Courtesy of Penny Martin
There’s little question that a pet is a great addition to your family and household. However, this is not without caveats. In fact, the myriad struggles of pet owners are well known as both humans and pets adjust to their new dynamics. Not only that, added costs are inevitable as pets have needs that also must be met.
It’s really important to properly set your expectations before welcoming a pet into your home. Moreover, you also have to take the time for due diligence to ensure that you are, in fact, making an informed decision bringing a pet home. So before you head out to the nearest animal shelter, first hunker down and consider the following.
Your pet of choice
Generally, you don’t pursue a relationship with a person without some measure of compatibility. This, by and large, also applies to your pet. Naturally, your first step should be to choose the right pet for you. This will entail looking beyond the initial cuteness and really taking stock of the animal or breed’s temperament, size, activity level, and the like to see how these measure up to your home, lifestyle, medical conditions (if any), and more. Doing so will invariably save you and your pet plenty of grief in the future, as well as contribute greatly to the success of your relationship.
In the same vein, your available resources should also be a consideration before you take on the responsibility of adopting a pet. Know that in the course of caring for another living being, your budget will inevitably take a beating. Needless to say, it will do you a load of good to anticipate the possible expenses well in advance, which runs the gamut from food and supplies to vet bills.
The latter, in particular, is a real cause for concern, as these are generally costly but largely unavoidable. You never really know when your pet will get sick or injured, despite your best efforts, and you really don’t want to be caught with exorbitant vet bills, considering how veterinary expenses can cost an arm and a leg. With this in mind, it’s important to consider measures that will help you manage such costs, like pet insurance. There are, in fact, some very good yet low-cost options, so it’s a good idea to explore the many pet insurance plans available, as well as features like the services they cover and deductible costs.
And while still on the subject of pet care expenses, take note that you will also have to stock up on the right supplies for your pet, as well, so this is another thing to budget for. You can, in fact, consider these all-important items as investments as they not only ensure the health and comfort of your pet, but may even contribute to how quickly and effectively they are trained.
At the most basic level, you will need bowls for your pet’s food and water, as well as beds and crates. For cats, litter boxes are a must, as are scratching posts, if you want to spare your furniture. It’s also a good idea to pick up an enzymatic based pet odor remover just in case your pet has any accidents. Canines will also benefit from a collar and leash for walks and potty training. And of course, don’t forget toys that are both safe and fun as pets of any kind just can’t get enough of them.
Your time and effort
Lastly, know that the most valuable gift you can ever give a pet is your undivided attention. This is time and effort well spent on training or even just playing and cuddling. Giving your pet lots of attention will not only do wonders for your pet’s behavior (and potty habits), but it will also help you forge a precious bond founded on love, loyalty, and respect.
Welcoming a pet to your home will demand a lot of work. It may even put a dent in your finances. But with the payoff of being on the receiving end of unconditional love and adoration to look forward to, no doubt, you will find that it’s well worth it all.