Kapuso star Carla Abellana, known for her advocacy on animal welfare, shared some valuable tips recently to those who are pet owners for the first time.
“Are you a first-time pet owner? Have you just adopted a new pet, or have puppies/kittens? Don’t fret! Here are a few tips I can personally share with you,” Abellana said on her Instagram page yesterday, Jan. 20.
First, Abellana stressed that one has to be “100% committed” to the “pet’s entire lifetime” because being a pet owner entails “a lot of responsibilities, hard work, and not to mention costs.”
Making time for your pets comes second, she said.
“After all, it would be pointless to just tie them up or leave them in cages all day, everyday,” she stressed.
Third, a pet owner should always provide their pets their basic needs such as food and water bowls, check ups with a veterinarian, toys, a comfortable bed and quality food.
Abellana advised pet owners that they should give their new pets time to adjust to the new household.
“Allow them to roam free first and get comfortable, before you start disciplining them or even teaching them tricks,” she said.
Finally, Abellana believes that a pet owner should be capable of giving the pet some tender loving care, as she said, “Shower [your pets] with LOVE, play with them, cuddle with them, give them lots of rubs and hugs.”
“Being a first-time or a new pet owner may be difficult, but it sure is rewarding,” she assured fellow pet lovers. JB