The majority of us would have grown up with a pet. A dog, a cat, fish or even a hamster. According to PFMA (Pet Food Manufacturer’s Association) , in 2016 it was estimated that 11 million (40% of) households in the UK had pets.
Pets are fun, loving and adorable and can be great companions but like babies and children, they need constant looking after.
It’s natural to want one when you move out but sometimes getting a pet isn’t the best idea. There are a few things you need to consider before committing to a furry friend.
Make sure you’re financial stable. Pets need weekly food and drinks, as well as toys that they can occupy themselves with. Not to mention the vet bills.
Consider your schedule! Animals like dogs need walks regularly every day. If you have a busy schedule, will you be able to look after them properly and satisfy their needs?
Cats are the same. Even if they are house cats it’s unfair for them to be left alone all day whilst you’re at work.
Be aware that bigger animals need space to run around the house and outside – if you have a cluttered house or little outside space, this could be unhealthy for them.
If you live in an apartment building getting an animal that likes to jump onto windowsills isn’t always the best idea – especially if you live a few stories up.
Younger children or homeowners with disabilities
Choose animals that are child friendly and calm, and don’t consistently jump up at you.
If you have a disability, research into what pets are able to assist you with your daily needs. But also remember that your disability could affect their needs as well.
Are you in a stable relationship?
Looking after a pet is big responsibility, by having a stable environment, it can help pets to have a happy and healthy life.
Also you don’t want that awkward conversation of who gets to keep the cat if you split up.
Ask your family and friends if they have any veterinary recommendations, read online reviews of the vets in your community and ask groomers in your area who they recommend.
Also make interview appointments with the veterinarians so you can decide the best care for your pet.
Make your home pet friendly
It is important to go through your home, to look for any hazards that could be dangerous for your pets.
Be aware of items like chewing gum and ibuprofen, as well as counter tops, bottles with chemicals, electric and curtain cords.
Rememner to also check that your garden doesn’t have any toxic plants for outdoor pets.
Get ID for your pet
Make sure your pet has ID, with your contact information on their collar or have them microchipped.
Always make sure you contact the company that keeps the records for the microchip, every time your contact information has changed, so if your pet is lost, it can be safely returned back to you.
When considering to get a pet please remember that they are not toys. They aren’t just a cute present for Christmas and you can’t jsut give them back when you get bored of them. More than 600 pets were abandonded in 2015.
If you are looking to get a pet though why not go to an anaimal shelter and rehome a furry friend who might have been abandoned, and give them a better home.
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