The moment you lay eyes on that adorable kitten or puppy your friend or family owns, the temptation to adopt will be very astounding. Take a step back and consider whether bringing an animal into your life is right for you before any adorable faces find their way into your heart.
Data says that far too many animals are loved when they get home and then neglected or abandoned over time because owners figure out — too late — that caring for pets is more responsibility than they could handle
The reality is that bringing home a companion animal is a big step — one that will affect your lifestyle for many years.
For sure, all pets bring in companionship oodles of selfless love and joy for the time they spend with and your life changes forever.
So, consider the following things before you get a pupper/critter home
Pet will be utterly dependent on you for their entire life.
What kind of pet will be suitable for your lifestyle current and future?
Consider whether your lifestyle and personality would make you a better dog parent or cat parent
The life span of most is around 12 to 15 years with reasonable care, and most cats 15 to 20 years.
THINGS TO CONSIDER: – Before bringing these the furballs home, map your life over the next 15 to 20 years.
- What significant changes might happen to you during a pet’s lifetime? Marriage? Children? New job? Long-distance move?
- Can you spend the time, energy, and money to care for your pet?
- Can you take care of the pet when they are unwell?
- When you take on taking on new responsibilities like marriage /children/new job?
- What happens if your spouse, partner or child is allergic to pets
Congratulations, if you were able to think through made your decision to get your buddy home.
Be ready for years of pawsomeness!