Questions to Ask Before Getting Your Next Pet
- 28 December 2016
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If you already have a dog or cat, you know from firsthand experience that having a pet is a significant responsibility. When you bring a pet into your home, you’re making a commitment to take care of that animal for its entire life. If that seems like a big deal, it’s because it absolutely is.
From providing great pet food to taking your pet to the vet on a consistent basis, there’s a lot you need to think about before bringing a new pet home. So to help both experienced and new pet owners, we’ve compiled five important questions to ask yourself before making this decision:
1. How Much Time Do You Have?
The reason this is the first question we recommend asking before getting a pet is it alone can rule out certain pets that aren’t right for you at this moment. The best example is a puppy. Unless you have the time or flexibility to take a puppy out every few hours during the day, an adult dog or cat is going to be a better option for you.
2. How Much Patience Do You Have?
This ties directly into the first question. If you don’t think of yourself as very patient, the process of training a puppy is likely to be more frustrating than it is rewarding. That can make an adult pet who’s already trained a better option for you.
3. How Often Are You Home?
Thinking about how much you’re home will give you an accurate view of the time you have available for a pet. This is also an important consideration if you do a lot of traveling. While options like having a friend or family member can work for occasional trips, frequent travel may require boarding or hiring a professional pet sitter. Taking those potential expenses into account will help you understand the total cost of getting a new pet.
4. How Active Are You?
Do you enjoy spending a lot of time outside? Or do you prefer indoor activities like watching a movie or reading a book? Answering this question can help you better understand the size and type of pet you’ll be happiest with in your home.
5. What Do You Want From Your Pet?
The last question we recommend asking yourself before getting a new pet is what you want from it. Keep in mind that as with the other questions, there’s no “right” answer to this one. Instead, it’s all about taking a little time to think about why you’re really getting pet and then ensuring that the decision you make is the best fit for your lifestyle.
By asking yourself how much time and patience you have, how often you’re home, how active you are and what you want from your pet, you’ll be able to decide if now is the right time to get a new pet. These questions will also help you decide which type of pet is the best fit for your lifestyle.