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Pet Adoption: Tips and Advice

April 30th is National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day!

And before you make the decision to adopt a shelter pet, I wanted to share with you some helpful advice and tips, so that it all works out well for you and your forever pet ๐Ÿ™‚

I usually blog about writing, but this is an important topic that I wanted to share! โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

I used to rescue cats in California, and more recently I adopted my own dog (from the Humane Society). His name is Tyson and he brings so much joy into my life!

My silly boy!

So, here are some…

Simple Tips & Advice for Pet Adoption

1. Give them time.

When you bring your pet home, there might be a period of awkwardness, confusion, and even fear. When I first brought home my dog Tyson, he didn’t seem to have a personality. He was very shy and didn’t like to be near us much.

Time to adjust is often normal and necessary.

But after a while, Tyson began to get used to our routines. He knew when it was bedtime and when it was time to get up. He knew when to expect walks, where his food was, and how often he would go potty.

And little by little, he warmed up to my family and started being playful, silly, and happy!

Please, please, please. Give your pets time to recover from their trauma, to adjust to a new routine, and to feel safe with you.

2. Separate food and litter for cats, food and garbage can for dogs.

Way too often, I see new pet-owners with the following set up: water bowl, food bowl, litter box… all next to each other! Or for dogs: water bowl, food bowl, the family garbage can. YUCK!

To avoid house-training issues, find a clean place for food/water, and a completely separate place for the gross stuff.

I mean, you wouldn’t want to eat next to a used toilet ๐Ÿคจ So, use the same principle for your new pets. This prevents so many health and potty issues!

3. Take time to exercise them.

Simply and bluntly put: If you don’t have extra time, don’t get a pet. You’ll need to interact with your new pet to help them get used to their new environment, and like us, pets need entertainment!

An animal full of energy is trouble.

When your cat or dog is wound up and pent up full of energy, that’s when behavior problems creep up. Destruction is what happens when a pet gets super bored. To avoid any destruction of property, misbehavior, or other issues, take the time to play with your pet.

It can be as simple as playing tug-o-war with a toy, going for a walk, or moving around a piece of string for your cat.

Important: Fleas when the cat/dog is too young for flea medication

While rescuing cats/kittens in California, I came across this problem. Sometimes kittens and puppies get fleas… but they are too young for flea medication.

The solution? DAWN!

Simple Dawn dish-detergent.

No special kind, just the plain ol’ Dawn that’s about $1. No bleach, no special features, just good old plain Dawn. It is gentle on the animal, and it kills fleas! I used to wash kittens with Dawn (taking care to keep the water warm, then keep them warm until they dried).

Keep a cup with Dawn in it, no bubbles, just the detergent at the bottom, and throw any fleas in there. The detergent at the bottom sucks them in.

If a lot of fleas come out of your rescue animal (like, if you found it outside) then after your kitten/puppy is warm and drying, take some hot water and run it through your sink. Some fleas make their way back up the drain if you don’t.

And there you have it! That’s my simple, straightforward advice to make sure you and your new pet are happy and healthy and full of joy!

Any tips? Share in the comments!

Take care,


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6 thoughts on “Pet Adoption: Tips and Advice

  1. I adopted my cat from our local shelter over five years ago (I can’t believe it’s been that long already!!!) We had a bit of a rough time at the beginning – he had a parasite, and had been living on the streets, so he was a terror around food (he even ate stuff out of my frying pan while I was cooking!!!! Super scared that he was going to get hurt). While it was tough, we got through it (it helped that I made strict “no people food for the cat” rules in my house that I still have to this day). Totally worth it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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