There are so many strays and beings just waiting for you to give them a secure and nourishing abode. But getting a furry friend is not only propitious to them; for you, in particular, it could be a metamorphic step in your life.
It’s exciting, isn’t it? Well, wait. Your alacrity is justified but it is crucial to address whether you are prone to have a pet or not. Sometimes just coveting to own a pet, a companion isn’t enough. You, your family, and your house must be prepared to nurture that little angel. So, before getting a pet, ask yourself these very questions to apprehend if you are ACTUALLY ready to be a paw-parent.
Do you know what you are looking for?
The first thing to ask is what sort of person you are and accordingly what pet suits your personality. It is no shocker that many pet-owners get the most obvious pet and breed because either they saw it on the media or their friends suggested it, and later find themselves bushed and not hitched with the pet.
So make a list of what you want in a pet. Are you a cat person or a dog person? Do you rather want a comparatively small pet like a hamster or guinea pig? Or are you into reptiles and/or adorable birds? What breeds are you exactly looking for in a sectioned pet? Knowing the right pet for you is highly significant. Do not get a pet without actually discerning your preference. Just don’t.
Your house must have enough space for your little friend. There should be enough world for them to have freedom to play, sleep, groove, etc.
Apart from the house, it is pertinent to scrutinize whether your locality supports having a pet or is it a big NO-NO. If you are a renter, make sure you have a comprehensive conversation with your landlord about owning a pet. Go to your building manager, your society head, president/secretary of your avenue, etc., and diligently underline this factor.
Are you up for a long-term commitment?
Sometimes people get obtuse in life and decide to get a pet. DON’T DO THAT. Getting a pet is a consequential decision. It is vastly going to affect a lot of your life decisions, including your future plans and dispositions. So for example, if in a few years you are aiming to shift to a foreign place, and having your pet along with you doesn’t accommodate your plan, just don’t get one.
It is baseless of you to only get a pet for a period, you feel, could work in this companionship. If you only want a pet for a short time, make sure you don’t get a dog, a cat, or a bunny, for that matter.
Can you sensibly afford a pet?
Getting a pet might seem undemanding in terms of your pocket at first but truly fostering a pet requires a good amount of financial support. You must cast this factor in your mind with no pretenses, whatsoever.
Every pet has a definite meal demand which isn’t the most affordable thing in the world. Apart from the food supply call, they also necessitate regular vet visits and health check-ups, legitimate trimming and grooming sessions. Also scoring hygiene essentials, vaccinations, pet insurances (make sure you attain a pet insurance quote as soon as possible for your estimate of affordability), operations, medicines, toys, etc is going to be charging. Will you actually be able to cope up with these obligations?
Also Speaking of vets, are there any skilled and expert vets in your neighborhood or in a good distance where you can potentially bring your pets regularly, or especially if there is a health emergency (which is not a very repugnant thing to happen, to be honest)?
Is your family up for a pet?
If you get a pet, it isn’t only going to affect you but all the members of your family. So, ar
e you living alone? Or do you have a partner? Is your partner up for this decision? Who is going to look after your pet when you are not around? Is that person capable and trusted enough to handle the pet?
And the most important question is whether you have kids. Don’t force a pet in a home where you don’t think the kids are mature enough to live along with animals. And even if you are considering a pet for such a household, make sure you don’t get a too sensitive pet. Typical dog breeds and cats are the most acclaimed and rational choices in the instance of a house with kids.
Again, getting a pet is a roaring deal. They are living beings with a set of essential requirements. Ask yourself – are you holistically up for this? If you are nothing but ready even after acknowledging all the factors mentioned above, then Voila! Congratulations, you are going to be PAW-PARENT.