We love the idea of taking in a puppy or a kitten because they are simply so cute and adorable. They are still learning about the world, and their tiny size only ends up amplifying the cuteness of their antics. However, what a lot of people fail to realize is that when you get a younger pet like a puppy or a kitten, you have a lot of more responsibility to handle compared to when you get an already older cat or dog.
Younger pets, like human babies, tend to be a lot weaker. They are more susceptible to illnesses, diseases and health-related issues if they are not taken care of properly. The first thing you need to do is make sure that your kitten or dog is old enough to be bottle fed properly, or it at least independent enough to walk on its own. So, your pet should ideally be 6 weeks old when you get them and not younger than that otherwise, they will still need a mother/surrogate.
The next thing you need to make sure is that your pet is getting all of their regular shots and that they are not delayed. Kittens or puppies need to be taken to the vet as soon as you get them so that they get cleared. You can then inquire the vet about what you should feed them, and what feeding cycle you should follow because younger pets need more food at regular intervals. For more questions and inquiries that may come along the way, you can ask other people with pets around you, or you can post of pet groups like Westchester Puppies and Kittens where more experienced pet owners can help you out and answer any questions or concerns you might have.