“We are getting a pet!” – These are words that you long to hear in your house, especially if you are fond of pets. The thought-process of these words usually outweighs the execution. There are a lot of considerations and decisions that precede the words. You need to carefully consider the adjustments you will need to make in and around your home and lifestyle.
Most shelter and pet owners will request a home survey to gauge your ability to provide a comfortable home for the pet. This survey will give you a chance to inquire about any doubts or information you will need for your pet.
Which Type of Pet Would You Like?
There are eight categories of pets that you can get: dogs, cats, fish, reptiles, birds, mammals, and others. Often your preference and admiration are what will drive you to get a specific pet. Statistically, the most popular pets among pet owners are fish, cats, and dogs, while reptiles are the least owned pets.
Once you have identified the type of pet you will like, you need to choose the pet’s breed. Each breed has its personality and character. You need to do your research and find out which species will be best for you and your family.
Are You Ready for the Financial Commitments Involved?
Getting a pet has high financial implications. You need to include the regular vet visits, grooming kits, food, treats, and the specialized care that you may need to involve when need be. The pet’s routine will give you an estimate on the finances you will need to commit.
You need to build a shelter or beds (for housepets) before getting the pet. It will give the pet a sense of belonging and love, which is essential to help the pet settle in well with the family.
Sometimes you will need to outsource specialized personnel due to unavailability, travel, or consulting to make certain adjustments. This outsourcing will add to the incurred costs, thus you should include miscellaneous expenses in your budget.
Each pet has its own nutritional needs. You need to follow the dietary needs of your pet strictly. Therefore, you need to have a monthly or weekly budget for the pet’s food. You can also choose to research healthy or available alternatives that you can give the pet. However, you need to consult with your vet before making this decision.
You also need to ensure that the pet always has its treats. Just like in nutrition, each pet has its treats. Make sure you buy the associated types of goodies for each pet. Dogs, for instance, have different kinds of treats for various reasons, like Pet-Ness for happy treats, calm treats for anxiety, or reward treats as a reward. Please do not mix or assume and substitute one pet’s delight for the other.
Are You Ready To Make the Commitment?
Having a pet is similar to making a lifetime commitment. It would help if you were mentally, socially, emotionally, and psychologically prepared to host and provide for the pet. It would be best to consider all factors before you make the decision.
Always remember these pets will need your unconditional support and love. Do not start this journey if you are not passionate about it. Always strive to provide the best for your pet.