Everyone decided a dog or cat is a great idea for your mom. She lives alone and could use the companionship and comfort at night. Whether you adopt or purchase, there are things she needs to do to keep that cat safe and healthy. If she has a dog, the same tips apply.
Call a Vet to Schedule an Introduction
Even if the pet came from a shelter, you want to take the pet to a veterinarian near your mom. You’ll want to make sure the vaccination records are accurate and cover everything necessary. There may be necessary boosters that your mom’s new pet needs.
Get the Pet Microchipped
No one wants to see their dog or cat vanish. With a microchip, the chances of getting the dog returned to your mom is higher. If it gets picked up and brought to a veterinarian or shelter, they can scan the chip and contact your mom.
Microchipping takes seconds and doesn’t cost a lot. Make sure your mom keeps her contact information up-to-date with the company the microchip is registered through.
Arrange the Spay/Neuter Surgery if Necessary
When your mom adopts her cat or dog through a shelter or rescue, the animal may already be spayed or neutered. This can save your mom hundreds of dollars. If it’s too young to go through the surgery, the rescue may give her a voucher for a free spay or neuter surgery with a local veterinarian.
If she buys a young pet through a reputable breeder, she needs to schedule the spay or neuter surgery when the pet is old enough to handle the anesthesia. Her veterinarian will discuss that when she brings the pet in for its first visit.
Make Her House Safe
Before letting the pet explore the house, she needs to make sure it’s safe. She should look at the floor for small items a puppy may be tempted to chew or swallow. Loose electrical cords need to be placed out of sight. Cupboards should be closed and gaps behind and under furniture can be blocked off with pillows. Baby gates can restrict a pet to a certain room at first.
Create a Care Schedule
A new pet needs a routine. Puppies need to go out every couple of hours during the day. Three daily walks is a good way to start. Time walks to follow meals. Your mom gets exercise while the puppy has ample opportunity to go to the bathroom in the proper place.
Kittens should be introduced to the litter box after eating a meal. Don’t move the box around. The kitten needs to know where to find it without searching. The box should be out of sight for privacy.
Your mom may need more than companionship to stay safe while living alone. Call us to discuss the areas where your mom needs help. Learn more by contacting a senior care specialist today.
If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Hamilton, NJ, please call the caring staff at Care Street Home Care. You can reach our Mercer/Burlington Division at (609) 496-5666.
Dr. Shelly, as he is fondly known, has served as an Alzheimer’s Support Group Facilitator in Mercer County and is a Certified Dementia Instructor. Knowledgeable, compassionate, and unusually devoted, his guidance is crucial in helping families understand their options and render decisions for their loved ones’ care plan. Dr. Shelly’s extensive experience, sincere and pleasant demeanor, and professional affiliations have made him a vital asset to Care Street.
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