If you're a dog lover — you probably spend the majority of your day scrolling through the internet looking for adorable dog videos. You imagine how much easier life will be with a puppy with each scroll, and you decide to make it so. However, as we all know, there are several factors to consider before purchasing a pet. Most pets will live for up to 15-20 years, so this pet will be with you for quite some time.
Of course, this is a positive thing, but the drastic lifestyle change could make you think twice about getting a pet. Will you be able to dedicate the time required? Do you have enough room? Before marching off to your nearest animal shelter's adoption day, ask yourself these questions. Here are a few more things to think about before getting a dog or cat into your home — for both you and the dog or cat.
1. What Are Your Reasons For Wanting A Pet?
First and foremost, let us have a discussion on why you want a pet. As you gaze into the huge, sparkling eyes of an adorable puppy, this profound question can not occur to you. However, before adopting one, you should do some soul searching. Are you feeling lonely? Do you have a sense of responsibility? Will you want to help a stray animal? Getting a pet is a major investment, so determining why you want one is important.
2. What Breed Fits Your Lifestyle?
It's also best to burst your own bubble and admit that a particular pet isn't right for you. For example, if you live in a 200-square-foot apartment, the great dane of your dreams won't fit. Fortunately, most shelters and rescue organizations succeed at finding adopters the right pet for their lifestyle. They'll inquire about your schedule, level of activity, and hobbies, as well as what you're looking for in a pet, in order to match you with a pet that best fits your lifestyle and aspirations.
3. How Much Free Time Do You Have?
A goldfish, for example, does not need as much attention as a puppy, but everything needs treatment. Every day of the year, they need food, water, exercise, care, and companionship. Only something to think about when deciding which pet is best for you.
4. Do You Have the Financial Resources?
When you add up vaccines, health checks, heartworm treatments, litter, collars and leashes, food, and grooming, you should expect to pay at least $1,000 a year. That's not even taking into account any health issues that might arise. Before taking a pet around, make sure you have pet insurance and the necessary funds.
5. Would Your Landlord Give You Permission?
What would be really depressing? Getting overjoyed over a particularly adorable dog or cat, only to discover that your landlord would not allow it. Many landlords do not accept dogs, and most rental societies have rules. If you live in an apartment, check with your landlord before going to adoption day.
6. How Does All That Grooming Fit In?
If you have a dog with long or curly hair, such as cute poodles, you'll have to do some serious grooming. And that can be very costly. If you have allergies, you should also think about whether or not shedding bothers you.
7. Who Will Look After Your Pets While You're Away?
Do you want to fly for work or for a few vacations? You'll need trustworthy mates, family, or money to pay for a boarding kennel or pet sitter. I'd go for dependable friends because they'll all be clamoring to "babysit."
8. What is the State of Your Life?
Based on the preceding argument, bringing a cat or dog into your life if you intend on traveling often is not a good idea.
9. Do You Like Having Less Free Time?
Many of my pet-owning mates are just as busy as real parents. They hardly ever get together. When they do, they must return home early to care for their cat. For the next 10-15 years of your life, you're committing to coming home straight from work. Personally, I'm cool with that if it means being reunited with my wonderful dog.
10. Do You Have Time (Or Willingness) To Train Them?
Training your pet to act is an essential part of being a good pet owner. This involves the time-consuming process of teaching your puppy or cat to pee outside or use the litter box. If you want your happy home to stay happy, you'll need to start house training as soon as you get your pet home. It cannot be postponed, and it will necessitate a significant amount of time and effort.
Despite this lengthy and rather daunting list, owning a pet would be an incredibly satisfying experience. If you have the time and money, I say go for it! Get the puppy or cat you've always wanted.