How To Properly Take Care Of Your Family Pet

This post may contain affiliate links.
Thank you for visiting Cori's Cozy Corner! Please make sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and subscribe to our E-mails!

Your pet is a part of the family and should be treated as such. Regardless of the type of animal, whether it’s a cat, dog, bird, rabbit, turtle, hamster, fish, or something else, there is a level of responsibility that comes with owning them. Even if you do not need to walk a fish, you must clean the bowl regularly to ensure it lives a long and happy fish life. Showing your unconditional love for your pet should always come first, and this will always be reciprocated back (although with a fish it’s harder to tell). Do you have the necessary budget in order to care for them? You must also guarantee that your home is properly equipped for their needs, you engage in the necessary daily activity, provide the right diet, groom or clean them, visit the vet, as well as do additional research as is needed.

Unconditional love

Your pet will love you unconditionally, and you must return this love back in order to build a good relationship together. Of course, it will be easier to tell there is a strong bond with some animals than with others. A fish will not love you like a dog. Regardless, you must look after them and provide them with everything they need to live a happy life, details for which are expanded on in the upcoming sections.


Owning a pet is expensive, and so you must make sure that your budget is prepared for it. The idea of owning a furry companion is cute, but if you cannot pay for their everyday needs, you are ruining both of your lives. The cost of a dog will be much greater than that of a fish or hamster, for instance, and it is important that you only adopt the pet that best suits your current lifestyle. There is no point in working non-stop, only to be able to afford your pet’s training. You won’t even get to spend time with your companion if this is all you do!

Preparing your home

Is your home prepared for your pet? Remember, this is an additional family member that requires their own space. If you own a bird, for example, you will need a big cage that is the right size for them. Even cats and dogs need their own sleeping space that you should make room for. Throw out any choking hazards that are on the floor and easy to reach, and even put your shoes away if your puppy has a habit of chewing on them.  Your cabinets should also have a lock in case a furry pet opens one up with their nose and starts poking their head in poisonous household cleaning supplies.

Daily activity

Some animals require daily activity, and this is particularly true for dogs. You need to set time aside in your schedule to take them out for walks, and you can also take turns doing this with different family members. Once again, this is something that will improve your pet’s wellbeing and it must be given top priority. Even if you have hamster, you should purchase a wheel they can use, or buy a bigger tank for your fish so they have enough swimming space.

The right diet

The same way you look out for your health through what you eat, you must do the same for your family pet. Some have stricter dietary needs than others, but you must abide by this in order to make sure they are well and strong. The good news is that there are also plenty of online sites available where you can order what you need directly to your doorstep. If you own a rabbit or hamster, for instance, you should only purchase hay that is rich in nutrients to help them grow, such as alfalfa hay. Small animals always need fiber in their daily diet, and you must accommodate this by keeping a fresh supply of hay daily.

Grooming and cleaning

Your companion and their environment must be cleaned. If they are furry, you will need to bring them to a professional who can trim their long fur, especially in the summer. You must also buy the right soap for your animal, as they cannot use what regular people do. Then, there is the matter of cleaning their environment. Whether you have a fish, lizard, hamster, or another pet that has a tank or cage, you will have to occasionally clean it in order to maintain their good health.

Visit the vet

As a person, you visit your family doctor ever so often to ensure that your health is in top shape. You must do the same for your pet, but bring them to the vet, instead. Even animals have to get their annual vaccines and shots in order to be healthy. Choose a place that isn’t too far from where you live, but one that also has good reviews from others. You are trusting someone with your pet’s wellbeing, after all. Making an appointment ever so often is also a necessary precautionary measure, even if nothing appears to be amiss.

Continuous research

The research should never end when it comes to your additional family companion. You should monitor their wellbeing depending on the current routine you have in place and the food they eat, in order to tweak it accordingly. Of course, when in doubt, you should also always visit a professional that can give them the appropriate treatment. Lastly, do not forget the importance of playing with them and buying them toys. At the end of the day, you want to create the best possible environment for them.

Taking care of your pet should not be a chore, it should simply become a habit you don’t think twice about. After all, when you wake up in the morning, you do not dwell on the fact that you must change your clothes, brush your teeth, eat and so on. A pet cannot take care of themselves, and so you must help them out. It will teach everyone in the family to be responsible, and your pet will be loyal and always love you for simply being there for them. They are a life-long friend, and must be treated right.



Cori's Cozy Corner Disclosure Policy

Speak Your Mind


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.