Anyone who has pets will relate that often, the majority of pet lovers come in two varieties: cat people and dog people. Of course, there are the lucky ones who can love both equally, but they will be the first to tell anyone that dogs and cats are very different animals, with very different temperaments, personalities, and tastes. For instance, dogs are generally known for being loyal, openly affectionate, and protective, while cats are mostly independent, mildly playful, and sleepy.
In many cases, young to middle-aged dogs can be jumpy, clumsy and loud; although an active feline may be just as rambunctious, if not more so. Each animal comes with its own challenges, so when a person with particular liking for one finds themselves in the company of the other, it may call for a higher degree of patience and tolerance to understand and befriend the furry new member of the family.
First, if the new pet is a puppy or kitten, the main challenge is to prepare the home just as any family does when expecting a baby, which means ensuring the little one’s environment is as safe for them as possible, and making sure all necessary supplies are on hand. Puppies can be exceptionally playful from a very young age, so an appropriate dog toy will be helpful in keeping them entertained, as well as deterring them from engaging objects in their surroundings, which they should never be playing with.
Likewise, for kittens, a variety of scratching posts or carpets can play an important role in keeping the kitten’s claws away from an ill-fated couch or favorite pair of shoes. If the pet will be spending any time outdoors on a regular basis, it is a good idea to purchase or create a shelter to protect the animal from the elements and extreme weather.
Dog houses are also excellent for giving a puppy a sense of ownership, even privacy if they seek it. Dog houses may even make great shelters for cats as well, as long as the dog does not mind sharing the space. Finally, it is important to make sure that the new pet has the best choice for food available to them, ensuring a healthy diet that is appropriate for their age and activity level.