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Responsibilities of Pet Owners

Dogs and cats make wonderful companions. They can give you joy, company, comfort and security.

However, they also bring you new responsibilities. As well as caring for your pet, you have legal responsibilities with the ownership of a cat or dog.

As a dog or cat owner, you need to be familiar with the legal requirements of the Companion Animals Act 1998 and the associated regulations.

Caring for your Pet

You need to ensure your pet is healthy and happy by keeping it well nourished, clean and groomed, vaccinated and properly exercised and socialised.

If leaving your pet at home alone, you need to ensure that it has access to water and shade as well as some form of entertainment to keep it occupied during your absence.