Ask Away...: Pet Problems: You Need To Understand These Challenges Of A New Addition To Your Family

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Pet Problems: You Need To Understand These Challenges Of A New Addition To Your Family

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For a lot of people, no home is complete without the addition of a pet. Not everyone is going to have the same taste in pets, but it's definitely understandable why so many people really love bringing a new addition into their homes. Pets bring a sense of companionship and love; help kids become more responsible, and they often bring families closer together. Of course, the biggest mistake that you can make when you're thinking of bringing a pet into your home is to assume that it's going to be all sunshine and rainbows all of the time. It's surprising just how often so many people tend to forget about the sheer amount of hard work that goes into having any pet, especially a family pet like a dog or a cat. Here are some of the challenges you need to be aware of when it comes to bringing a new pet into the home.

Leaving them alone

A pet is a serious commitment. If you're not fully aware of that fact, then you're simply not in a position to bring one into your home in the first place. It's not just a matter of training, feeding and caring for a pet. You've got to be aware of the impact it will have on your entire routine. If you decide to get a dog then leaving them on their own may become a serious issue. Many dogs find being left alone very upsetting and even those that don't often find themselves becoming bored. Dogs that are left alone to get bored can run riot in your home, often chewing everything they can get their hands on. You should try and find some toys for them to chew on, preferably pretty sturdy ones unless you fancy buying a new one every two days. Plenty of companies claim to have indestructible toys, but companies like Tuftoys are confident enough that they will invite you to "try our durable dog toys here" so that you can see for yourself! Of course, if you don't want to deal with that, you could always choose a more independent pet like a cat.

Existing pets

If there's one thing that a lot of people fail to consider, it's the impact that a new addition can have on any existing pets in your house. You might previously have thought that your pets were incredibly relaxed and happy meeting other animals, but that wasn't on their home turf. A lot of the time animals can be much more aggressive when another pet arrives in what they consider to be their territory. The same goes for the new pet. You need to make sure that any animal that you're bringing home is comfortable around other animals in the first place, but is also happy being around your pet specifically. The best thing to do is to have them meet in a neutral environment first a few times so that they can get used to each other. After that, you can start introducing the new pet to your home. Only when you're totally sure that they will both be happy should you fully commit. It might seem like a lot of work, but if you're not careful, both animals could end up incredibly unhappy.

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