What you need to consider before getting a pet – Part 15

Before get a pet you should consider a few things. First you should ask yourself: “Why do I want a pet?” Are you adopting/purchasing a pet because the kids have been asking for a puppy or a kitten? If so this usually ends up being a big mistake. For one because it ends up being a burden on the parent because not only do you have to take care of the family and the house and work now a new pet has been added to your workload. If you have children under six years old, for example, you might consider waiting a few years before you adopt a companion animal. Problem free, responsible pet ownership requires children who are mature enough to properly handle and help care for your new pet. Also studies have shown that children under the age of five can’t tell/understand the difference between a live animal and a stuffed animal but personally I think it all depends on the child. Secondly, you should ask, “Do I have time for a pet?” Pets are much like children. Just because you or the children are too tired or too busy the pet can’t be ignored. All pets require food, water, exercise, and companionship 365 days out of the year. Thousands of animals end up in shelters or euthanized because their owners did not realize how much time it took to properly care for their pet. Third, “Can I afford a pet?” The initial fee is the first thing. You had to decide if you are going to adopt your pet or purchase it from a breeder or a pet store. So that mean you could be looking to pay anywhere between $80 and $2500+ for your new pet depending on the breed and age. Then in about a 15 year life span you can be looking to pay any where from $7000 and up which includes vaccinations, heart-worm test, basic health exam, micro-chipping, heart-worm prevention pills, leukemia test and shot (for cats only), flea control,license, food, grooming, collars and leaches (dogs only), and cat litter/litter box/scoop (cats only). Other things you should also consider: is if where you are living will allow pets and if where you will be living in the next 15 years will allow pets as well; are you prepared to have accidents in the house, soiled or torn furniture, and unexpected pet emergencies. How and who will care for the pet while you are away on vacation or on business. Will you be asking a relative to care for the pet or will you be paying for boarding and kennel fees; also is it the right pet for you.

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