There are few things in life as memorable as bringing a new pet into the house. Ahead of you lies big changes, challenges, and most of all a lot of fun. Pets can be great companions, trained helpers and will almost always brighten someones world.
But before you bring that little fury (or fuzzy or slimy), there are a few things to consider before getting a pet. Most are pretty much common sense, and others you might not have thought about before. Hopefully these suggestions will help you find your new best friend.
Your Living Space
Some pets like large dogs, horses, and other big animals will need obviously, a larger place to run and play in. Bear in mind, that you will need to have a large yard, or pasture area for them. Others pets however, like smaller dogs, cats, fish, birds, and snakes (yikes), can handle a smaller place like an apartment.
Think about where a pet will play, run, sleep and eat, before you bring it home, or you might have to face the awful situation of having to send the pet back, and no one wants that.
Another important thing to consider is your family. Take into account their health, if they are allergic to any type of pet, if they have bad memories or fears, their ages and other such factors.
If your family includes young kids, they may not understand the responsibility that comes with having a pet. Especially if they are under four years old, they will probably not get along well with a small or older dog. For those ages, you will probably want to get a puppy.
Older kids should be able to take care of a pet, but ultimately you will have to hold them accountable. Let them know that they are responsible for feeding, playing with, bathing, and generally taking care of the pet. Lay down the ground rules and stick to them, or you will end up having to caring for the pet yourself.
Once you get a pet, you will come to understand that they will take a lot of your time. Training them, housebreaking them, cleaning up after them are just a few of the time consuming tasks pets require. Don’t forget that time will also be needed, so that you can bond and play with your pet.
Another investment pets will require is, of course a monetary one. Consider your financial situation before getting a pet. There will be food to buy, vet visits to pay, obedience school, collars, leashes, pet waste disposal bags, and toys to purchase. If you are struggling to pay your bills, it’s probably the wrong time to get a pet.
A pet will bring love and loyalty to your home, and they ask for so little back. But be sure to consider all of the factors before you get one Be a good friend to your pet, provide them a clean place to sleep and play, food, water and attention, and you will both be happy.