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5 Things to Consider When Adopting a Pet

Updated on September 26, 2019

Pets are a great addition to any family, but sometimes people forget about all of the responsibilities involved in taking care of them. Today, I'll provide you with five things to consider before deciding to adopt a pet.

1. Are you financially stable?

Similar to when you have a child, you must be able to financially provide for your pet. The adoption fee, which differs from pet to pet, is just the start. You'll also have to consider the obvious costs such as food, litter (if you're adopting a cat), food/water bowls, leashes, and extras such as toys and pet beds.

Long term, they may need some sort of medication or surgery, so considering potential medical costs is important. Nowadays, more people are getting pet insurance to help out with hefty veterinary bills. After all, it's better to be safe than sorry.

2. How often are you home?

Pets are not plants. Besides giving them things like food and water, they also need a lot of care and attention just like you and me. If you are leaving in the early morning and not coming home until late at night whether it be that you work a lot or are busy all the time, it may make your pet feel neglected or lonely.

Making sure that you have time in the day to play and spend time with your pet is important if you intend on adopting one.

3. Why do you want a pet?

Something that's important to consider is why you want to adopt a pet in the first place. Of course, there are several answers to that, but any answer you give should conclude that you are trying to further enrich your life and provide a loving home.

If you don't have good, pure intentions towards getting a pet, you probably shouldn't get one. A sad reality is that sometimes animals get abused by their caregivers which is extremely heartbreaking. Why get a pet if you're just going to hurt it?

Determining the "why" can better determine what type of pet you should adopt.

4. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?

Adopting is a long-term commitment. So, if you plan on moving across the country, you should count on the fact that your pet is coming with you. If for some reason this poses an obstacle, you may want to reconsider.

Any pet that you adopt will be there for a significant portion of your life. If that is not something you are ready for quite yet, it's okay to wait until you feel confident enough in your decision.


5. How do you feel about fur on your furniture?

Pets such as dogs and cats have fur, which means that it's likely to end up getting on your furniture. While it can sometimes be frustrating to deal with, it's simply a part of having a pet.

I have known people who kept their dog primarily in the garage for a good portion of it's life because of this issue. However, imagine how that dog must've felt not being allowed in the house for such a long period of time. If you're living inside a warm, cozy house, your pet should be too.

If the fur on furniture bothers you, you may want to go for something hairless instead.

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