As we go through life as either a single, a couple or a family inevitably we will ask ourselves this age-old question; should I or we get a pet? Before we jump right in we have to look at the many factors that go into this decision:
- Do I have time and energy that having a pet takes?
- Do I have space to house a pet, and if so, what size and type of pet should I choose?
- Am I away from home for long periods of time?
- Do any members of my family have allergies that could be effected?
Add any other points here that could effect your decision, now lets look at each of these points in more detail.
Do I have time and energy that having a pet takes? So lets say you’re in your twilight years, perhaps a horse, or a St. Bernard might not be the right choice for you. But lets say you’re a stay-at-home mom, living on a farm or a huge property then these might be a good choice. St. Bernard’s are gentle giants, great with kids, but they need room to roam. A horse needs, feeding, grooming, exercise, but could be a great choice to teach children responsibility, new skills, etc. I think you see where I’m going with the right choice.
Do I have space to house a pet? Let’s say you live in a studio apartment; then a cat or small dog may be your preference, if you live in a house, a larger dog could be accommodated; always consider all the options; and make sure if you have children you look for a pet that is the recommended temperament for a child.
Am I away from home for long periods of time? So you are in a job or profession where you travel a lot; then maybe a dog is not for you. A dog needs companionship, exercise, trips outside to use the bathroom etc. A cat can be left for a longer period of time, with today’s auto watering systems, and feeding systems, this makes life easier. Or you could hire a pet sitter, but what’s the point in having man’s best friend if you’re not there enough to bond and enjoy your pet.
Do family members have allergies that could effect this decision? Hair allergy, pet dander allergy, the list goes on and on. If this is the case perhaps a fish, turtle, or bird is more in the realm of possibilities.
So in conclusion, take your time to consider if and what pet would be best for you; remember those cute kittens and puppies do grow up; the biggest mistake people make is falling in love with this cute little critter only to discover months later that they made a mistake, and no longer want this animal. Think long and hard before making a decission you could love or hate for a very long time.