For as long as you can remember, your little ones have been begging you to get them a family pet of their own. You tried the goldfish and hamster routes but those didn’t really work to prevent them from pining for a cat or dog or their own, and now you’re starting to wonder if you should actually consider surprising them with a fluffy friend of their own.
Before you rush into getting your little ones a cat or dog of their own, it’s important to take the time to think the decision through carefully. After all, a pet isn’t just for now, it’s for life, and once you take on an animal its a commitment that lasts for years and years. So it’s essential that before you adopt a new pet, that you’re sure you and your family are ready for it.
Wondering how you can determine if now is the right time to get a family pet? Below is a guide to some of the key factors to consider before agreeing to get a family pet!
Is it affordable?
First and foremost, one of the most important questions to ask yourself is whether or not getting a pet is affordable. It’s not just a case of being able to afford the fee for the pet in the first place, it’s also about the long-term cost of having a pet and whether or not each aspect of that is affordable for you and your family. You need to think about what costs come with having a pet, from veterinary bills to the price of high-quality pet food, such as the food from Burgess Pet Care, for instance. You need to make a list of all of the costs that come with owning a pet and decided whether it’s something that’s affordable right now.
Are you animal lovers?
It’s all well and good getting a pet to make your children happy but the fact is that you and your partner also need to be animal enthusiasts. After all, you may find that your children get bored and are no longer willing to care for their pets. Or, you might find that when your children leave home, the pets are left behind with you. So, being someone who is passionate about animals is important, in case you are left to care for the pet that you add to your home.
How much time do you have for a family pet?
As a family, you need to think about the amount of free time you have for pet care and how often you are all at home. Compared to cats, dogs require a lot more care and time, whereas cats are happier to be left on their own for longer periods of time. That’s why it’s important to think carefully about the time that you have available when it comes to deciding on the type of pet to add to your family. If you have limited time and are out a lot, a cat is probably a better choice than a dog.
There you have it, a few simple factors to consider and take into account before agreeing to get a family pet.