Many of us love animals, but the responsibility and commitment can be a bit daunting when you have family and work duties that you need to attend to on a daily basis.
Having a pet could be difficult for even the most organised people in the world, but the results of owning an animal can have some fantastic benefits for you and your family.
There are many things you need to consider when it comes to pet ownership to ensure you give your pet the life that they deserve. First, you need to make a decision on what pet is best for your home and lifestyle. Once you have done your research and found an animal that works for you, you will need to weigh up the costs and the responsibilities that will surround this new member of the family.
Once you have found a responsible source to purchase your new pet, the next step will be preparing your home and your family for your new arrival. To fully understand each step, today we will be taking a look at how to prepare your family for a new pet.
Choosing the Right Pet
If you are thinking about introducing a new pet into your home, then you need to make sure you research your options. Many of us think that small animals such as rabbits, hamsters and gerbils are an easy option when it comes to pet ownership, however, this isn’t always the case. Due to these animals being small, independent and nervous, most children will get bored with them after a short while, which will lead to them being neglected.
If you decide to go with a small furry, you need to make sure your child is old enough to fully understand their complex needs in order to treat them right. A cat tends to be a popular option because they are loving, easy to interact with, and can be quite independent too. Dogs one of the most popular pets in the UK, but they come with a ton of responsibility. You will need to do plenty of research into the breed you decide to go for, like their behaviour, size, grooming requirements and common health problems.
Weighing Up the Costs
Before bringing home a pet, costs need to be considered. For any animal, you will need to purchase key items such as food, accessories, toys, bedding and cleaning products. For small animals, you will need to prepare their enclosures. You must make sure they are large enough and have adequate entertainment. For free roam animals, such as cats, dogs and house rabbits, you will need to pet-proof your home and provide them with an area they can call their own. Vaccinations, neutering, flea and worm treatment and regular vet visits need to be priced up.
You should consider purchasing pet insurance to provide you with some financial protection against surprise vet bills. You can compare pet insurance cover types and cover levels to find the best level of cover for the right price for you. Sites like Everypaw also offer a multi-pet discount, which is great if you want more than one furry friend. Before purchasing a pet, you must be able to afford the recurring costs, and calculating them beforehand is the best way to ensure that.
Getting Your Home Ready
Once you have decided on the best pet for you, the next step will be getting their new home ready. This includes making the home safe and secure, preparing a safe area for your pet that they can call their own and, most importantly, preparing your family members for the changes that will need to be put in place.
Many of us think that surprising our children with a new pet is a fun and exciting gift idea, however, this isn’t advisable. The initial excitement can be overwhelming for your new pet, who will be unsettled and confused enough with the situation they have been put in. It can also be difficult to explain the responsibilities and changes to your children at that moment. Preparing to get your new pet as a family is a great way to show your kids how much care and planning is required before introducing an animal into your home, which they may carry into adulthood and teach to their children, depending on their age. It will also help to prepare them for the responsibility required for the rest of the animal’s life.
Finding Your New Pet
Now you know what pet is right for you, you know how much they are going to cost you to care for them, and your home and children are prepared, it is time to find your new furry friend. There are many online resources out there that can help you find a pet, but unfortunately, some of these can’t be trusted. Many of us think that purchasing an animal from a bad situation saves them and although this is true, it also funds the cruelty. If you visit a breeder or pet shop and there is something odd about them, do your best to walk away and report the person or business immediately. You will save more animals by doing so, and if they are seized by the RSPCA, you can look into adopting them responsibly from them. Ideally, you should avoid pet shops when purchasing a new animal. The best way to ensure you get a strong, healthy and friendly animal is by going to a responsible breeder. You can also find loving pets in a shelter, but you may need to take the time to train them and get them used to their new surroundings.
A new pet is a great way to bond with your family, teach children responsibility, and improve your family’s overall wellbeing. An animal will love you unconditionally and will rely on you from the moment they step through your door, so make sure you are fully prepared and ready to commit to this animal for the rest of their life. This is essential and will teach your children to be the same when they grow older. Your new pet may only be around for a part of your life, but for them, you are their whole life.
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