Animal Companion
What Do You Need To Know?
What Do You Do First?
First What Do I Feed My New Friend?
Second What Sleeping and
Do I Need to Make For My New Friend?
1.What To Feed Your New Friend, How Much How Often.
If it is a Cat or Dog there are Plenty of choices at your corner Market or Nearby Mega Store. Buy A Name Brand in a Small box or Bag and try it out. See if your friend will eat it. Always provide clean water in a Tip Proof bowl along with the food. Read the label for serving size suggestions.
Having lived with numerous Dogs and Cats over my 56 years of Life. I have seen Much That They Will or Will Not Eat Depending on Time, Place and Upbringing.
2. Make sure you have a Secure Location Both You and Your New Friend will be Comfortable allowing Them To Sleep At. This can Range From a Simple folded towel in the Corner to Ornate Doggy or Cat Beds.
Ask Yourself Some Simple Questions. Can I Keep It Clean or Replace it as needed? Does My New Friend Seem Inclined to use It As Intended? Is It Free From Drafts, Annoying Human Traffic, Little Kids with Sharp Sticks or Other Dangerous Situations?
Dogs Tend to Select a Location Under Foot If You Do Not Make a Choice For Them and Enforce it. They Do Like To Be Near You So Keep That In Mind As You Make Your Arrangements for the First Week, With Young Puppies an Alarm Clock which Makes a Ticking Noise placed Under a Towel Will Help Them Settle in as They are used to their Mothers Heart Beat being Within Hearing Range.
Cats will Sleep Where They Will, On Your Lap While You Sleep In Front of The Boob Tube, On your Face at Four In The morning If they Have Access. Security Works Both Ways and Locked Doors Help Protect Both You And Your New Friend From Death By Misadventure. Our Cat Sleeps on Top of a Portable Canvas Wardrobe in a Hallway. Our Dog Can Not Get At Her There.
Until At Least a Month Has Passed Be On Your Toes Every Time An Outside Door Is Opened Least Your New Friend Runs Out To Play In Traffic. Have Your Friend Leashed Or in A Travel Case Before Opening the Door to The World.
3. Choose and Set up Potty Arrangements in Agreement with Your Inclinations and Local Ordnances Regarding the Same. For Cats A Good Litter Box, Puppies Lots of Newspaper, Older Dogs You Will Need A Pooper Scoop, Gloves and Plastic Bags Handy in Most Urban Areas.
But You Say It Is Not a Dog or
You Will Be Sharing Life With.
Same Rules Apply Different Answers Will Be Forthcoming.
First Is It A Wild Animal
You Are Willing To Do Jail Time For Keeping At Home.
Or Is It A Semi Wild Animal
Such As A Soon To Be Large Snake
Purchased At a Local Pet Store.
Only Two Primary Concerns Again
Feeding and Security.
Then The Not So Minor After The Feeding Clean Up.
I Had a Large Common Boa For 32 Years.
Snakes and Reptiles Need Hot
Areas in Their Lodgings Along With Clean Water Daily.
To Protect Them From Their Own
You Need To Make Sure The Lodgings Are In Fact.
I Repeat Escape Proof
7 Feet Long 14 Pounds
At Full Growth
Started Out at 19 Inches
and Under a Pound.
Lived In a Glass 70 Gal. Aquarium
With a Ventilated Wooden Lid
Held Down by Thirty Pounds or More of Lead Bars and Heavy Books
With No Climbing Sticks To Allow Leverage Against the Lid.
Heating Was By A Heating Pad In the Center Under the Stone Floor Set on Low Year Round.
UV Lamps Which Many Reptiles Need Should Be Only Turned on When You Are Near By. Friends of Mine Lost Several Snakes in A Fire Started By a Short Circuit in a UV Lamp.
Escapes Still Occurred with
Frustrating Days of Searching and Taking Walls Apart To Recover
Palikula and Ensure He Was Fed and Watered as Needed.
Also Make Sure Others
Especially Willful Visiting Brats
Can Not Gain Access
To Potentially Dangerous Pets
The Weeks Spent In Court
Are Not A Fun Time and You Will In Most Cases Lose Your Friend
Well Before the First Court Hearing.
Feeding: You have a Choice of Foods your Pet Dealer can Arrange for You. Snakes and Meat Eating Reptiles can Be Feed Live or Dead Prey. Other Furry Friends have their Own Specialized Dietary Needs. Do Not Be Cheap Buy
At Least 2 of the Newest and Most Up to Date Books the Dealer has for your New Friends Species.
Read Them Cover To Cover
Go To The Library and Find Three More Background Books and Read Them Cover To Cover
Now You are Prepared To
Properly Care For Your New Friend.
Make Your Choices, Make A Plan and Stick With
Both You and Your New Friend Will Prosper From You Efforts.
Links In No Particular Order
American Kennel Club http://www.akc.org/
Breed Guide http://www.breedguide.com/
Dog Owners Guide http://www.canismajor.com/dog/index.html
The American Association of Cat Fanciers http://www.acfacats.com/
the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists
(That is Fish And Reptiles) http://www.asih.org/
Dog Breed Info Center http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/
American Animal Hospital Association Two Page Links
1. Healthy Pet .com http://www.healthypet.com/index.aspx main page
2. Healthy Pet
Society of the United States http://www.hsus.org/
I do Not Believe in this Organization Political Positions but
They do have some good resources online.
Veterinary Medical Association
Paws for Pets
Animal Society Pet Care Tips
Pet Place .com http://www.petplace.com/
PetDoc.com http://www.animed.org/ /
Same People in Middle of Moving Site to PetDoc.com
Companion Bird Association Link Page
Companion Bird Association Home Page
Pet Info .org Small Animal Page http://petinfo.org/small.shtml
Pet Info .org Home http://petinfo.org/
eHow on Pet
Rats (I have had Many Pet Rats)
Pet Rat Care Page http://petcare.suite101.com/article.cfm/pet_rats
R.A.T.S http://www.petrats.org/ Rat Assistance & Teaching Society
Rat and Mouse Information Pages
American Fancy Rat & Mouse Association http://www.afrma.org/
Talk to the
Vet .com on Snakes
TalkToTheVet.com home http://talktothevet.com/index.html
So You Want
A Pet Snake Tutorial
http://www.robinsfyi.com/index.html lots of
Questions answered here.
Boa Tips .com http://www.boatips.com/ Massive Snake Resource Site.
Pet Insurance http://www.petcareinsurance.com/
Veterinary Partner http://www.veterinarypartner.com/
Simple Pet Care http://www.simplepetcare.com/
Terrific Pets http://www.terrificpets.com/
Practical Pet Care http://www.practical-pet-care.com/
Hermit Crabs http://www.thefunplace.com/house/pets/hermit.html
A Family page with Good Resource links for Ferret Care
Pet Skunks OOPS http://www.skunk-info.org/
Skunk Haven http://www.skunkhaven.net/
Pet Skunk Wiki http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet_skunk
domestic Skunk Association
Domestic Skunks.com http://www.domesticskunks.com/
Aspen Skunk Rabies Research http://www.aspenskunk.org/
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