As a pet owner the decision to bring a pet into your life should be thought out and family based. Unless you are a single individual living on your own, the decision to bring a pet into your family should be made by everyone who will be living with that animal. Following are some steps to consider when thinking about that addition to your home.
Step 1 – You should make certain that everyone in your brood agrees on the type of animal and the age of the animal. Dependent on the age of the animal, greater responsibilities come with it.
Step 2 – When the deciding is finished you should be certain that no one has allergies that haven’t been discovered because the pet doesn’t live in the home yet. Going to a pet store or a shelter to handle animals of choice is a good way to determine tolerances.
Step 3 – Ensure that the house and property will be a safe place for the animal to co-exist with your family. In the case of small animals that will be caged, it is suggested that ample space in the household can be provided for the animal’s domicile. Choose an area that will allow the animal to relax comfortably with low amounts of stress. If you consider an animal such as a dog consider if your yard is fenced in or if you don’t have a yard, who will be walking him and when.
Step 4 – Educate yourself and your family about the type of animal chosen for your home. Unexpected items such as behavior, training, temperament, life span, growth and eating habits have been known to cause owners to change their minds about pets and send them away. It is better to know what you are getting into before you get the pet and get its hopes up about having a forever home.
Step 5 – Choose where you are going to find this animal. In most cases whether it be small animals, fish, birds, dogs, cats, the options tend to be the same. Private breeders, pet shops, and animal shelters/rescues. Any of these options gives a needy animal a home because the point is; if an animal is in any of these places then they are waiting for someplace else to go.
Step 6 – Check your finances. Often time people forget this detail and what it means long term. Animal doctors, food, medicines, cage set ups, toys and other items are usually not just a one time purchase and a potential owner should be diligent in checking his/her finances to ensure there is room in the budget for their new addition.
There are other items to consider when purchasing a pet of any kind but these are the main things that can make or break an animal – owner relationship. As hard as it is for an owner to give the pet away, it is just as hard if not more so for the animal to deal with its lost love and the unknown future that awaits it.