Are you good for looking after a pet
Do you have what it takes to be a responsible pet owner?
Responsible pet ownership means more than just adoring your pet. It is a serious lifelong commitment that requires time and close attention. Before you get a pet, be sure you are ready to commit to responsible pet ownership. Don’t forget -- when Fido or Flopsy misbehaves, you are the one who will have to take the blame.
Can you afford a pet?
Basic animal expenses can range from £700-£3000 per year. Plus, consider all the little extras that you may want to splash out on for your pampered pet. If your pet suffers from a health condition, you could be looking at spending several more thousand pounds per year. Consider purchasing pet insurance after you get your new pet – a large percentage of medical expenses may be covered. Then, make a monthly budget that you can stick to.
Is Your home appropriate for a Pet?
Pet-proofing is not quite the same as child-proofing. Our four-legged companions tend to be a bit craftier than kids when it comes to off-limits areas (especially those with edible components). You can hardly expect your pet to be fully trained on arrival, so there is bound to be the need for confinement and restraint. Do you rent your home? There is no reason renters cannot be pet owners, but you will need to work with the landlord. What about size? A studio apartment may not be ideal if you get a Great Dane. Do you have children or other pets? You cannot be certain everyone will get along.
Can your lifestyle fit a pet?
If you work very long hours or travel frequently, your lifestyle may not be appropriate for a pet. Though a social life is important to many people, do friends and dating take up the majority of your free time? Consider whether or not you are willing to make adjustments to your lifestyle to accommodate a pet in your life. If not, now is probably not the right time to get a pet. If you are willing to make changes, consider the time it will take to provide basic needs such as training, grooming, exercise, and veterinary care. Then, decide if you can make the time.
Do you have limitations?
A chronic health condition or injury can make it difficult to care for a pet. Be sure you have someone else who can help when necessary.
What about pet allergies?
Allergies can seriously debilitate a person, often resulting in the choice to give up the pet. If you or someone in your household has allergies, spend some time around pet to see if the symptoms can be managed. It is simply unfair to give up a pet for this reason if it can be prevented.