- Collar – the collar needs to fit well around the neck and two fingers should comfortably fit between the neck and the collar
- Leash – a longer leash is especially in the beginning a good investment as you should not let your dog off the leash in the beginning
- Harness – if your dog is not used to walking on the leash a harness is a good choice as the pressure is distributed evenly on the body
- ID Tag – even though your dog should have a microchip, an ID tag with your phone number helps to bring your dog back to you in case he runs away
- Water bowl – a bowl for water should be available for your dog every hour of every day
- Food bowl – a food bowl and a designated station where your dog will be fed – dog food should be ready at home as well
- Bed/pillow – your dog wants to sleep comfortably, therefore a basket, pillow or dog bed is a good investment. He should have a designated sleeping area
- Car harness, traveling crate or dog guard – when traveling in the car, your dog needs to be secure
- Litter box – there should be at least as many boxes as cats and ideally one more besides
- Opportunities for climbing – Cats enjoy occupying raised vantage points: these give them a feeling of safety while allowing them to indulge their curiosity
- Opportunities for sleeping and withdrawing - It is simply impossible to assign a cat a particular location for sleeping
- Opportunities for scratching - For a cat, scratching is a way of sharpening its claws, marking out its turf through scents in the pads of its paws – and just plain fun!
- Water bowl – a bowl for water should always be available for the cat
- Food bowl – the food bawl should be placed in another room than the water bowl
FOUR PAWS recommend to read specialist literature to learn about the basics of keeping small mammals in a species-appropriate way.