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Pet Readiness Checklist for Singles

We have had those days when we lie on the couch or the bed looking at Instagram feeds of people with cute dogs or cats. We also wonder how good it might feel that we have some companion rather than just lazing around on the weekend with great weather.

We would love to think that we are all ready for a furry critter in our homes because we are strong, responsible singles, right? But before we decide on getting one – or two, we need to check if we’re really as ready as we think we are. Here are some important points to consider before going out to get one.

Check what your finances look like

It’s a touchy topic, but yes you need to take a look at that now and what it would look like in the future. Pets are living things, and they require upkeep. Pet food, accessories, and visits to the vet all require money. You have to consider that you already have bills to pay and decide if your current financial situation will allow you to get a pet.

 

Assess if you’re ready for a change

Getting a pet means that you will add something to your life. And that something is a living, breathing animal. Believe it or not, your life will revolve around your pet because they really can’t take care of themselves.

You would want to mellow down if you’re the party-till-the-break-of-dawn type and get yourself home early because your dog or cat won’t be able to feed itself. Will you be able to take care of another creature besides yourself? Animals need to eat, sleep, and drink. And yes, they poop and pee, too.

Do you have the time?

Aside from lifestyle changes, you need to insert pet time into your daily routine. You might even need to rethink your travel plans because it’s either you will bring your pet with you, or you need to find someone to babysit your pet when you’re away. All pets need regular visits to the veterinarian.

Most pets need play time with their owners too. They get anxious and destructive when they get too bored, or they may even get sick if you don’t give them any attention.

You have the needed space

You need to think about the space your pet will live in. It needs to be big enough for them to be able to play or roam around at least. They really shouldn’t be confined in cages all the time unless they are the birds that would fly away. You need to make sure that your house is escape-proof to save yourself from future headaches of trying to find a lost pet.

And does your apartment allow pets? If yes, what are the restrictions? Some people are forced to give up their pets because they run into trouble with their building manager or their space got too small for their fully-grown pet.

You know it’s not a fad

A lot of pets get abandoned because they looked cute in pictures but proved to be a lot of work in real life. Some buy certain pets because a popular actor has one or they looked cool in movies. You need to really know if you are getting a pet for the companionship rather than just having something to show off on social media. If they look cute to you when they’re babies, they should still look cute to you when they’re fully-grown.

Owning a pet takes a lot of love, work, and dedication. Successful and responsible pet owners have such beautiful pictures on social media because they have invested a lot of time and emotion into taking care of them. So if you have given these points considerable thought and you believe you have them down pat, then you just might be ready to get yourself a lifelong companion.

 

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How to be a Responsible Owner of Pets

If you love pets and want to have them in your home, remember that you will be responsible for them. Taking care of a pet requires a serious commitment because you have important duties to fulfill. Thus, before you get a dog, a cat, or any pet, you must assume responsibility for it. Aside from providing for your pet’s basic needs, you must abide by the vital rules of responsible pet ownership.

Commit to Take Care of the Pet for the Long Haul

If you get a pet, you cannot give it away if it misbehaves. If it gets sick, you have to nurse it back to health. If you are changing your home environment, you need to consider your pet and ensure that it grows accustomed to the changes.

Spend Time with Your Pet

Bonding with your pet is a lifelong commitment. You maintain that bond by ensuring that you make time for your pet. You spend time with your family and friends, in your school or office. When you go home, spend time with your pet.

Provide Identification for your Pet

If you have a dog, ensure that it has a collar with present identification at all times. Your pet must have proper identification so that it can be returned to you if it gets lost. Without identification, your pet will be in an overcrowded shelter for homeless pets.

Spay and Neuter

Due to pet overpopulation, multitudes of pets are euthanized yearly. You contribute to this problem if you do not have your pet, especially your dog, neutered or spayed. In case, you want to breed your dog or any pet, ensure that you are a responsible breeder.

Pets may have unknown genetic histories. If you do not understand proper breeding, you may have pets with health problems without knowing it. To save your pet’s life, a viable option is to have it neutered.

Be a Responsible Breeder

In case, you want to be a pet breeder, you must abide by the right protocols. You cannot unhealthy and low-quality pets. You can get in touch with a reputable breeder who can help you breed your pet. You need to follow breeding standards.

Make Your Pets Healthy

If you want to have healthy pets, ensure that you provide fresh water and quality food. These pets must also have a comfortable shelter for their mental and physical well being. Have them do regular exercises. Unlike humans, pets cannot show illness or pain. Thus, ensure that you bring them to the veterinarian regularly. As they say, prevention is better than cure.

Train Your Pets

To maintain good relationships with other people, ensure that you train your pets. If they are well-behaved, your neighbors, friends, and other family members will not get upset. In case of incidents, injuries, or accidents caused by your pet’s misbehavior, you must be responsible for them.

Respect Other People

If you and your pet go out of the house, you must ensure to have it in a cage or on a lease. You must supervise it to ensure that it does not wander around the neighborhood. If you have a dog, its continuous barking will annoy your neighbors. Pick up your pet’s poop at once and dispose of it properly.

 

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