5 Things You Should Consider Before Getting a New Pet
For many people, pets are a part of the family, even replacing children for those who don't want quite such a serious commitment. Like children, however, pets require a great deal of care and deserve to have a happy forever home, where they will be safe and loved. If you are considering getting a new pet, here are 5 things you should consider before bringing a new animal home.
- Are You Able to Commit?
If you are thinking about getting a new pet, you first need to make sure that you will be able to commit to this animal, no matter what it may be. Are you going to be able to dedicate time to walking your new dog a few times a day? Can you remember to feed your new hamster? If you can't answer yes to these questions with confidence and perform essential tasks relevant to your pet and his or her well-being, a high maintenance pet is not for you. Consider a goldfish or something that won't demand as much of your time.
- Is Your Pet Lifestyle Appropriate?
The next thing that you want to take into consideration is whether or not your pet will fit your lifestyle. If you live in a small apartment, you clearly will not want to bring home a greyhound or a great dane, because the dog will be too large for the space. You should never choose a pet solely on its appearance either because that is why there are so many pets in shelters. People bought something they thought was cute without doing research and found out they couldn't handle it. Ask questions if you need to. Be informed when choosing a pet.
- Is Your Home Pet Friendly?
You may not know it, but gum is deadly to dogs and ibuprofen is toxic to cats, so you will want to be sure to get rid of such hazards before you bring home a new pet. You will want to check any cabinets that are at pet level and be sure that there are no chemicals anywhere that your pet will be able to come in contact with them. Also be sure to pick up toys, electric cords, and curtain cords, in case you have a curious pet, like a ferret, moving in.
- There Will Be an Adjustment Period
When you bring your new pet home, you need to know ahead of time that your pet will not automatically adjust to his or her new surroundings. In fact, it may take your new pet a great deal of time to get used to his new home and family and you cannot be angry about it or try to rush it. Some puppies will cry all night long the first few days they are home, but they will get over it shortly. If you come home with a temperamental pet, like a hedgehog, it can take months before your animal warms up to you.
- Spay or Neuter Your Pet
Because there are already so many animals in shelters that have resulted from animals breeding time and time again, it is important for you to spay or neuter your new pet so that there are not more shelter animals on the way. Some animals are already fixed when you purchase them, but if they are not, many times, you can have it done for a small fee at your local SPCA.