With the holidays approaching and people looking for the “perfect gifts” for their friends and family members, it’s not uncommon for pets to become new additions to households. And why wouldn’t they? Pets give us unconditional love, loyalty and companionship that few humans can measure up too. So in the spirit of perfect gifts, here are some very important things to consider before you adopt or purchase a pet for you, or as a gift for someone else.
Why do you want this pet?
Take time to think long and hard about why you want a pet before you decide to adopt or purchase one. Are you overwhelmed by that puppy’s big, brown eyes on the local animal shelter’s website? Are your children begging you to purchase that cute kitten in the pet store window? Stop and think. A pet should never be an impulse decision! Welcoming a new pet into your – or someone else’s home – requires 15 years (or longer!) of a care commitment!
Do you have time to care for a pet?
Pets require a lot of time, patience and energy. Pets require house-training, regular exercise and companionship. So if you’re a person who travels regularly or works long hours, a baby pet is not the best choice for your schedule.
How much does having a pet cost?
Think long and hard as to whether you have the financial means to support a pet. Pets require vaccinations, regular veterinary care, food, toys, grooming, licenses, and much, much more. These costs rise into the thousands of dollars over the course of a pet’s lifetime, no matter the type of pet you own.
This is a short list of things to consider before welcoming a pet into your – or someone else’s – household. While it’s wonderful to dream about the joy this furry friend could bring you or someone else, make sure to always be practical first and think it through!
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