21 Things You Need to Know Before Adopting a Pet

So, you want to adopt a new pet? Depending on what type of animal you wish to adopt, there are tons of factors to consider before taking in a new family member. Never give in to impulse and adopt a pet at the wrong time. Below are some of the most important things you need to know. 

Raising a New Pet Requires Money

Are you financially ready to care for a pet? Be aware that your financial responsibility will include high-quality nutritious food, toys, and other essential supplies, which can amount to hundreds of dollars every month. 

A New Pet May Require You to Make Some Changes in Your Lifestyle

Do you want your new pet to accompany you on long hikes, or are you looking for a couch companion? Research the most appropriate animal and contemplate your lifestyle. If you have enough time and dedication, adopting a senior animal may be the most rewarding option. 

Pets Can Trigger Allergic Reactions

A family member or a roommate might not know they have pet allergies, so itโ€™s critical that every member of the household meets your new pet before the adoption to check if allergic reactions would occur. 

All Pets Demand Time and Care

All pet animals require time and care, yet some demand more attention than others. Younger animals such as puppies, kittens, and hatchlings need more patience, time, and consistency from their pet parents. You also need to attend to their frequent potty breaks!

You Need Time and Patience to Train Your Pet

Do you have time to address potty and chewing problems? Do your research ahead of time, and check if the animal you want to adopt has some behavioral issues. If you are not committed to training them, itโ€™s best not to adopt.

Your New Adopted Pet May Not Get Along Well With Your Other Pets

There is a possibility that they wonโ€™t like each other at all. Fortunately, rescue centers and shelters allow potential adopters to bring other pets and introduce them to would-be adoptees before finalizing the adoption process. 

Pets Need Space to Thrive

Dogs love running around yards. Cats donโ€™t need that much space but would need a litter box and some space to roam around in. Rabbits and other small animals need a special area for their enclosures. 

A Pet Can Be the Cause of Household Drama 

Caring for pets occasionally causes tension between roommates and family members. It might even lead to arguments if none of the people in your living situation want the added responsibility. Who is responsible for cleaning the animal’s enclosure, walking it outside, feeding it, etc? Discuss these scenarios before bringing any new addition into your household.

Pets Have Different Personalities

Just like humans, pets have different personalities. Consider the best type of personality for your household. Would you prefer an energetic, playful pet or an animal that is calmer and more docile? Settle with the one that best suits your personality and lifestyle. 

You’ll Need to Pet-Proof Your Home

Fix loose wires, get rid of toxic plants and find small items that could be easily swallowed. Making the environment comfortable will help the transition easier for both you and your pet.

At Some Point, Youโ€™ll Need a Pet Sitter

Pets are wonderful companions, and it is not fair to leave them alone in the house all day while you are at work or on vacation, even if they have been properly trained. This makes spontaneous trips more difficult because anyone who watches your pet will need advance notice so that they can schedule time off from their job.

You Need to Expose Your Pet to Various Environments and People

Exposing your pet to various people, environments and other animals will help your pet become happier and more confident. Not all pets would require this, but for dogs and cats, socialization is vital. It lessens the likelihood that your pet could become aggressive or fearful toward other animals and people. 

Raising a Pet is Like Raising an Infant

Pets don’t understand things as we do. Most of the time, we need to guide them and ensure that they are behaving properly. Particularly if you are adopting a puppy or kitten, training is essential.

Pets Require Regular Veterinary Visits

All pets should be seen by their vet at least once a year, even if they appear to be 100% healthy. Youโ€™ll need to keep up with regular vaccinations and any local laws about registering your pet.

Microchipping and Tags are a Must

Accidents can happen anytime. Youโ€™ll never know when your pet will run away or get lost. Dog and cat owners know this very well. Get a collar with proper tags that have a phone number and the animalโ€™s name. Microchipping is another way to make sure that they can find their way home, just in case. 

Pets Need Regular Exercise

Hamsters need a wheel to exercise every day. Cats love sleeping, but they also need exercise. Dogs, meanwhile, require the most attention, as they need to go on at least one long walk every day. 

Your Pet Needs Their Own Special Spot in Your Home 

Allot a special place in your home just for your pet. For a dog, set up a crate with toys, blankets, and a bed. A cat would need less space, but donโ€™t forget to include their litter box, food, and water. Make sure to include something from the rescue center in that space as well. It can be any item that smells familiar to help them settle into a strange new place you call home.

Some Pets Donโ€™t Like Small Children

Some animals are difficult to handle and not good for children. For example, rabbits, hamsters, and bearded dragons can be held and cuddled, but it takes patience and gentleness small children may not have. 

Pets Need a Well-Balanced Diet 

Deciding what to feed your pet isnโ€™t something you should take lightly. Diet is the biggest contributor to every animal’s well-being. Consult with your veterinarian about nutrition and managing your petโ€™s weight.

Pets Don’t Like to Be Left Alone

Dogs and other animals form a deep attachment to their humans, so you can’t just leave them alone when you are busy. Separation anxiety and loneliness may lead them to be destructive and aggressive. 

Grooming Your Pet is Important

Help your pets maintain a healthy coat by grooming them regularly. Having well-groomed, clean pets around your home means that your surroundings will less likely have bad odors. 

The decision to adopt a pet is not an easy one, but it can be made much easier with these 21 things you need to know before adopting a pet. Pets are great company and bring many benefits into your life, so if youโ€™re thinking about bringing home a new furry friend we hope this list helps! 

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