Feed your pet
Do you think your pet is sick?
Feed your pet a consistent diet of quality food. Don't change your pet's brand of food too often—it can cause stomach problems.
When you change brands, mix old food with new food for at least three days. It helps them get accustomed to the new food without abruptly changing their diet.
Look into your own family's animal allergies. If you suspect family allergies check with a doctor before getting any pet.
Where to get your pet
You can get your pet from many different places:
- A pet store has its pros and cons;
- Adoption might work for you;
- The Humane Society is an inexpensive way to find a pet;
- Breeders are another option when looking for a pet.
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Name your pet
Now that you've got your pet, the next step would be to name it. This is one of the best parts.
What you name your pet is up to you. Usually you find a name that just seems to fit your pet.
Sometimes when you get your first pet, people will suggest names. Another place to get names is from your favorite books, movies, TV shows, music, etc.
Some people use names related to the type of pet they have.
For instance, a pig or a guinea pig could have the names Hammy, Piggy or Bun Bun.
More than one kind of pet?
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Before you bring more than one kind of pet into your family, make sure the species agree with each other.
For example, do cats and birds get along? No, because cats are predators and birds are prey. You can't take away their instinct no matter how hard you try.
It's not worth losing your bird to a hungry cat!
However, you could have rabbits and guinea pigs in the same house.
Research and ask questions to a veterinarian or an expert before bringing any animals together.
Pets can get jealous of each other. Make sure you give them all an equal amount of attention.When introducing pets to each other, do it under very strict supervision and on neutral territory. Emma says, "Find out what your pet needs at Pet Health 101."
Companions for life
Owning a pet takes a lot of responsibility, a great deal of time and there are so many obstacles.
With research, time and a little patience, most of these can be overcome and you will have a special companion for many years.