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A New Pet Owner's Guide to Supplies

Cats, dogs, fish and birds are among the most popular pets to have. When you're thinking of bringing a new pet home, there are a few important things to prepare for so your pet and everyone in the house is comfortable and healthy. If there are already other pets in the household, then many of the necessary supplies may already be there. However, if the new pet is a first, then check out what we have to offer to ensure your pet has everything it needs to be happy and comfortable in its new home.

Cats

Cats are known as being very self-sufficient. That may be so, but they still need a little help from their human companion. Important supplies to have on hand for a new kitty include the all-necessary litter box, which should be large enough to allow the cat to fit in completely and turn around with ease. When selecting from our selection of food and water bowls, look for ones that are wide yet shallow. Cats have whiskers that are highly sensitive, and narrow bowls can be uncomfortable to them.

Cats are very curious creatures, so keeping them active helps keep them out of mischief. You can achieve this with scratching posts, crinkly toys and laser toys. Although cats sleep anywhere they want, a round or oval pet bed is ideal for a cat. Be aware of laws governing outdoor cats in your community, and the cat should have a collar with identification tags on it, including information like address or phone number. Choose cat food that mimics what a cat would eat in the wild, such as chicken and fish, making sure that they have the nutrients that cats need. Clumping litters are easy to clean and maintain, especially with a sifting scoop. A brush or dematting tool and nail scissors are also handy to have. Cats with fleas can benefit from collars or sprays that kill fleas without harming them. You can buy your cat litter here and your cat litter boxes here.

Dogs

Dogs and puppies are usually much more energetic than cats, and time outside is vital to a dog's health. Collars and leashes are a necessity unless a dog has its own space to run in. As with cats, ID tags are must-have items. Determine how much food you need to feed your dog in a normal meal and choose appropriate food and water bowls. The food should have all the nutrients a growing puppy and dog needs in its diet.

Like cats, dogs need toys to play with to keep them occupied. We have a complete line of squeaky toys and balls that can keep a dog's attention for hours. Chew toys made of rawhide not only occupy dogs but give them something to keep their minds off food. When training, it is sometimes necessary to confine dogs until they learn where they can go and not go in the home. So crates and gates may be necessary. Depending on the size of the dog, a small bed with sides or a large, pillow-like bed may be suitable. For dogs with a backyard to run and play in, a doghouse is a nice thing for them to have. Dogs are frequent victims of flea and tick infestations, and we have several options owners have for treating them.

Fish

For tropical fish to thrive, they need to live in an environment that regulates the water temperature and filters the water of algae and other contaminants. Mid-sized and large-sized aquariums are best for beginners. Mid-sized aquariums hold between 20 and 40 gallons of water and are between 24 and 48 inches long, 12 and 18 inches wide and 12 to 20 inches high. Large aquariums range between 50 and 180 gallons and are between 36 and 72 inches long, 13 and 24 inches wide and 19 inches and 28 inches high. Decide what fits best in your space, the type of and how many fish you want to have and how much time you want to spend cleaning the aquarium when needed. Other essential parts of an aquarium include filter, heater, lights, substrate and decorations. Tropical fish eat fish meal flakes that are high in vitamins and nutrients to meet their dietary needs. To check and maintain the water, chlorine remover and test kits are essential. We also have test kits to check for issues related to pH level, ammonia and nitrate to keep your fish alive and vibrant.

Birds

Keeping birds in the home does not require much expense. The key purchases necessary for caring for a pet bird besides the bird itself are a cage, toys, accessories and food. Cages should be large enough to allow the bird to flap and spread its wings. It should be rectangular in shape wider than it is higher. It is a good idea to have a second cage for transport, such as to the veterinarian. There should be at least one perch and even two or three, with each set at different heights. Ladders are also a good way to help your bird get exercise. Food should consist of seeds, fruit, nuts and vegetables, served in a bowl or attached to a feeder that hangs in the cage. Toys and mirrors are also good ideas.

People who have small animals like hamsters and gerbils, reptiles like turtles and snakes and even farm animals have many options for the care and feeding of their animals. We carry a complete line of pet and animal food and supplies for livestock and indoor pets at affordable prices too. Save money. Live Better.

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