Sara Kendall 2017-07-18 01:29:40
Is someone clamoring for an animal companion in your family? Are you getting big teary-eyed promises of taking care of a pet? “I’ll walk the dog, even in the rain.” or “I’ll scoop the litter box.” are just a few of the big promises likely being heard in your home. Before adding a furry family member into your home, here are seven questions to help guide you in making the right decision. Are you worried a family member might have animal allergies? If you suspect any family member might be allergic to animals, take them to the doctor. Save your family their heartache by having a physician check them out prior to bringing home a pet. Co-habitation could be problematic. If someone is allergic to furry animals, has eczema, hay fever, or asthma, you should take these important health concerns into consideration when choosing a pet. If there appears to be a problem, your family can go the fish and reptile route. You don’t need a dog or cat for your kid to learn how to be responsible and care for a living creature. Is your child developmentally suited for a pet? Puppies and kittens have sharp teeth and often teethe on anything, including children. This could result in unintentional injury and some unnecessary tears. The pet could become something that is feared rather than loved. Make sure your children are old enough to handle and understand this natural action of a young animal. Who is going to care for the pet? If a child promises to care for a pet, keep in mind your child’s developmental stage. Little ones may think they can handle anything, but you cannot expect a child to take on the total responsibility. Older children tend to have less time to commit due to homework and after school activities. One parent must participate as the primary caretaker, so that the animal’s needs are not forgotten. If this isn’t realistic, seriously consider if this is the time to get a family pet. How much time can you give the pet? Dogs and cats require daily attention. Fish, birds, guinea pigs, and hamsters demand minimal care. The amount of time your family can give a pet plays a big role in which type of pet your family can handle. Think about a typical week in your family’s life. Discuss with everyone how much time they could give a pet. Be realistic and don’t overshoot how much time your family really has for a pet. Can you handle the additional financial burden? There is an intense involvement in raising furry companions. A family provides food, shelter, health care, pet boarding, and all other necessities. In the first year of a puppy and kitten’s life, there are fairly high medical costs. There is a strict schedule of numerous vaccinations and the cost of neutering your pet can run up the medical bills. If this is not in your budget, consider adopting a slightly older animal, since it’s most likely these medical treatments have already been performed. Is the animal family-friendly? Research animal breeds prior to deciding on a specific breed. Different breeds react differently to the energy and excitement of children. Easy going pets are best for a family. Local breeders are a good source to find out the best match for your family. Can your family make a 12 to 15 year commitment? Pets rely upon a family for almost all of their needs for their entire life. Dogs and cats have a long life span which means 12 to 15 years of care every single day. Do not enter into this arrangement lightly. Deciding on a family pet is not as easy as it seems. An animal taking up occupancy in your home takes a lot of thought and consideration before making this arrangement a reality. Pets require a commitment of time, energy, and money. Do your homework, take your time, and make an honest assessment as to whether your home is right for any animal. Sara Kendall is a freelance writer
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