Are you interested in getting a pet? Let us talk about it together! This is mostly going to be focused on dogs, but it can really apply to all animals. I am an animal lover. Big, medium, small I just love animals in general. I want to share with you what you need to know before getting an animal. These are just MY personal tips on what you need to know about having an animal. I do not want to be the person that sugar coats it for you and you end up getting an animal you were not prepared to take care of. So, without any further ramblings, let us get into what I think you should know about pets and what you need to know before getting one.
Adopt, Don't Shop
This is the first thing you need to think about before getting an animal. There are hundreds and hundreds of animal sitting in shelters needing a home. Animals are abused and left out on the streets because people do not do their research before deciding to get one. I know adopting is not an option for everyone. Some people have allergies and things of that sort but the majority of people can adopt. I highly encourage you to search out your local shelters and the surrounding areas to find a loving fur child that you can give a forever home to. If you can not adopt from a shelter maybe donate to one if at all possible. I'm not here to guilt you into adopting but I highly suggest doing your research before deciding where to get an animal from. Puppy mills and things like that are awful. If you must buy an animal, make sure it is from a good person who treats their animals well and is not using them to turn a profit.
What Breed Is Best For You
This is SO SO important. There is a breed that will be perfect for you, but not all of them are. You have to take into account a few factors when deciding what kind of breed is best for you.
Factor #1. What size animal are you willing to take care of? Big, little, maybe medium? A lot of people end up getting dogs as puppies and then giving them away because they get too big when they didn't do their research to see that it wasn't going to stay a puppy forever.
Factor #2. Animals shed. Find out how much your ideal animal sheds and if you think it is too much, DON'T GET IT. People have a tendency to get mad that their animal sheds on clothes or furniture and want to get rid of them.
Factor #3. Do you have the room for your animal? Does it need a lot of exercise and a big yard to run and play in? If you were to live in an apartment then that would not be ideal so you need to rethink. When animals are couped up and can't get their energy out they are bound to tear stuff up.
Factor #4. How friendly does your animal need to be? If you have family and kids you might not want to get a dog or cat that has a more aggressive nature. Again, the best way to find these things out is to do your research.
Animals cost money. A lot of money. Animals are no different than people. They need food, water, they have vet bills just like we have doctor bills. You want to make sure your animal has the best and is well taken care of. A lot of times you may have unforeseen bills if they get hurt or they get sick. Also, you have to think about the cost of grooming and even if you do it yourself you still have to spend money on the right items like shampoos and nail clippers. So, definitely factor in money before deciding to get a pet.
When you get an animal that is not house trained, you have to do it. Dogs have to be able to go to the bathroom outside. When my dogs were puppies I had to get up every 2 hours and let them out. Even after dogs are house trained they still may have an accident. You have to learn that in the beginning, you are probably going to be picking up a lot of little poos and wiping up a lot of dog pee. House training is hard on an owner and a pet but it is something you have to do. After your pup is house trained it gets easier, but a lot of people get so tired of having to put in the work that they decide they do not want the animal anymore. Make sure you are ready for the responsibility of house training.
Animals Are Companions, Not Accessories
Do not get an animal just to use them as an accessory or to show them off online. They take a lot of work. You need to SPEND TIME WITH THEM. Pets are like your children, you can not go off and constantly leave them. They want love and attention just like a person. They like to play, go for walks, and just spend time with you. Animals are more than just pets. They become family and should be treated as such.
In conclusion, after this ranty post, I just want you to know pets will show you unconditional love. They will do anything in this world that they can do for you. Pets are a HUGE responsibility but it is one of the most rewarding things in the world. Pets really do become family. They are awesome. Just be smart before you get one so we do not end up with more pets on the streets or without a home in a shelter to be put down.