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Pour attention and love on your pet. Why even bother having a pet if you donít plan to give it affection? Thatís whole point of keeping a critter around, right? So when your little guy (or girl) greets you at door after work, or wants to snuggle in your lap in front of TV, donít push them away. Award them for their faithfulness.
Groom your pet. Grooming counts toward that love and attention requirement, but it also is necessary for animalís health as well. Depending on your type of animal, grooming could involve a bath, occasional haircut, regular hair brushing, tooth exams, and paw inspection.
Hop, skip, and a jump. Animals love exercise. Whether theyíre normally cooped up in a cage, an apartment, or, well, a coop, be sure to free them from these confines as often as possible. Dogs donít just like to take walks to go potty. Cats donít like to tear up and down furniture just to shred it. They have energy to burn, and will be better off for it.
Teach your pet proper bathroom etiquette. Speaking of going potty, it is essential to train your pet at earliest possible age to do so properly. Of course, this doesnít mean training them to put down lid when theyíre done (although supposedly rabbits can be taught to do so!). But it does mean getting a cat to use a kitty litter box, for instance, or a dog to wait until itís outside. If you donít know how to train them, learn before you own them. Ask your parents or friends, read a book, visit a chat room, or talk with vet.
Consider a proper place of higher learning. When training becomes an issue, whether itís for potty training or how-not-to-chew-up-your-shoes training, consider obedience school. It is not a mark of shame for either you or your pet. In fact, it may be just what your fur ball needs to live happiest, safest, and healthiest life possible.
To put it bluntly, if you canít follow these rules, you shouldnít own a pet. Buy a plant instead. However, if youíre up to taskóand really, most people areóyour rewards will be immense. For a little bit of responsibility, time, and money on your part, you and your family will get a lifetime of love and unconditional adoration.
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