Getting a new pet can seem like an exciting prospect. A new addition to the home is fun for everyone and can often change the dynamics of the home. As the saying goes “a dog is for life, not just for Christmas”, there are some things you should be aware of prior to making a decision.
- Be Committed
Can you commit to the lifestyle of owning a pet? This does depend on what kind of animal which pet you choose. If your new friend is a cat, there is a lot less maintenance involved. Dogs, however, require a little more upkeep and at a minimum need to be walked once a day. If your job or lifestyle means that you are out of the house the majority of the day or that you travel a lot, this might not be the best option for you. Even if you plan to have family or friends look after your dog or you are thinking of other arrangements, this can be incredibly distressing and unsettling for the newest member of your family. Unless you can commit to providing it with the care it needs, you shouldn’t be getting one. You might want to choose an animal that is super low-key, like a bird.
- Make Your Home Pet-Friendly
Did you know that ibuprofen is toxic for cats? Before bringing a pet into your home you need to ensure that your home is pet-friendly. Remove any potential hazards so that they are safe in your home. Remove wires, small toys, bottles of chemicals on the floor, and anything that could pose a potential hazard. Do some research once you have what you’re going to get, and find out what is toxic or dangerous to that breed in particular. This varies so you want to do your individual research. If you find that your home is not friendly for a specific species like a dog or cat, you might want to think about homing another kind like a snake or a hamster. These animals are much easier to home as they have their own little home within yours. At mysnakepet.com they claim that it is easy enough to set up a liveable habitat for your snake. As long as it is one of the more common snake breeds. Take stock of your home and figure out if it is a safe space for that particular species and breed. If not, make it safe or adjust and think of a different option.
- Be Aware Of The Adjustment Period
An animal is an extra responsibility. Depending on what you choose, you now have a whole new being to look after and this comes with financial responsibilities. You will need to invest time, money, and resources into looking after them. Of course, you are probably well aware of this and are more than happy to do this. However, you might not be aware of the initial adjustment period. Being prepared for it before it happens will make it easier. Lots of puppies will cry during the night when they first enter their new home. You will need to be prepared to adjust both your pet and yourself to a new routine and a new lifestyle.
As long as you prepare yourself for this period and are aware there will be difficulties and that adjustments will need to be made, you should come through it unscathed.
- Have A Vet do a Check Up
Prior to bringing a new animal into your home, it is a good idea to have them checked out by a vet. This is so that you are not unknowingly buying one which may have several health issues. If you are unaware of these issues, and then have to deal with them at a later date it can cause a financial strain. It can also be incredibly time-consuming and if you don’t have the time to deal with them, it is unfair for the animal itself]. Having a vet do a check up will ensure that they are healthy and safe enough to come into your home.
Before deciding on a new pet, use these 4 pointers to help you make an informed decision. Getting a new member in the family is a big decision as it involves a lot of time, energy, and resources. If you cannot adequately provide for your pet, this can be a big issue. So, you need to ensure you are prepared and ready to introduce a new addition to the home.