Your home is also your pet's home. It is important to provide a happy space that provides stimulation, relaxation, and comfort for your pet. After all your pet is part of the family!
Adopting a pet is a wonderful experience, but it is a responsibility not to be taken lightly. Before adopting a pet you have to make sure that you have the time, space, and the means to provide for a pet. One of the biggest mistakes people make is thinking they can keep their home exactly the way it is, meaning mean for humans, and not provide the space that is necessary for their incoming pets.
Yes you must provide the basics like food and water. What about stimulation and security? Cats for example are natural jumpers and climbers. You may not want to offer your couch over as a scratching post so you will need to provide them an alternative. Cat trees are a great alternative to your furniture. They provide a place for your cat (s) to scratch and climb. The taller your tree is, the better!
Cats are big time observers. They want to scope out the scene. Providing the cat tree will allow them to get an overview of their surroundings. If you are able to place it by a window that would be perfect. (Make sure that the window is safe and will never allow for your cat to sneak out or worst of all, FALL! Another alternative to cat trees, are cat shelves. easier for you to place a spot for your cat to look out a window. But remember the cat tree is vital! Cats need something to scratch!
Dog's also need more than you think. They also need the normal food and water, but they also need some stimulation and exercise. They need toys, walks, and lots of play time!
Pets are an absolute joy to have in your life. You just have to remember that you are also part of their life.
The most important thing to think about is that pets were not originally put on earth to live in the protective environment of our homes and in our care. They need to be given that option of feeling like they are in their natural environment. The happier they are, the happier you will be!