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Congratulations! You’re the proud pet parent of an adorable new kitten. But before you bring your new kitten home, there are a few things you should know. Consult these tips to make sure your home is ready for your furry bundle of joy.1. Set up a suitable place—or several—for a catnap Cats sleep. A lot. Up to 15 hours a day on average, so yours is going to spend a lot of time napping in this special space. Kittens are used to snuggling up to their moms and siblings for comfort and warmth, so they prefer to curl up in snug areas. Beds lined with soft, warm blankets or towels work best. 2. Provide a private potty It’s important that your kitten’s litter box is located in a convenient spot, but that it is not close to their food and water stations. Cats do not like that smell near their food, and can you blame them? You should also make sure that if you have another cat, your new kitten has its own litter box. The rule of thumb, says the American Association of Feline Practitioners, is one litter box per cat, plus one. 3. Poison-proof your pad We all know what they say about cats and curiosity. In order to avoid poison pitfalls, keep harmful items out of reach. The ASPCA has tagged the following as worthy of extra attention in your home: citronella candles, flea products, vitamins, rat and mouse bait, mothballs, liquid potpourri and fabric softener sheets. 4. Stock up on toys Cats love to stalk, chase and pounce. According to our experts, a two-week-old kitten already has a natural desire to play with toys. Provide plenty of toys, such as toy fishing poles, catnip toys, stuffed animals and feathered strings to keep your kitten physically fit and mentally alert. 5. Save your beautiful couch A cat’s claws need to be worn down, so unless you want your furniture shredded, it’s best to provide an approved scratching space early on. There are a variety of options available such as carpeted or sisal scratching posts, cardboard scratchers, cat trees, and more! Offering a variety of approved scratching options lessens the chance that your feline friend will have to find one on its own.
Everyone loves the rich, brilliant colors of saltwater fish, and it goes without saying that their presence in an aquarium adds a vivid boost to any pet parent’s life. But there are some things that you probably did not know about saltwater aquarium fish. Read on for five fun facts that just might surprise you. Did you know… 1. Not all saltwater fish are the same. You’re probably already familiar with the wide range of colors, shapes and sizes of saltwater fish, but did you also know that some saltwater fish are herbivores, some are carnivores, and some are omnivores? It’s wise to keep these differences in mind when selecting fish for your aquarium, so you can provide the correct diet for each inhabitant. 2. Saltwater fish drink water. Unlike their freshwater counterparts, saltwater fish drink water. Thanks to the effects of osmosis, they must drink water in order to compensate for the water that is being drawn out of their bodies. In the case of freshwater fish, the water is drawn into their bodies instead of out, thus eliminating the need to drink. 3. They use all five senses. While they might not see, hear, smell, touch and taste in exactly the same way we do, fish possess all five senses and use them to locate food, detect danger and communicate with one another. 4. Fish are smart. Don’t underestimate the cognitive power of saltwater fish. They are more than able to communicate with each other (and with you) by exhibiting certain signals and behaviors, so observe your fish closely in order to interpret their behavior. 5. Not all saltwater fish are friends. Fish are grouped into categories such as “community”, “semi-aggressive”, or “aggressive” when talking about compatibility, however, even fish that are coined “community” may not play nice. Some species get along with other fish, but are aggressive to their own species, while others may only get along with their own species if they are a mated pair. Some male fish like to live in a harem; in a group of all females, and will fight if other males are introduced to the tank. It is imperative that you research the behaviors and characteristics of each species you choose to add to your aquarium to make sure they are compatible with the existing residents.
The arrival of a new cat is an exciting time, but it can also be a bit nerve-wracking. How can you ensure that you’re making your cat as comfortable as you can during this potentially stressful time of transition? Here are six tips that will keep your kitty content and make them feel at home in no time: 1. Give them time. As much as you would like your new cat to be a loving companion, you can’t expect instant affection from your new friend. Cats require time to evaluate an unfamiliar situation and to become acquainted with a new family. The days of cozy kitty cuddles will come—if you don’t rush. 2. Give them space—but not too much space. Your new cat sure acts like your home is their castle. But don't give them free rein—the best way to make a new cat feel at home is to restrict them to a limited area for the first few days, recommends the Humane Society of the United States—which allows the cat time to adjust and become comfortable in their new surroundings. 3. Provide your new cat with comforts. Outfit your cat’s new home with items that will make them feel comfortable and relaxed. A scratching post, a litter box, a cat bed, a balcony for resting and plenty of toys will provide your cat with a comfy, cozy place to call home. 4. Make changes slowly. Cats are routine-oriented individuals, so when a cat is already facing the changes that come from being transported to a new home, it’s important to provide as much stability as possible in the other areas of their life. Minimize stress by slowly transitioning them to a new food if you need to improve their nutrition, don’t switch brands of kitty litter, and be considerate of your cat as they adjust to their new surroundings. 5. Make proper introductions. If there are other pets in your home, take time to introduce your new cat into the mix. The Humane Society suggests a gradual introduction that allows your pets to become slowly accustomed to one another. Never leave newly introduced pets alone unsupervised until you are sure that each pet is accepting of the other. 6. Show affection. While it’s important not to rush your new cat, you also don’t want to withhold any attention or affection from them, especially during this stressful period of transition. Make yourself available and let them seek you out, and then provide plenty of petting, scratching and attention to reaffirm your cat’s positive feelings.
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If you’ve recently adopted or purchased a puppy, don’t panic! Although you may be feeling overwhelmed by the responsibility of parenting your pet, you'll quickly see how much love your puppy can give you in return for your time, affection and effort. Here are some tips for surviving those first few weeks as a puppy parent.Purchase a crate for your puppy. Even though your puppy cries at night, don’t let your new puppy sleep in your bed. A puppy needs a crate where they can rest, learn the house rules and practice potty training (dogs don't like to soil their sleeping space). Your puppy should sleep in their crate at night and be placed there when you’re not at home or able to supervise them but allowed out for plenty of exercise time. Place a soft toy in the crate. Many puppies use a plush toy as a pillow. Your puppy is cuddling up to the toy because it reminds them of their littermates. Some pet parents choose to place a ticking clock near the crate because it sounds like a comforting heartbeat. Other types of toys, such as chew toys, squeaky toys or rope toys, can keep your puppy mentally stimulated while in the crate, which will prevent boredom, whining, barking and digging. Gate an area for your puppy, and hold them on a leash. Your puppy shouldn’t be kept in the crate all the time. A puppy needs to have space to play with you and with their toys. It’s best to gate an area where your teething puppy can’t do any damage and be sure to have an array of teething toys available. If you are taking your puppy outside of an enclosed space, make sure to use a 6-foot leash to keep them close to you, so you can keep an eye on them. Hold the leash at all times, rather than tying it to something and leaving the puppy alone, which can be dangerous. Pick up the food bowl after eating. It’s best to keep the puppy’s toys, water and food in the gated area. Although the water bowl can stay on the floor, your puppy needs to learn to eat their meals and not nibble food all day so remove the food bowl after chow time. Accidents will happen. Even though you are taking your puppy out on a leash quite frequently to the same general area to do his business, accidents will still happen. When your puppy has an accident, wipe it up and take the paper towel and your puppy immediately outside. Let your puppy sniff the paper towel but experts recommend against handling accidents with punishment: do not hit your puppy or rub their nose in the soiled towel. Go to the vet. As soon as possible, take your puppy to a veterinarian for a routine checkup. Your veterinarian can help you make sure your puppy receives the necessary vaccinations to remain healthy, and advise on key milestones like when you can start socializing your puppy or begin training classes.
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Wish you could have spoiled your pup a bit more over the holidays? Still dreaming about that amazing saltwater tankand coral reef you want to grow? Maybe you want to dedicate an entire room of your home to Fluffy, complete with every cat tree we carry… If you are inspired to create the perfect environment for your pets or just want to spoil the pets in your life, make sure you enter our Win Your Pins Contest! Go to petco.com/pinterest for a chance to win up to $10,000 in Petco products!A quick overview is to simply register at petco.com/pinterest, then follow @Petco on Pinterest, create a board called “My Pet Dreamboard” and start pinning with inspiration from Petco.com by February 28th, 2014! Frequently Asked Questions: Q: How many times can I enter? A: You only need to register your Pinterest account once, and then create a board titled “My Pet Dreamboard”. Pinterest sets a limit of 100,000 pins should you plan to be an overachiever. Q: Can I name my board something else? A: No, our contest engine won’t recognize anything other than “My Pet Dreamboard”. Q: How and when will the winners be chosen? A: Winners are chosen at random on or about March 3, 2014. Q: Can I win anything I pin in “My Pet Dreamboard”? A: If you are the Grand Prize winner, you will win a minimum of $1,000 in Petco gift cards and the value of your pins from petco.com up to an additional $9,000 in Petco gift cards. See official rules for more details at petco.com/pinterest Q: What if I already follow @Petco on Pinterest? A: Awesome! Just make sure you register for the contest at petco.com/pinterest, create your “My Pet Dreamboard” and start pinning! Q: When does the sweepstakes end? A: February 28, 2014
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