What no one told me before I adopted a pet

Rescuing an animal is an amazing journey of discovery, adventure, hiccups, stresses and endless love. Every cat and dog has their own story, most waiting for a new home through no fault of their own.

You can do all the research, learn all there is to know about the breed, and stock up on all the right supplies and still be surprised. There are a few things that no one tells you before you adopt a pet, here are 5 things you’ll wish you knew!

1. You have to learn a new language

Every cat and dog will have a different way of communicating so, being able to read their body language, recognise their specific sounds and signs will help you decipher what they’re trying to say. This is something you will learn over time and you’ll soon be fluent in pet lingo, too!

2. The training never stops, for either of you

Your new pet might have lived a structured life at the rescue centre, with a set routine and way of doing things so, they will need some time to get used to their new rules and boundaries.

That’s why training is so important and will remain an essential part of your pet’s life as they grow.

3. Everything you own will now have hair on it

Have you ever been enjoying your dinner one night only to suddenly find a stray hair in your pasta? Or maybe the carpet seems hairy again but you hoovered this morning? And let’s be honest, all of your clothes are probably covered in fur. Yep, these are all signs of being a pet parent unless you’ve adopted a hairless breed.

4. Your phone is full of photos of your pet

And when your storage is full, you’ll find yourself deleting photos of people, food, landscapes and selfies over anything that involves your pooch or feline friend. I mean, who could resist snapping their pets’ sleeping poses, daily adventures, mishaps, snoozes, playtimes, dates, naps and all the other cute stuff they do?

5. It’s one of the most rewarding things

While they would have been properly cared for and loved at the rescue centre, there is nothing more rewarding than providing a forever home to a cat or dog without one. You get to adopt a best friend for life while knowing you’ve also potentially opened up a space for another cat or dog to stay in while they wait to find a family.