Adopting a Pet

An easy-to-follow review of how to prepare when rescuing cats and dogs

You’ve decided that you want a pet to grace your home, and rightly so. Pets can be purchased, but adopting a pet from pet adoption centres is a rewarding decision that we fully support. Feel free to be thrilled about the idea, but you also need to be prepared. Adopting a new pet comes with 10-20 years of responsibility. You’re going to love and cherish your new furry friend, so we hope you have them in your life for the latter half of this range.

You need to be prepared to adopt a pet. No, we do not mean simply to stock up on dog food or find the softest cat bed you can find for your new pet pal. You need to be ready for the responsibility it comes with, and you need to know how adopting a pet can influence your day-to-day life. 

Do cats like soft beds? The perfect cat bed is warm, comfy and safe. Look for one made with a quality material that is soft and easy to clean and can also keep your cat warm during the winter and cool during the summer. If your cat has anxiety issues, you can consider buying donut bed for cats for her.
Many cats instinctively like to burrow into enclosed spaces like under a blanket, inside a drawer or even a box. It takes time to get to know your new pet and for you to help them feel settled, and it doesn’t stop there. It takes time to get to know your new pet and for you to help them feel settled, and it doesn’t stop there. And what about your adorable dog friend? Does he require an Orthopedic bed for extra comfort?

Let’s take you through the essentials of preparing for a new dog or cat…

Adopting v Buying a Pet

According to Pawbility, Millions of vulnerable animals enter rescue shelters, those who are lucky to be taken into one; that is, so many must be taken out of these shelters. If you consider the ethics of rescuing or purchasing a new pet, then the noble choice is clear.

When adopting a pet from a shelter, you need to consider how they came to arrive there in the first place. Many cats and dogs have had to be cared for especially, and some rehabilitated back into life with humans. You may find that you need to earn the trust of an adopted pet rather than a purchased one.

You may also know less about your new fluffy friend since you adopted them, so you should spend extra time getting to know them. Your furry friends need to be examined by the veterinarian to determine if they have any underlying medical conditions that need to be treated; be sure to secure pet insurance as well. Visit for more information.

This is just one of the ways you should prepare to adopt a new pet…

Key Preparations for Adopting a Pet

  1. Each member of the family will have a role to play -- advise them of their responsibilities.
  2. Sign your new pet up to your local (and trusted) veterinarian as soon as possible.
  3. Set aside as much free time as possible to welcome your pet into their new home and provide them with extra care, especially in the first few days and weeks. However, also give them the space to explore.
  4. Coinciding with this, teach your new pet where their toilet is.
  5. Much like you child-proof a home for toddlers who are enjoying their first steps and sprints of exploring, you may need to take precautions for your new pet. This especially applies if you are adopting a puppy; believe us!
  6. Study them… Make sure you get an insulated dog house to keep an eye on them when they are exploring the house to assess if they do anything dangerous or damaging.
  7. Test your new dog in a safe zone by taking them off the lead.
  8. If you already have a pet, plan your introduction and stay wary of territorial issues.
  9. If you have not decided on which type of cat or dog you want to adopt, then be sure to do some research. Each breed of animal has different behaviours and characteristics.
  10. Coinciding with this, think about your day-to-day life and ensure that you are ready and suitably prepared. Whether you want to adopt a dog or cat says a lot about your personality, but did you know that adopting a new pet can influence and change it over time, each in different ways? This is because your new pet may influence how you spend your time.
  11. Although rescuing an animal usually doesn’t cost anything, this is a reminder that most shelters function through donations. Please be prepared to give them something to help continue their wonderful work.
  12. And finally, be excited! This is a huge chapter of your life, whether this will be your first family pet or even your tenth… there’s no feeling like driving over to the shelter to collect your new tail-wagger or seeing their jubilated faces as they walk through your front door, observing and sniffing everything in sight.

However, the pre-purr-actions for adopting a cat (excuse the pun) and those of adopting a dog are different…

What to Expect After Adopting Your Pet

As much joy and love as your pets bring, the reality is that they take up a lot of your time and also limit how you can spend your time. Don’t worry; this is a small compromise and definitely worth it! This is also different for each pet. Is it a surprise to learn that cat owners tend to travel more, but dog owners visit more local parks?

The advice by Raising Spot, be sure to delve deeper into how your new pet may influence how you spend your time before adopting a pet.

Let’s wrap it up…

Although you have to be prepared for the specific pet you are adopting and be ready to take on the responsibility - you should be excited! Adopting a pet is one of the most rewarding milestones of your life. You can adopt a talkie parrot and become a good companion with it by treating it efficiently with the help of By adopting a pet, you will be rescuing an animal in need and will save yourself money. If that isn’t a win-win scenario, we don’t know what is.

However, rescuing a pet comes with some challenges that you need to be prepared for. And bringing a pet home comes with a lot of responsibilities that you need to ensure you’re ready for. There are also many differences between cats and dogs and individual breeds. Both pets affect your life in different ways and may change how you spend your time.

Remember to open your heart to this change and get ready for all the fun and excitement that will follow!