There’s no doubt that getting a pet can bring immense joy to your life, but they are also a huge responsibility. Here are several things to consider before taking the plunge and adopting a pet:
Thinking of Adopting an Other Animal?
Do you have the time?
If you’re hopping on planes every week for business, it may not be the best time to add a pet. The same goes for those who are clocking extra long hours at the office. While a pet sitter is an option, animals need affection and attention from their owners.
Have you done your research?
Pocket pets, fish, reptiles, and birds vary greatly – have you thoroughly researched what animal will work best for you and your family? For instance, a gerbil’s life expectancy is an average of 3.5 years, while a chinchilla’s life expectancy is 15-20 years. Some animals, like hamsters and chinchillas, are nocturnal – meaning they’re active at night and may not be interested in interacting with their owners during the daytime. These are just a few of the important considerations to make before adopting a pocket pet!
Are you financially prepared for a pet?
Pets are great, but they can be expensive! Cages, food, toys, grooming, regular (and unexpected) veterinary expenses can really add up.
How does your family feel?
Are all members of your family in agreement to add a new pet? What about your current furry family members – are they going to be OK sharing your affection, their toys, etc.
Who will be the animals primary caregiver?
Many parents see pocket pets as great starter animals for young children. While these pets can be great companions and help teach responsibility, parents need to be prepared to care for the animal long-term if their child grows tired of the pet.
Are pets allowed where you live?
Ask your landlord about their pet policies, as some have age/weight/breed restrictions. If you own your own home, does your HOA or insurance have any pet or breed restrictions?
Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
Do you see yourself traveling the world or starting a family? If so, consider a pet that is going to handle these changes well.
If you aren’t quite ready to offer an animal a forever home, ask us about joining our foster program!