Whether you’re a cat, dog or even a bird person, welcoming a pet into your home can actually be a great way to reset your life. This is because they can provide you with a sense of purpose and companionship while also bringing around a plethora of health benefits, such as reduced stress and anxiety.
If you’re raising children, adding a pet to the family can also help them become more responsible!
However, that’s not to say that owning a pet is easy. After all, no matter what animal you choose, they have complex needs, and it’s your responsibility to fulfil them.
With that in mind, here are some of the do’s and don’ts of pet ownership that you should be aware of!
Do your research.
Sometimes the idea of owning a pet is much simpler than the reality of having an animal living in your home. As such, it’s important that you are suitably prepared for this change by doing as much research as possible. For example, you should figure out how much time you need to invest in their care and whether or not this aligns with your current busy schedule.
You should also try to learn more about their dietary needs and how often they eat. For example, if you were to raise chickens, you’d need to buy a chick feeder and waterer so that they can eat as often as they like!
Don’t underestimate the costs.
While there are tips and tricks you can use to stay within budget when caring for your pet, it’s important that you do not underestimate the costs of caring for one. For example, in addition to adoption fees, you have to pay for their food, toys and more.
You should also look into monthly pet insurance, as this can quickly get expensive if your pet needs urgent veterinary assistance, surgery or medication. After all, this care is essential when it comes to managing your pets health.
Do prepare your home.
Welcoming a pet into your home will require you to make some changes. You should declutter the space so that there are fewer hazards around for them to encounter. For example, you should move all cleaning products to higher-cupboards or spaces they will be unable to reach.
You’ve likely heard the mantra adopt, don’t shop hundreds of times before, especially when it comes to welcoming dogs or puppies into your home. This is because “many dogs are forced to breed as often as possible and kept under cruel conditions in puppy farms. By choosing to adopt, you are avoiding these organisations and supporting animal welfare in the process.”
Furthermore, when adopting, you’re helping a dog (or other pet) find its forever home after being abandoned.
Do be open to adopting older pets.
Many people enter shelters or pet shops with the intention of finding a younger pet to welcome into their family. This is understandable, especially if you want them to grow alongside your children. However, older animals are often ignored despite the fact that they make great, loyal pets.
Furthermore, they tend to be a little more relaxed and require less consistent attention, which means an older animal may actually be a better fit for your lifestyle.
Having pets in your home and as members of your family is definitely a win for everyone! What are the do’s and don’ts of pet ownership that resonate most with you? Anything you’d add?