Adopting or buying a pet is a very important decision that should not be taken lightly. Impulse buying is a major concern in the pet world. Even though that doggie in the pet store window is extremely cute and seems to be begging to go home with you, it is important to consider the impact of such an addition to your household.
1. Time Constraints Having a pet is a lot of work. Most pets need to eat on a daily basis. Dogs need to be walked at least 1 to 2 times a day and brushed on a regular basis. Even fish need to have their bowls cleaned and water changed.
In today’s hectic, fast paced world, it is especially important to make sure you and your family has enough time to take care of all of your pet’s needs. Pets also need emotional attention. You will need to take time out of your day to spend with your pet. They need to play and interact with you to be happy. A neglected pet is not only an unhappy pet, but they can also be an unhealthy pet.
2. Financial Burden It is also important to consider the financial burden a pet can bring with it. First, there are the regular costs associated with having a pet. That includes food, toys, and accessories (tanks, leashes, brushes, litter boxes, etc.).
This also includes other expenses such as veterinary care, kennel or pet sitting costs when you go away, license and registration costs if needed, insurance costs to cover your pet or your home if you have a large animal, and other unexpected costs.
3. Realize Pets Need Continuous Attention Pets are a long term commitment. They also need attention on a regular, daily basis. Pet owners must feed their pet, clean their pets, and manage their pet’s health and wellness. Fish may only live for a few weeks or months, but dogs and cats can live 10 to 20 years.
It is impossible to know what the future will bring, but you should consider your ability to take care of a pet for the long term.
Think before you leap Before making a final decision about getting a pet, consider all the different pets there are to choose from. A dog or cat is the traditional choice, but there are many other options from ferrets to micro pigs to birds and horses. Getting the pet that best suits you and your family will make it easier to and more enjoyable to take care of them.
About the author:
Kayleigh has always loved animals and has spent time volunteering at the local dog shelter. The love of her life is her four year old Rottweiler, Lizzie. She enjoys writing for YeePet.com since it combines her love of animals with one of her favor...
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