Some of the greatest moments in life include the day we met our pets for the first time, and the day we adopted them and they came home with us. Here are 10 things to consider before bringing a new dog or cat home.
1. Can you commit?
Pet ownership is a long term commitment. Dogs and cats have an average life span of 10-15 years. Are you able to commit yourself to them for such a long time? Dogs require a lot of attention. If you feel that you can’t devote your time for such a pet, getting one is not a wise choice for you. Perhaps you can choose getting a pet like a cat or a fish as they are less time demanding.
2. Can you afford?
Know your financial condition. Owning a pet can cost you a lot. Food, grooming, toys, veterinary care and treatment are expenses you can’t avoid if you own a dog or cat. Owning a fish is less costly compared to other pets.
3. Will pets fit your lifestyle?
If you have long working hours, a busy social life and you travel a lot, think twice before getting a pet like a dog or a cat. Like we mentioned before, dogs and cats require attention. They need you to play and interact with them frequently. Solitude can lead to serious behavioral problems. Make sure your pet can accommodate to your lifestyle.
4. Do research
Do research beforehand on the pet you wish to get. Pet care for instance, requires a great deal of knowledge. Grooming, nutrition tips and safety is stuff you need to know before you get a pet dog or cat.
Make sure you or your family doesn’t have allergies towards fur and animals. If you are not sure whether you or your children are allergic to cats and dogs, spend time at your friend’s house with a pet to find out.
If you are thinking of getting a pet such as cat or dog, proper training is something that you can’t neglect. One of the basics is potty training. There is no single, guaranteed method for success in potty training. You have to invest time and effort in it. Dogs need to be taught so that they will be well behaved, or they will destroy your house and leave a big mess for you to clean up. Hamsters, rabbits or birds are types of pets that don’t require much training.
7. Get a veterinarian
All pet owners should have a veterinarian they can rely on for their pet’s medical concerns. A veterinarian is the first person you should approach when your pet is sick or injured. Veterinarians are also your important source of information about preventing illness in your pet. Find yourself a trustworthy veterinarian before getting a pet.