10 Pet Essentials Every Pet Owner Needs

1. Food

This is a no-brainer. It’s the number one essential for all living things. Like humans, pets also need healthy food. So, make sure whatever you feed your pet has all the nutrients your pet needs.

2. Grooming Kit

Both cats and dogs need regular grooming. Brushing them, especially if they have long fur regularly is important. Bathe your pet regularly to help maintain a healthy coat and skin.

3. Poop Essentials

If your dog prefers to do his business outside, poop bags and pooper scooper are best for the job. There is no other obvious choice for cats—a litter box with litter pellets and a scooper.

4. Food and Water Bowls

Avoid bowls made of plastic, as they may contain BPA, a carcinogenic chemical. In addition, pets may scratch them and create marks and openings for bacteria to grow and thrive, which is likely to make your pet sick.

5. A Comfy Bed

Plush and comfy beds are usually what come to mind for most pet owners, but you may want to shift on the side of caution if you are unsure whether your new dog is a chewer or not. 

6. Supplements

Pets can get most of the nutrients from their healthy pet food. But sometimes, they can be picky eaters. So it is best to give them an extra dose of those nutrients through supplements.

7. Leash and Harness

Dogs love going for walks—it’s also a way to exercise! So, leash and harness should be on your list. Although most dog owners prefer just a leash, a harness gives more comfort and security.

8. Collar and Tag

Every pet should wear a collar and tag with their name and owner’s information, such as name, address, or phone number. If your pet gets lost, this will help them find their way home.

9. Fun Toys

Whether you have a cat or a dog, they both need fun and stimulation. Dogs enjoy Kong toys while cats enjoy catnip-infused mouse-shaped toys. 

10. Treats!

Treats are very helpful when you start training your pet. They can serve as a reward for any good behavior.