6 QUESTIONS YOU NEED TO ASK YOURSELF BEFORE ADOPTING A PET
Adopting a pet is one of the best feelings ever! It strengthens your bonds with life, serves you with an unconditional love and gives you the satisfaction of saving a life. On the other hand, adopting a pet is a huge step, that needs to be thought through. There are so many pets left at the animal shelters, because of their owners’ poor prior assessment. To be given away, is such a traumatic process for your pet. Firstly, the most significant concept we need to familiarize ourselves with, is that adopting a pet, is a life-time commitment. So here are 6 fundamental questions you need to ask yourself before adopting one:
1-Is my lifestyle suitable for adopting a pet?
We live in a volatile world. Everything can change so radically and rapidly. Most of us don’t even know where we will be living in 5 years. Our lifestyles and goals are not the same as our parents, we don’t have stable lives and we don’t want to be in one place for a lifetime. That’s why we need to make sure that we are ready to take our pet(s) with us, wherever we move. In addition to this, if you travel a lot on the occasions of your professional and/or personal life, you should have someone you trust as a back-up owner. Last but not least, you need to have the necessary time to exercise and give attention to your dog. In conclusion, being a pet-owner is not for everyone, you need to have the appropriate personality and lifestyle for that.
2-Do I need to check with my landlord?
Yes. One of the most common reasons behind pets being left at the shelters, is the disagreement between the landlords and the pet owners. Thus, the second step towards your potential decision of adopting a pet, shall be talking to your landlord.
3-Am I or anyone in my family is allergic to fur?
It’s very difficult to deal with a pet allergy. Although there may be some people who can get over their pet allergies, after spending several weeks with their pets, this method most likely won’t work for most of us. Thus, it is better to pay a visit to your doctor before adopting a pet, to find out whether you are allergic or not.
4-Am I ready to cover my pet’s expenses?
Apart from the fundamental expenses of your pet, such as food, toys, grooming, annual pet licensing costs, cat litter etc., you also have to be prepared to cover your little fellow’s occasional veterinary costs. Considering your pet’s potential health problems, do you have enough budget to finance the suitable treatments which may be in the form of medications, vaccinations, injections and even operations?
5-Is this the right match?
Choosing the right breed for your lifestyle is one of the most important issues you need to be aware of. Do you think that it is a good idea to live in a small apartment with a husky? Or to adopt an active and playful breed while you don’t have enough time to play with it? In addition to that, if you already have other pets, you need to figure out whether they can get along. Luckily, it is allowed in most shelters to bring in other pets, to see if they will have a way with each other.
6-Will I be sufficiently patient during the training period?
It takes some time for a dog to get used to your house and rules. An in-home training might make the whole process more convenient. While you can contact professional dog trainers or training schools, you can do it yourself as well, with the guidance of related online and offline resources.
After asking all these questions to yourself, if you still feel like adopting a pet, then go for it! You are going to experience a unique relationship, full of innocence, surrender and loyalty. Your pet will take away all the boredom and stress you carry home with you every day, and remind you the joy in playfulness. Especially if you are living in a city, having a pet may become your only opportunity to connect with nature, and understand that you are a part of it.
Keep in mind that it’s a great responsibility which awards you with lots of love, happiness and bonding. Wish you a lovely and playful summer! <3