Having a pet is certainly a big decision to make. Not only do you need to be fully aware of the responsibility of pet ownership, but you also need to ensure that you are ready for every aspect of the whole pet care journey. It isn’t always going to be sweet cuddles, picturesque walks and companionship.
Of course, there are some major benefits for having a pet in your life, especially if you do live on your own as having someone around in your home can really lift your spirits. Many people decide to get a pet for a variety of reasons. It may be to encourage you to be more active because you have no choice but to exercise a dog. It might be because your family like animals and maybe you want to inject some sense of responsibility into your children. The reasoning can go on and on, but if you find yourself at the beginning of a journey, where you are just weighing up if a pet is the right thing for you and your family, I thought I would share with you some of the good things, the bad things, and the ugly things of pet ownership. Giving you the complete low down.
The good things may seem self-explanatory, but if you are trying to make an informed decision about owning a pet then we really need to discuss all the good things about it. First of all, there is the companionship. Whatever pet you choose, be it a cat, a dog, or even something like a rabbit, the companionship they can offer can sometimes be better than that of the human kind. They are always there to offer their ears, they certainly don’t answer back, but even you know what they are trying to say. Sounds crazy but it is true. They can also be great in other ways. For example, a dog needs to be exercised, and so this could be a great way to not only get you out of the house, but also encourage you to become more active in your general wellbeing.
Pets can also be a great ways to incorporate life lessons for yourself and the family. Often many couples embark on getting a pet together first before even having children because it enables them to be responsible for something other than themselves as part of a unit. Other people like to encourage families to have a pet as children can start to learn about feeding animals, general care which can help them to learn valuable lessons in responsibility. There really are so many great points to having a pet that it can seem a little harsh to start describing some of the bad or ugly points. But while they may not necessarily be things that put your off, it can certainly help you make the right decision.
So now comes some of the bad points about pet ownership. It is a lifelong decision, or at least for the duration of your pets life. This isn’t something that you can pick up and put down when you find it convenient. You also have to consider the costs involved about pet ownership. They do require you to pay out for food, somewhere to sleep and the cost of getting them looked after if you decide to go away on a holiday or away with work. It isn’t easy. You also need to think about if they get sick.
Pets can get ill just like we can, perhaps not in the same way, or as often, but sometimes they may need treatment, and this can not only cost you money but you also need to be able to ensure that they take any medication. Websites like VetIQ have an array of information and products that can help with this sort of thing. You also need to bear in mind that you need to be consistent. While you may be encouraged to walk your dog, for example, at first, it may not excite you on cold or winter days. But it still needs to be done. These are the things you need to consider before getting a pet.
Lastly, is your home even capable of housing a pet? Do you have the space? Again it may seem like a good idea at the time, but you also need to have a decent amount of space. A place for a pet to rest or be kept, to ensure that you give them a decent lifestyle, as well as having your own space. You also need to ensure that you are even able to have pets? If you don’t own your own home and rent, you may need to check your agreement to ensure that you are able to have a pet, or you might end up with notice to leave or a big bill when you do vacate.
Finally, the ugly bits. To be honest there is isn’t that many in my opinion. There are some of the obvious, more messy jobs that you need to endure when you have a pet. A dog will go to the toilet, either in your garden or while out for a walk. Of course, that will need clearing up. A cat may go outside, but you may also have a litter tray for them. This will also need to be cleaned regularly for hygiene purposes. Even smaller animals in cages or tanks require cleaning out every now and again. Also, when an animal isn’t well, you might find that you also have to clean up unexpected mess like sickness. Of course, none of this is pleasant, but it is over as quick as it started.
Rest assured that although there may be a few bad and ugly things we have covered in pet ownership, I think you will agree that most of them are short lived experiences. The good definitely outweighs the bad stuff, that is for sure. I hope that this helps you come to the decision of whether pet ownership is right for you.
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