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Pets provide unconditional love and support to their owners and many care for their pets as if they’re family members. As you embark on this journey, keep in mind that pet ownership is a huge responsibility.
Your bond with your new pet develops over time, and soon you will discover your parenting style. From showing your furry friend unconditional love to finding the best ways to care for their needs, there are many different ways you can function as a cat owner.
Here are three common types of pet owners to help you figure out which one you are or strive to become.
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For all our first-time pet owners, we know this is a challenging time. Being a new pet parent means you might be spending a lot of your day focused on your pet’s health and wellbeing. You might be researching the best cat food or how to train your cat to come on command. These are just a few of the many questions you might be asking yourself as a Newbie Nyomi.
Don’t feel bad about being a newbie — It’s often best to do plenty of research before adopting your new companion. Try reading the latest cat owner tips and tricks to prepare yourself. Keep in mind that since this is your first pet you will probably have to buy a lot of supplies to care for your new family member.
Pet parents who identify as a helicopter Hayden are constantly near their pets ready to solve any problem that may arise. Being overprotective isn’t a bad thing, especially as a pet owner because your parenting style can increase your bond with your furry friends. Think of helicopter parents as velcro — they are fastened to their pets. You might even notice a helicopter pet parent running errands with their emotional support cat in a purse or stroller.
Another common type of pet owner is the spoiler Sayuri, who provides zero boundaries or rules when it comes to their four-legged companions. Of course, getting attached to your new cat is normal, but spoiling them is a whole new territory. Spoiling your kitten with new toys and endless love is fine, but ignoring bad behavior or not setting boundaries in your home can lead to unhealthy habits. If you are a spoiler Sayuri, “no” might not be in your vocabulary. Before your cat takes up more than half of your space, it might be time to reevaluate your spoiling practices.
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As you embark on your pet parenting journey, keep in mind these tips to become a better pet owner.
- Reward good behavior with treats
- Clean up your cat’s litter box to eliminate harmful bacteria
- Create a healthy diet with a proper feeding schedule
- Monitor cat’s health and schedule routine check-ups
- Establish healthy boundaries in your home
- Obtain pet insurance to cover your cat in case of an emergency
As you enter this new and exciting chapter of pet ownership, make sure you pay attention to your habits to find out your pet owner traits.
Still unsure which type of pet owner you are? Check out the infographic below for more information.
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