Owning a pet is extremely rewarding and fulfilling, however, it comes with a lot of responsibility as well. For that reason, you shouldn’t get one out of impulse. Puppies and kittens are so cute that it can be very tempting to just take them home without giving it a second thought. Try to resist the urge and rather make a decision as big as this one, after considering all that it entails. Here are a few important things to take into account before choosing a furry companion.
Do you have the time to commit?
You should be aware that this will be a long term commitment. Dogs and cats can have a lifespan of over 10 years. Is that something you can commit to for that long? Some pets demand a lot of love, time, and attention. Dogs, for example, require a lot of your time. They need both interaction and stimulation. Under-stimulated dogs have a tendency to act out by destroying things and may even suffer from health and emotional problems as a result. If your days are very busy and you know you will not be able to dedicate the necessary time to your new four-legged-friend, then a different animal may be a better option for you. A more suitable choice could be fish, hamsters, or birds, which are not as demanding.
Would it suit your lifestyle?
If you have your heart set on a dog, choosing the right breed to suit your lifestyle is very important. The space you can provide may be too small for certain dogs. Some breeds are said to be needier, and even more demanding. If you work long hours, would you have the time to take the dog for its daily walks? If you spend a lot of time traveling, you would need to make sure that someone can care for your pet while you’re away. Cats would be much easier when considering the size of your home. Cats don’t need as much space as they tend to roam and get their fix of sightseeing on their own. Does anyone in your household have allergies? Do your research to see which animals wouldn’t be appropriate if that’s the case.
Can you afford a pet?
The cost of owning a pet is another essential factor to recognize. You would need to consider the cost of food, appropriate shelter, grooming, and medical care before choosing a pet. All pets have their own specific needs. A hamster, for example, needs the right sized cage, house, exercise wheel, and feeding items. Its shavings need to be changed regularly. Some dogs and cats need regular grooming for their wellbeing. Pets sometimes need medical care, which can be quite costly.
Some pets require appropriate training. In order to achieve this, you will need to invest your time and effort into it. Potty training is a basic necessity for some pets. Others also need obedience and behavioral training. You would have to find an appropriate facility that provides these classes. And again, set aside the time to attend and commit to complete the program to get the desired result.
Whether you want a companion or a furry sibling for your child remember that owning a pet is a privilege and not a necessity. Yes, it might cost you time and money, but it can also bring you much happiness.