Owning a pet can be loads of fun and is extremely fulfilling, but it is also a big responsibility and a lot of work. Before you get a new pet ask yourself these questions.
Questions to ask before you get a new pet:
- Do you have any other pets and how will they react to a new pet in the home?
- Is your home suited to the kind of pet that you are considering?
- How will you care for your pet during vacations?
- How doe the other people you live with feel about having a pet in the house (maybe some pets are ok with them and others are not)?
- Is anyone at your residence allergic to pet hair, dirt and other realities of sharing your home with a pet?
- Will your work and other life obligations leave enough time and flexibility to care for a pet?
- What type of pet is the best fit with your lifestyle? (this blog has great tips on choosing the right pet for your family, so take a look around)
- Who will be ultimately responsible for the pets care? This should be an adult in most cases.
- Do you need a pet that will be reliable with children or one that can come with you when you travel?
- Do you have the time and patience to work with the pet when it is young? Training, housebreaking, playing and physical exercise are all important. Some pets are more work than others.
- Are you willing to take on the expenses associated with pet ownership? Some expenses very based on the kind of pet you choose. Expenses include; Food, Toys, Cages/Aquariums, Veterinary care, Licensing, Collars, Litter and box, Grooming equipment and supplies etc…