Pets make wonderful companions, but making the decision to add a pet to your family should not be one that is taken lightly. Here are a few things to consider when deciding whether adding a pet to your family is right for you.
What Kind of Pet?
The very first thing to think about is what kind of pet you might want. Fish, hamsters, bearded dragons, cats, dogs, the list is endless.
What Kind of Lifestyle?
Keep in mind if you travel a lot or tend to be away from home a lot during the day, you might want to choose a pet that is lower maintenance so you don’t have to face heavy kenneling fees (or find a great pet sitter).
Good with Kids?
When you have children, it’s extremely important to make sure that whatever kind of pet you choose is safe and good to have around kids. For example, certain breeds of dogs tend to be less jumpy and more tolerant around kids than others. Ask pet-owning friends for recommendations, and do research online before deciding.
Think Long Term
Pet ownership often involves a long-term commitment, so another thing to consider before getting a pet is whether you can handle having one for a long duration.
This challenging commitment can also be an opportunity. Adding a pet to the family is a great way to teach kids about responsibility. If you decide to get one, be sure to incorporate the tasks of taking care of the animal into their daily chores.
Financially, pets can be expensive. Are you going to be able to afford the food and maintenance that comes with pet ownership? Think long term when making the decision, because many times they tend to be a part of the family for a long time.
Where Should I Get a Pet?
Once you’ve decided on what kind of pet to get, look into pet rescue centers to adopt a pet that needs a home. There are many wonderful pets out there that would make perfect additions to your family. The cost of adoption is typically much less than going through a breeder, and you can feel good about giving a pet a chance it might not otherwise have had.
Making the decision to get a pet is one that requires careful consideration, however the rewards if you decide a pet is right for you are plenty!