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.