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Good Things To Know About Pet Adoption

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Pet Adoption Can Be Hard- Here's Things To Know Beforehand!

Pet adoption can be intimidating. You're welcoming in a new family member, and that requires dedication, training (of both the pet AND yourself), and an open mind and heart. At FurHaven, we know that many of the most vital points in developing a good bond with your new companion occur right at the start of your journey together- with that in mind, we've put together a list of good things to know before pet adoption that will help you on your path to a good friendship with your pet. 


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Tips To Know Before Pet Adoption

Consider Yourself (And How You Will Relate To Your Pet)

You as a person are a unique individual, along with every other cat, dog, bird, rabbit, whichever pet you end up getting. Consider your individual personality, needs, wants, and whatever else influences your lifestyle- these are important, because it is good to look for complimentary characteristics in whichever type of pet you get. It's hard to tell what a pet will be like right off the bat, but certain types of animals might be more like you than others. For example:

  • A dog might be good for you if you find yourself outgoing, spontaneous, or active. Dogs are often social and hyper, need frequent walks, and will be very attached to you, so you will want to remember that when considering what kind of life you want to live with your dog.
  • If you are a little more introverted, prefer your space, and like a good nap, a cat might be more your style. Cats often are aloof and secretive, but very caring and deeply loyal to whomever they choose. This might be more fitting of your style if you prefer a deeper, but less obvious bond. 
  • It is important to remember that just like every person, every pet is unique! You might find a dog that likes it's alone time, or a cat that refuses to leave your side. Most of the time, most animals will follow certain trends of behavior, but there are always exceptions to this rule!

Another part of your life to consider when getting a pet is the people around you, and your environment. Whether you live in a bustling city, a quiet suburb, out in a forest or field, or anywhere else, some places will be better suited for certain pets than others. The people around you like your roommates, family, and friends are also something to consider when getting a pet. Someone allergic to cats probably wouldn't appreciate one in an apartment! 


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Consider Your New Pet's Space

A pet will want a space of their own in your home so that they can safely and comfortably acclimate to the new environment around them. Oftentimes, with a new kitten or puppy, the preferred method is to let them continue to use the box they come home in- tuck it away near a corner or wall, and let them explore as they become comfortable. 


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Find A Veterinarian 

Just like how it is important to know who your care provider is for yourself, it is also important to know who your pet's care provider will most likely be. Do some research in your area and find out which vet you would like to visit. The shelter will provide you with vaccination records and any potential health problems present, but you should still go to the vet right away and get acquainted with them, as well as get a first-time check up. It never hurts to be thorough when it comes to your pet's health!


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Take Their History Into Consideration

If they’re uncomfortable with strangers and you live somewhere with lots of neighbors, bad with kids and you have children, or not great with other animals and you have others - then it may be time to consider something else. As much as it’s difficult to pass up on a friendly or adorable face, it’s more important to find a furry friend who will be safe and comfortable in your home.


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Abused/Stray Animals That You Adopt

Project pets can be tough, but you're doing both you and yourself a kindness when you adopt someone in need of a little more love, and shelter pets can be awesome! Teach them to socialize safely while in your presence, and bring them along with you all the time! Take them to the park, bring them to the pet store if it’s safe, and consider taking them on playdates. They'll learn to be comfortable in potentially uncomfortable situations if they know you're there! 


Consider Other Services

Things like pet training, pet insurance, and other possible services you can obtain for your pet are definitely good to consider when first starting out with a new pet. Pet training, especially for dogs, can be key in the early stages of their development, so it is good to seek out training or school services near you when you first get your new companion. Pet insurance can also be a good idea depending on your financial situation.

Adopting A Cat 

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Whether you’re adopting a kitten or an older cat, it’s important to know a few things that make the difference. Cats can sometimes be a little less trusting than dogs are initially, and making sure that you find the right friend to bring into your family, as well as all the things they’ll need to feel comfortable, is an essential part of cat adoption.

Cat Proof Your Home

Make sure your home is ready for a new kitty! There’s lots of things you can do to prepare your home. By making sure they’re comfortable and have all their things ready for them, you can set you and you cat up to be best friends furever.

Set Up Cat Scratchers

Place scratchers in areas of the house that kitty might be interested in. Some common areas are:

  • Rugs
  • Backs of couches
  • Table or chair legs
  • Door frames

Gear For Cats

We've got all your scratching needs covered. Here's a few products to help you get started.

Carpet Post Cover

This carpet post cover is the purrfect way to spruce up an old sisal post, or to protect areas that kitty might enjoy scratching. With three different sizes, and a hook and loop closure to attach them to almost anything, you can find a place to satisfy kitty and keep your upholstery safe!

Tiger Tent Corrugated Scratcher with Catnip

A black cat with a collar leaning up against a FurHaven Tiger Tent Corrugated Scratcher with Catnip

Give them a cozy place to snooze, and satisfy their stretch and scratch behaviors all in one! These Tiger Tents are the perfect place to keep your kitty satisfied. 

Need a little more help in the scratching department? Check out our tips to help stop the scratch! 

The Do's and Don'ts to Stop Scratching!

A gray cat's paws scratching on a FurHaven Carpet Post Cover

Choose A Place For The Litter Box 

Make sure that, even if your cat is a kitten, that you have an area established for their litter - and they know where it is. Usually, this is the area you keep them in when you first introduce them. Bathrooms, laundry rooms, and offices are popular areas for litter boxes. Make sure that when you find a spot for their litter, it’s in an area away from their water. 

Usually, keeping their area near their litter is the best option for introducing them into a new home. Set them up in a room nearby and give them a cozy spot to cuddle up! 

Here's a few favorite cuddle spots we recommend!

Oval Bed - Two-Tone Faux Fur & Suede

A black, orange, and white dog, lying in a FurHaven Oval Bed

Give one kitty or a litter a cozy spot to cuddle! This Oval Bed has super soft faux fur and cushioned walls for comfort and support. Not all cats hate beds - especially such a cozy one like this!

Self-Warming Convertible Cuddle Pet Mat & Bed

An orange and white cat lying in a FurHaven Self-Warming Convertible Cuddle Pet Mat & Bed, both of which are on a gray couch

Fluffy, fun and foldable, the FurHaven Cozy Convertible Cuddle Mat is four beds in one. Featuring a simple system of buttons and elastic loops, you can configure the bed to be a cuddly "nest," a soft "couch," a comfy "canoe" or a plush "mat" bed. Whichever way you choose, your kitty will enjoy the cozy comfort of the bed's self-warming core. 

Hide Temptations

Find all the things that your kitty might be attracted to and hide them! This can include food that you usually keep out, electrical wires in areas that your cat finds interesting, and small spaces that they can hide in. 

Cat Personalities  

Cats usually don't have major differences in their personalities except for their age. It's important to ask if the kind of cat you're adopting is right for you! Kittens take a lot of energy and time, but are usually great with kids! Senior cats need less attention and energy, but sometimes come with a lot of vet bills. 

Consider what works for you and find the perfect friend who will fit in!

Tips For Adopting A Dog 

While adopting a cat comes with its challenges, adopting a dog can sometimes be a whole lifestyle change. Make sure to consider your own family or household situation, or even things like your personal energy levels, before adopting a pup! Here’s a few things to consider when adopting a dog. 

Crate Training Your New Dog 

Find them a safe space on day one and keep them there. A crate, for example, is a great place to keep them. Most dogs love being able to have a cozy and safe area at the end of the night. Whether that be a bed, crate, or just a cozy spot on the couch. Providing them somewhere for them to sleep, in a designated area, can help them sleep through the night.

Here's a few extra cozy beds to help them sleep alllll night:

Deluxe Mattress Dog Bed - Minky Faux Fur and Suede Pillow Top

A dark brown dog lying on a FurHaven Deluxe Mattress Dog Bed on deep brown hardwood floor

Great for pets of all ages, this Pillow Top Dog Bed is designed with a fully attached fiberfill pillow atop a mattress base - providing an extra layer of high-loft cushioned support for ultimate lounging comfort. The tufted sleep surface is topped with luxuriously soft minky faux fur that is gentle on noses and paws, paired with elegant and easy-care suede wrapped around the sides. 

Sofa Dog Bed - Plush & Suede

A black, brown, and white dog lying on a FurHaven Sofa Dog Bed, both of which are on a carpet on top of hardwood floor, in front of a fireplace
One of our best sellers, the Plush and Suede Sofa Dog Bed! Whatever position your pet likes to lay in, they'll find nothing but comfort and sweet dreams! With the feel of a couch, your pet will love having their own space to curl into while you'll love having your favorite spot on the couch back! The three bolsters also keep your pup cozy and supported in most standard size crates.

Find Your New Dog's Motivation (And Stick To It)

A lot of pups will find it easier to be motivated to learn if they have something they can be rewarded with. This can be anything you’d like (most enjoy food). Belly or ear scratches, a walk after completing something, or a nice treat to keep them going. Find what motivates them, and don’t stop! Repetition, conditioning, and good motivation are key. 

Some Last Helpful Tips For Adopting A New Pet!

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Be Patient!

Be patient with both yourself and your pet. This can be a challenging thing but you’ll both be thankful for it. Don’t get too upset if you don’t know the answers to everything and have everything planned perfectly. And don’t be too impatient if your furry friend isn’t learning things right away either! 

Surround Yourself In Pet Culture!

Facebook groups, pet themed magazines and newspapers, and any other pet-centric groups are the perfect way to get the help and support you need when it comes to adoption. Social media is a great place to meet other people with similar interests, so if you need advice or ideas on how to adopt - people are usually there!


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