9 Things to Consider Before Getting a Pet

Pets are absolute sweethearts. Whether it’s a parrot, dog, or rabbit, they know how to make us smile, take away our worries and make us feel loved. Although they come with huge responsibilities, they are worth all the trouble. 

However, before welcoming a new family member, there are some important things you should consider.

1. The Animalโ€™s Lifespan

Pet parenthood is generally a long-term commitment. Some prefer to care for hamsters and betta fish that live only for two to four years, while others love dogs and cats that have an average lifespan of 15 years. Whatever animal you want to care for, you need to prepare for many years of challenging (but rewarding) pet ownership. 

2. Your Lifestyle

Research what kind of pet is suitable for your lifestyle and environment. Take into account the size of your living arrangements and your family structure. Do you live in the country or the city? Do you travel a lot and work long hours? If it seems like you won’t have that much time to devote to a pet, it is best to postpone your pet parenthood plans for now. Think about your future plans and how your pets fit into them.

Pets like dogs and cats demand constant interaction. Also, even if you get an exotic pet like a frog or small snake, you still need to look after them and make sure that they are safe inside their enclosure. 

3. How Much Time You Can Sacrifice

Caring for pets is similar to looking after small children. This means you should be willing to sacrifice much of your energy and time in looking after your pet. You canโ€™t just travel out of state with friends at the last minute like you may be used to. You need to plan who will watch over your pet in your absence. 

4. Lifetime Costs

Lifetime costs vary per animal. Even turtles and guinea pigs need to visit the vet from time to time. And of course, all pets need high-quality food, water, and other accessories to keep them comfortable, happy, and healthy. Dogs are some of the most financially demanding pets out there, so make sure that you have the money to care for them from puppyhood to their senior years. Eventually, your petโ€™s health and well-being come first before your source of happiness and entertainment. 

5. Child-Friendly Choices

Choose a pet that would get along well with your child. Hamsters are top choices when it comes to households with young kids, but some of them bite when handled. Some dog breeds are also not well suited for children due to temperament or size. Do your research wisely and prioritize the welfare of the children around you. 

6. The Size of Your Home

The bigger the animal, the more space he or she will need. A Great Dane may struggle to live in a small apartment. Only adopt a large dog if you have a yard. Remember that itโ€™s not just the pet. There are also accessories like toys and crates that can consume a considerable amount of space. 

This is true with fish as well. For example, you also need to take into account the most appropriate tank size, and if there is space for that inside your home, along with the chemicals and other items to be stored.

7. Maintaining a Pet-Proof Home

Your life will change forever once your new pet arrives. But, before that big day comes, you need to pet-proof your home first. This is applicable to those who have cats, dogs, rabbits, and other animals that roam around freely indoors. See to it that all toxic materials are out of reach and that cords are organized properly to avoid any accidents. If you have expensive decorations and furniture pieces, find a way to protect them, or just move them to another room where pets are not allowed. 

8. Training

If youโ€™re determined to adopt a new dog, obedience and behavioral training are things you shouldn’t miss. You can either enroll her in a dog training school or invest time and effort in teaching them yourself. Dogs need to be trained so theyโ€™ll maintain proper behavior at all times, or else they will leave a big mess for you to clean up every day. 

9. Restrictions

Your local community might have legal restrictions when it comes to what pets you may bring home. In some buildings, certain dog breeds and exotic pets are not allowed. Restrictions may also come from health issues. If a family member is allergic to cats, then you may want to consider another animal. 

There are many things to consider before making the decision of getting a pet. Itโ€™s important that you take all nine of these into consideration. Your pets will live with you both indoors and outdoors so make sure they can do well in those settings too! 

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