Get Ready for Your New Furry Friend
If you have other pets in your home, plan the introduction of your new family member carefully. Read these articles for guidelines:
Pet-Proof Your Home
Your new furry friend will most likely want to explore every inch of her new environment. Make sure to:
- Move poisons and hazards out of harm's way
- Secure low cabinets and remove shoes, cords, or other items that may be chewed
- Remove toxic houseplants and cleaning products
Look Into Licensing
King County residents are required to obtain pet licenses. You can visit King County's website for more information. Seattle residents may also obtain licenses directly from the City of Seattle and Renton residents may also get their pet licenses directly from the City of Renton.
Stock up on essentials — but don't get ahead of yourself. Wait to purchase items like toys and treats until you know more about your pet. It may be neccessary to try several kinds of food before investing in a large supply. Similarly, money for expensive beds, clothes, and toys might be better spent once you have a better handle on your four-legged friend's taste and temperament.
Select a Vet for Your Pet
Locate a good veterinarian, if you don't already have one. Need help? The Washington State Veterinary Medical Association provides listings of animal clinics by zip code and practice type, along with information about selecting a veterinarian.
Critters - Location is Key
The location of your new critter's home is very important. You will need to select a place that is out of drafts and direct sunlight, but also away from heating vents and radiators. Having a stable surface is a must, especially for households with small children and/or dogs that could potentially knock over your critter's abode. The key is to find a spot where your furry friend can be a part of daily family life without being made vulnerable. Since guinea pig and rabbit cages can be quite sizable, it's a good idea to get them in place several days in advance. That way, you and your family will be able to evaluate the location and adjust to the new set-up.
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