During our time of quarantine, many people found interest in adopting a new pet. The number of households in the United States with a pet has increased by 3.2 million since last year.
While owning a pet is rewarding, be mindful that pet ownership is also a huge responsibility. Here are several important things you should consider before getting a pet.
1. Can you commit?
Pet ownership is a long term commitment. Dogs and cats require a lot of attention. If you feel that you can’t devote your time for your pet, this may not be the right time. Or perhaps you can choose a pet like a fish as they are less time demanding.
2. Can you afford it?
Owning a pet can cost you a lot. Food, grooming, toys, veterinary care and treatment are the expenses you can’t avoid if you own a dog or cat. Owning a fish is less costly compared to other pets. Fish cost around $150 a year whereas a cat costs around $500 and dogs $1,500.
3. Will pets fit your lifestyle?
If you have long working hours, a busy social life or travel a lot, think twice before getting a pet like a dog or cat. Animals need you to play and interact with them constantly, so you want to be able to give them the attention they need. Make sure your pet can accommodate your lifestyle.
4. Do research
Do research beforehand on the pet you wish to get. Different pets require different care. Grooming, nutrition tips and safety are also things you need to know before welcoming a pet into your home.
Make sure you or your family don’t have allergies towards fur and animals. If you are not sure whether you or your children are allergic to cats and dogs, spend time at your friend’s house with a pet to find out.
If you are thinking of getting a pet such as a cat or dog, pet training is something to consider. One of the basic training is potty training. You have to invest time and effort into this. Dogs for example need to be taught so that they will be well behaved, or they will destroy your house and leave a big mess for you to clean up. Hamsters, rabbits or birds are types of pets that don't require much training.
7. Get a veterinarian
Almost all pet owners have a veterinarian they can rely on for their pets' medical concerns. Veterinarians are an important source for information about your pet, so find yourself a trustful veterinarian before getting a pet.
Though owning a pet comes with responsibility, it is definitely worth it. Not only do they make great companions, they bring a great deal of excitement into your life.