Did you know a child at age four asks about 437 questions a day? If you have children, then you do. If you don’t have kids, that can seem obnoxious. What questions could they possibly have that add up to this astronomical number? Well, most kids will ask questions about who, what, when, and of course, getting a pet is always somewhere in there. However, before introducing an animal into your home, consider some things. Take a look at these ideas before you go and adopt any animal.
Pets Eat a Lot
Some critters like snakes or spiders can go much longer, without eating, but if you’re thinking about a four-legged friend such as a dog, cat, or even a gerbil, know that it’s going to be a new chore and expense that you’ll be facing. Dry food is one of the cheaper options, and after a veterinarian’s recommendation, 36% of dog owners and 31% of cat owners bought this type of food for their animals in 2019. You will save some cash if you can get away with only needing dry food.
Pets Need to See a Veterinarian Regularly
Speaking of vets, veterinary care is almost always necessary when you have an animal at home. Check around your local area and see what your options are. Also, it’s a good idea to do some pricing. Vet visits aren’t cheap, and most pets have to go at least once a year.
Animals Need Training
Time, attention, energy, and sometimes additional costs will come up associated with training a new pet. You can get a fish or a hamster and never touch it again. However, dogs, cats, and other creatures will require training and guidance if you want to live comfortably. Dogs will have to be taught how to go to the bathroom outdoors, be socialized, and learn other etiquette as they grow up. Cats are easier, with the main focus being on potty training and not scratching. Think about how much spare time and patience you have to go through the motions of raising a pleasant animal.
Pets Aren’t Always Welcome
Are you someone that likes to pack a bag and take off for the night? Consider that this may no longer be an easy option. Some places will allow you to bring an animal but be prepared for your beloved pet to be banned from some of your favorite places. You can alter your destinations, but be ready to do a little more planning if you want to enjoy time away from home.
Pets Can Be Messy
Back to the idea of kids, if you have any, you know how messy they can be. Not only that, but they break things you may not have been expecting to replace for quite a while. It’s expensive and frustrating at times. Well, pets are the same way. Animals scratch, dig, have accidents, leave fur behind, chew, and otherwise cause chaos, especially in the early weeks and months. If you’re not prepared to lose a few items around your home, it might not be the right time for a pet.
Of course, before you go and get an animal and bring it home, make sure that you discuss it with the entire family. It’s a big commitment, and everyone needs to be on board. After 20 years, 48% of marriages end in divorce. You don’t want a new furry family member to be the reason. Fully prepare everything your new critter will require, including food, bedding, toys, and other equipment. Take your time, do your research, and you should have no problems with your new pet!