So, you’ve finally caved and let your kids have a pet. And while the responsibility of looking after them is at the forefront of the decision, you’ll also have to think about what you need to buy for it.
Whether you’ve opted for a fish, guinea pig, rabbit, or a different small animal, there are certain things you should purchase ahead of bringing them home. Now, you don’t have to go over the top. You can simply buy the essentials that they will need first.
Over time, whether it be as a Christmas gift, for their ‘birthday’ or another special occasion, you can treat them to additional treats and toys. But for now, you don’t have to – especially if you don’t have the budget to do so. Buying a pet in itself is expensive – without having to worry about purchasing all of the things that they need!
If you’re getting a pet soon, but don’t know where to start when it comes to the essentials, here’s a list of the top 6 things you need to buy – to ensure that you’re prepared and that they are taken care of!
This might seem obvious, but it’s still worth a mention. Once you’ve decided the type of pet that you’re going to buy (and you’ve found the perfect one for your family), it’s time to go out and purchase some food for them! Available in small and large quantities, you’ll be able to find a flavor that they like.
Alongside pellet/other dry food, if you’ve opted for a guinea pig/hamster/rabbit, you can also treat them with fresh vegetables or fruit every day. Just make sure that you read up thoroughly beforehand – as there are certain foods that they can’t eat – similarly to how a dog shouldn’t eat chocolate or grapes.
Now that you’ve purchased the food, it’s time to buy a bowl and water dispenser. Ideal for hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits and other small pets, they can be easily fit into their cages/hutches. They are also affordable and will last for several years.
Alternatively, if you’ve chosen to get a fish/several fish, it’s worth getting a cereal box/Tupperware box to store their food in. A good storage solution, it will keep the food good for longer – rather than leaving it in the packet or box.
This is a big one. No matter what type of furry you’ve chosen, you’ll need somewhere where they can live. For a guinea pig (or two or more), you’ll need a guinea pig cage.
For rabbits, you’ll need a hutch – which you can either place inside or outside of your home (depending on where you live). And then for fish, you’ll need a tank – with the appropriate equipment (such as a filter and a built-in light)
When you’ve opted for a rabbit, guinea pig or hamster, you’ll want a carrier that you can use to take them places in. Whether you want to take them on a roadtrip or simply need to visit a vet, these are invaluable items. Just make sure that the one you’ve purchased fastens securely, to ensure that they don’t escape while you’re on the move!
You now need to buy something to make their cage/hutch comfortable. This will also make sure that when they go to the toilet, it can be cleaned more easily.
If you’re getting a rabbit, you’ll also want to buy some hay – for them to eat and to make their bed with. Hamsters also like tissue paper, which they will drag into the corners and fall asleep in.
If you’ve chosen a rabbit or guinea pig, you can purchase brushes and shampoo for them. Although they clean themselves, these can be useful – especially if they start to smell/get dirty. When you’re washing them, however, it’s advisable that you thoroughly towel dry them to ensure that they don’t catch a cold.
So, there you go! Those are the top 6 things that you need to buy when you’re getting a small animal. Of course, this isn’t a complete list. So it’s a good idea to scour the web before bringing them home to ensure that you have everything you need on hand.
Over time, you’ll also find that you want to buy additional items – as aforementioned, these don’t need to be purchased straight away.