Recently in the newspaper appeared a news informing that more than 250,000 pets will be given during the holiday season, the most demanded dogs, cats and birds. Of which a large number will be abandoned in the future.
From ChondroPaw®, we invite you to answer the following questions before making a compulsive purchase:
Why do you want a pet?
It is amazing how many people do not ask this so simple before hosting a pet in their home. Acquiring a pet simply because it is what people “do” or because the children have been whining about a puppy usually ends in a big mistake. Do not forget that some pets can be with you 10, 15 or even 20 years.
Do you have time for a pet?
Dogs , cats and other pets can not be ignored simply because you are tired or busy. They need food, water, exercise, affection and company every day of each year. Many animals in the shelters are there because their owners did not really think how long it took to take care of them.
Can you afford a pet?
The costs of keeping a pet can be quite high. Licenses, training classes , sterilization and castration, veterinary care , brushing, toys, food, cat litter, and other expenses are things that add up quickly.
Are you ready to take care of the problems that a pet can cause?
Infestations of fleas, scratched furniture, accidents of animals that are not educated to be in a house and unexpected medical emergencies are lamentable but are aspects common to the possession of a pet.
Can you have a pet in the place where you live?
Some neighborhood communities do not allow pets, and others have restrictions. Make sure they are before bringing a furry companion home.
Is it a good time for you to get a pet?
For example, if you are a student or you travel assiduously as part of your job, it is wise to wait to stabilize.
Are your life habits appropriate for the animal you have in mind?
The size of the pet is not the only variable you have to think about here. For example, some small dogs like terriers are very active. They need a lot of exercise to calm down, and they usually bark at any noise. On the other hand, some large dogs are very quiet and are happy and content with just sleeping on the couch all day. Before you buy a pet, do some research. In this way, you make sure you choose the animal that will fit your lifestyle.
Do you know who will take care of your pet when you are traveling or on vacation?
You will need to have trusted friends or neighbors or money to pay for a pet shelter or hostel . Or maybe modify your vacation style to take with you.
Can you be a responsible owner?
Having your pet sterilized or castrated, obeying community laws and putting the chip on you are things that are part of being a responsible owner. Of course, giving your pet love, companionship, exercise, a healthy diet and regular veterinary care are also essential.
Are you prepared to maintain and care for a pet throughout your life?
When you acquire a pet, you are committing yourself to caring for the rest of your life.
Okay, once you’ve answered all the questions. If you keep thinking about acquiring a pet, from ChondroPaw® we encourage you to go to some shelter, since many of the abandoned animals in the shelters are puppies of dogs and cats, victims of irresponsible people who allowed their pets to breed. But there is a fairly even number of dogs and cats in shelters that are more than a year old that were welcomed by people who did not think about the responsibilities of owning an animal before taking it home.
Please do not make the same mistake. Think before acquiring one. Sharing your life with an animal companion can bring incredible compensations, but only if you are willing to devote the necessary time, money, responsibility and love for the rest of your life.