For many people, their pet is a major part of the family. They can bring all types of joy to you and your family; however they are also a big responsibility that some pet owners don’t realise. Not only do you have to continuously care for your new pet around the clock, it is imperative that you choose a pet that suits your lifestyle to make it easier for you and a smoother transition for your new four legged friend.
Basic responsibilities of pet ownership
Before you actually go out and get your pet, you should truly assess whether or not you are capable of giving them the care and attention they will need. This includes the basic necessities such as food, water, toys and shelter along with other responsibilities that involve grooming, training, walking and playing with them to keep them entertained. These basic responsibilities of pet ownership take a lot of time and commitment and have to be done on a daily basis for your furry friend to be brought up properly.
Your pet’s health and safety should be at the forefront of your mind. Registering your pet and having them micro-chipped is a sure way to have your pet safely returned if they get lost or go missing. Along with micro-chipping, de-sexing is another cost that you need to take in to account within the first couple of months of ownership. This operation will make the pet better behaved and means there is a less chance of certain types of cancer.
Other general responsibilities of pet ownership include:
- A commitment to lifelong care of your pet
- Avoiding impulsive decisions – make sure you’re ready for a pet and it suits your lifestyle
- Remembering that it is a huge time and money investment
- Provide preventative health care for your pets (vaccinations, dental work, microchipping etc.)
- Socialisation and appropriate training to get them accustomed to other pets and people
- Providing exercise and mental stimulation
- Arranging for care if you need to go somewhere
Owning a pet is a massive responsibility that some people don’t realise. It is extremely important that you weigh up all the costs, your lifestyle and other factors when deciding whether or not you should get a new pet. Many pets are abandoned at shelters as their owners cannot or will not look after them. If you make the decision of getting a new furry friend, remember that it is for their entire life.
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