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Pet Care Education

Check back here regularly for more updates on the best ways to care for your animal companions.

How to take care of a cat

Cats are probably one of the most popular pets. Apartment owners are more likely to be permitted to keep a cat than a dog, which is one of the reasons they are popular apartment pets. Knowing how to take care of a pet cat means that you need to be patient. Cats can be affectionate companions, though they may require a bit of time to adjust to being in your home. Always provide a clean litter box, and never use negative reinforcement to discipline your cat. Understanding how to take care of a cat also involves feeding your cat a proper diet. Cats are obligate carnivores, which means that they need a diet that is primarily meat-based. Avoid a diet that is grain-heavy, or is high in carbohydrates.

How to take care of a dog

Dogs are one of the more common domesticated pets. Caring for a pet dog can be a very rewarding experience, since dogs are often extremely loyal to their owners. In colonial America, dogs were used for protection, companionship and even as work animals. Today, pet dogs are mostly kept as animal companions.

Feeding your dog a proper diet is one of the most important things to know about how to take care of a pet dog. Dogs are omnivores, but they still require a large amount of protein in their diet. Choose a dog food formula that lists a protein source first, ideally with at least two sources of protein among the first five ingredients. Never feed your dog a corn-based dog food formula.

Understanding how to take care of a dog also requires you to know how to train a dog properly. Good training can strengthen your relationship with your dog, and can also be fun as well!

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