6 Things to Keep In Mind Before Getting A Pet
March 26, 2018
Coming home after a long and exhausting day and being greeted by your warm, soft and loving pet is something many of us dream about. They don’t care how successful you are, how much money you earn or how that big presentation went – they are always happy to see you. But it is not only fun-and-games. Having a pet is a lot of responsibility and should bring with it a number of serious considerations before bringing one home. We have compiled a brief checklist of some of the major points to keep in mind.
Let’s be honest. Puppies and kittens are adorable. Tiny, fluffy and just eatable! But they grow up and most animals live between 10-15 years. Getting a pet should be a long-term commitment and you need to be aware of this! The idea is to find a forever home for an animal, not a transitory step through.
Does getting a pet fit your lifestyle? What is your daily routine like? If you work 12 hours a day, a dog may not be the best choice for you. How much time will the animal be alone? Do you travel a lot? Is your home pet-friendly? Consider the size of your future pet in comparison to the amount of room you have available and the age of the future family members of your desired pet. Nothing is impossible, they are just considerations worth having before bringing your furry friend home.
Animals are animals, but if you want them to follow certain rules they need training. Whether it is puppy training or teaching your cat to accept the litter box, all training takes time, dedication and patience. This step will include frustrations! Be prepared to put in the work at the beginning, to ensure a more peaceful co-existence with your pet later on.
Different breeds have different personality traits, different sizes and are hence more or less suited for you and your family. Before bringing a pet into your home, spend some time to research what special attention they need, how much exercise and all the specifics of your potential breed. Investigate, be detailed, this will impact the next few years of your life.
Money, money, money. It makes the world go round and this is no different. Pets are expensive. They need good quality food, vaccinations, toys, beds, leashes and a bunch of other equipment. Pets, just like humans, need regular check-ups by the vet and there are always extra costs not anticipated. Your pet will love you unconditionally, but it will also be relying on you unconditionally to take care of it. Finances are hence another point to keep in mind.
Buy or Adopt
Last but absolutely not least – the eternal question of buying or adopting. There is no right or wrong answer to this point and depends entirely on you. There are millions upon millions of animals waiting in shelters for an opportunity to shower a family with love and it should definitely be something to consider. If in doubt, visit a local shelter and just have a look around. Who knows, maybe you will fall in love at first sight with a little four-legged fur ball you least expected. Having a pet is a beautiful and life-changing experience, as long as you are prepared for the responsibilities it brings.