What you need to consider before getting a pet – Part 16

Care 4 Life

Costs, must be considered for routine care as well as emergency care. Consider housing/ feed, and medical requirements, for the pets entire life.

Allergies. Check with all family members and friends keeping in mind that families sometimes change

Room, housing and space requirements, for exercise, equipment, and supplies. Do you rent or own your home? Prepared to live only where pets are allowed for the rest of the pets life?

Education, are you committed to learning everything about this pet, are you prepared to train, and socialize, and train your pet?

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Lifestyle, does your pet fit it? Does the care of this pet fit your schedule? Remember that lifestyles change, and surprises happen, are you committed to work around this pet?

Interests, will this be something you will still have interest in a week or two, in two years?

Future, think about forever, where will you be, who will you be with. Does this pet still fit?

Everyday, are you committed to spending your spare time everyday with this pet? Will it be part of your daily routine?

Before you purchase a pet ask yourself:

What do you want from a pet? Why do you want a pet?

A helpful tip when determining what type of pet you pet you suit the most, there is a big difference between a pet to sit on the couch and cuddle with, and one to go jogging with. Ask yourself these two questions first. Are you looking for a something to observe, or an interactive pet?

Are my children old enough for a pet?

If your children are not old enough to understand the word “no” then it is not safe for your child or the pet to bring a new pet in the home, unless you are prepared to supervise at all times. What pet is appropriate for my child’s age? 5-10 years old – A great age for “shelf pets”. Fish and mice for the younger in this category, as they require little handling and little maintenance. The older in this group, (8+) are better suited for the more interactive shelf pets such as gerbils, hamsters, rats, and guinea pigs. These children tend to be more gentle, and are capable of their upkeep. Remember that all of these pets need appropriate sized homes, exercise, stimulation, medication and proper feed. This prevents health concerns, and behavior problems. Remember to keep cages and tanks clean and to wash your hands after handling, as these pets are exposed to fecal matter. Pay close attention to the medical needs and cost for these pets, as well as life expectancies.

10-13 years

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