If you are struggling financially due to COVID-19 then please call us on 0344 557 0300 or visit our FAQS.

Animal Friends Blog


New pet checklist

Before bringing home a new cat or dog, there are a few essentials to consider and buy. Making sure they’re happy and comfortable in their new home can make those first few months a lot easier for everyone. Here are some of the pet necessities you’ll need before bringing your new addition home:

The right bedding

Your cat or dog will need somewhere to sleep, so buying a bed is a must for your new best friend. It’s a good idea to invest in a bed that’s big enough for them to grow into, or else you might find yourself back at the pet shop in a couple of months to buy a new one.

Blankets can make a great comfy addition to their den, too.

Toys to play with

Buying toys, balls and puzzles can help keep your kitty or pooch stimulated and soothes those teething gums. Be sure to buy the right toys for your pet, and consider the toy’s size, material and purpose before bringing it home for your pet to play with.

Grooming equipment to keep them clean

Just like us humans, our pets need to be washed and groomed, too. The right shampoos. Brushes, combs, toothpaste and toothbrushes are key to start a routine with your pet. Don’t forget that you’ll need to clip your cat or dog’s nails from time to time, too.

The correct food for them to eat

A healthy and balanced diet is just as important for your pet as it is for us humans, so be sure to do some research on the right diet for your pet’s breed, size and age.

You’ll also need food and water bowls for them to eat and drink from.

A collar, lead and harness

If you have a dog, you’ll need to buy a collar, lead and even a harness for your new pooch. For those getting a cat, just the right collar will do. Make sure you purchase a safe collar, and that it will properly fit your pet. A ‘quick release’ collar might be a safer option for cats, as they can easily break free if they were to get trapped or caught in something.

Microchipping and identification

It’s a legal requirement for your dog to wear a collar with your name and address on it, and they must be microchipped but it’s not the same for our feline friends. Adding a telephone number is always a good idea too.

Tags can prove priceless if your cat or dog ever manage to stray or escape as it will have your information on so that you can be reunited.

Other bits and bobs

As your new pet grows, their needs might change and there’ll be bits and bobs you’ll need to buy along the way. Vaccinations, worm and flea treatments and insurance policies are all things to consider before buying or adopting a new pet, too.

Have we forgotten anything? Let us know on our Facebook or Twitter page.

Keep an eye out on our blog for more charity visits, product reviews and pet advice or head over to our Facebook page for updates on our latest campaigns and giveaways.

We have a range of pet insurance policies to suit your needs

Get a quote


Hello, lovely readers, I'm Catrin George. I'm a treat dispenser and walk giver to Marvel, the border collie. I'm here to give you the latest updates and low downs on anything and everything pet related, whether they miaow, woof, or neigh. The blogs will be filled with news, reviews, and charity visits with some discounts and giveaways squeezed in-between. So, keep your eyes peeled here!

You may also like