If you’re reading this chances are; you’re thinking about getting your first pet..
Welcoming a new member to the family is very exciting, and pets can play a huge part in turning a house into a home.
It’s a responsibility that we chose to take, and the love and emotional support we get in return is just amazing. However, if it’s not planned right, it could turn into a real nightmare, and it’s our animals who pay the price.
⚠️ Never Buy a Pet out of an Impulse decision.
First, we need to go through some basic concepts:
Animals are not disposable, they are not another part of your collection, and they are definitely not ours to posses.
We do not “own” our animals.. As a matter of fact, if its anything, they are the ones who kinda own us ?. I mean, if you actually think about it; they take up your space, you prepare their meals, feed them, shower them, entertain them, and clean after them. Its kinda like having a toddler really.
Our pets are our companions, and we are their care takers, or as one of my favorite animal behaviorist “Jackson Galaxy” says; “We are their Guardians”.
Now let’s Find Your Perfect Match ?
Ask yourself these questions so you can make an informative, right decision:
1. Do they match your lifestyle?
Are you a morning or a night person? When is your free time?
Are you an outdoor person? or would you rather be indoors? Are you an Active person?
Animals have their own exotic wild nature, and its these behavioral, physical and mental differences that makes each specie amazing in its own unique way.
So you should always learn beforehand, respect and embrace their qualities. Don’t force your own lifestyle on them. For as, at he end, this would only lead to your and their frustration.
One of the worst things a pet owner could do is; buying a pet that doesn’t match their lifestyle, and then force their lifestyle and house rules on him/her ⚠
Animals’ lives should not be compromised to fit our world.
2. Do you have the time?
Do you have enough time to spend with your pet?
How much time do you spend at work?
Do you travel a lot?
Who can take care of your baby when you’re away?
Some pets are a bit independent and rather be left alone doing their own thing, while others are very social and need constant human interaction. They need to be around you all the time. And if that didn’t happen, they are subjected to depression which leads to so many behavioral problems. So you need to put that into consideration.
3. How long are you willing to commit?
Some animals have very short life spans, like Roborovski hamster who live around 3 years. While others can surpass our lives, like some parrots who can live up to 80 years, and tortoises who can live up to a 100 years if they are properly taken care of. So how long are you willing to commit to your pet friend?
4. Be prepared and understand the risks:
So whatever type of pet you decide to go for, there will always be risks. Because you’re dealing with a wild creature, even ones who have been domesticated for decades like cats and dogs. Animals are animals, and its the beauty of their wild nature that made us fall in love with them in the first place. Mistakes will happen among the most trained of all. Because even us as “Humans” we make mistakes.
So if you cannot deal with the mess, think again..
Do your homework, and be ready…
5. Where do you live?
Do you live in a house, a big apartment or a studio apartment? Do you have a backyard garden where your pets could hang out? Is your home pet friendly?
The sizes of animals vary and so does the space required. For example, if you live in a small apartment, and you get a cute little puppy, who grows up to be a really large dog, this could be a real issue. However, that doesn’t mean you cannot get one… you just need to be aware of every aspect so you know what you’re getting yourself into, what to expect, and how to prepare for it. Moreover, some animals are small, but they still need a large space for their enclosures and other stuff.
Nevertheless, Some pets could be really loud and vocal.. For example, if you are looking into larger parrots like Macaws; they can be REALLY LOUD, plus they do take a lot of space for their cage, toys and all that good stuff. Although you can train them not to scream, but they are recommended to people who live in a house, and not in an apartment.
So can you adapt to that? What about your neighbors?
6. Do you have kids? One-person Or a family pet?:
Some animals can get along well with children, while others are not recommended unless there is constant supervision.
Because, some animals like African Grey Parrots, are very phobic, they do not like sudden movements and they’re easily scared if they’re not properly socialized.
Moreover, some animals only bond with one-person who is probably their main care taker, and doesn’t really care about the rest. Whereas, there are others who are very social and can bond with the whole family.
7. Super cuddly, independent or somewhere in-between?
Do you want a pet that you can cuddle and kiss all the time, or would you rather have a pet who loves being around you doing his own business, while you’re doing your own. Every animal has his or her own personality even among the same breed.
So what kind of personality are you looking for?
For example, many cockatoo parrots owners give them up for adoption because they cannot keep up with their needs. Cockatoo parrots are one the most social and super cuddly breed among parrots, so people buy them out of an impulse. But then they have to let them go when they realize that they don’t have enough time to hold and cuddle them.. All Day Long.
8. Can you afford it?
This is really important to think about before you welcome your new baby home. Adding to the cost of the pet, you need to think about their living expanses; food, toys, vet visits, enclosure, etc…
And it really depends on the specie. You need to know if you are ready to take that responsibility, or if it’s not the right time yet.
9. Do you have any kind of allergies?
This is quite obvious but you really need to get checked for allergies beforehand, because if you have a serious allergy to cats for example, you don’t wanna be sneezing for almost 16 years, and you don’t wanna get attached to an animal, only to find out that you have to let him go.
10. Research your Local vets beforehand
Are there good vets in your area? Do they treat the animal of your choice?
Depending on where you live, you need to make sure that there are good reputable vets around. Because nobody likes bad news but believe me, if God forbids anything should happen to your little baby and you are not prepared, its gonna be too hard to watch your poor baby suffer.
11. Consider adoption…
So many pets are suffering in silence because, their owners had to let them go.
Whereas, some are sent to shelters, and some are brutally thrown on the streets.
Approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, about 3.9 million are dogs and 3.4 million are cats.
Needless to say, these numbers represent the US. only. What about the rest of the world? The numbers are continuously growing and shelters are crying out for adoption. So consider adoption, and help save a life.
To sum up, there are endless numbers of animals, birds, fish and reptiles that you can choose from.
Take your time… Narrow down your list and start researching each one thoroughly, to find your perfect match ♡
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Hope you found that useful.. I’ll See you next time ✌️