Getting a pet

getting a pet

A decision for life

Making the decision to become a pet owner is an exciting time. No doubt you’re already imagining all the fun you’re going to have with your new family member and the joy your cute companion is going to bring to your life.

The average dog or cat will live somewhere between 12-15 years (some cats even make it to 20) so it’s a big commitment and one that will change your life significantly. If you are to become a pet owner, its important to understand the responsibility of bringing a new furry addition to the family and what this means.

Each year thousands of dogs and cats are abandoned or surrendered to animal shelters – the lucky ones are re-homed, but devastatingly many beautiful, healthy animals are destroyed, so please think carefully before you bring a pet home because the decision to get a pet should be one you make for life.

It’s also important to consider a few of the practical aspects of owning a pet before you make the decision to get one:

  • The cost: Many people only consider the cost of purchasing a pet, but you need to also think about the ongoing costs for caring for your pet such as food and food dishes, vet costs (which of course can be managed with pet insurance which also costs), collars and ID tags, grooming utensils, bedding or shelter and all the toys!
  • The commitment: Pets require a lot of your time and attention. From feeding to exercise and training, they are an intense, lifelong and incredibly rewarding commitment. If you travel a lot you will need to consider care while you are away.
  • Your environment: Is your home environment prepared and safe for a pet? If it isn’t, are you willing to make the financial and time investment to ensure that it is?

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Caring for your pet

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