Are you sure that you are ready ?

It is human nature to feel we are ready to handle everything that comes our way. But deciding to get a pet is a decision we need to be committed to for a very long time. You need to be ready to make a long-term commitment. Nowadays, due to easy access to veterinary care, advancement in understanding the nutritional needs and the overall quality of care that our animals receive, has increased their life expectancy considerably.

Before purchasing a new pet, make sure you are ready to commit by asking yourself where you see yourself in two, five, ten and twenty years. If your vision does not include a pet then perhaps this is not the right time to get a pet.

Never make a hasty decision. Give yourself time to think about purchasing a new pet. Don't let anyone rush you into a decision or pressure you into making a choice that isn't right for you. If it is not right for you then it likely won't be right for the pet either!

The presence of a new pet in your home will certainly require you to change your lifestyle. Every pet has needs and they require constant attention and care. If you are not prepared to adapt your lifestyle to the responsibilities associated with having an animal, then bringing a pet home may not be a wise choice for you.

Below are some of the most common reasons (EXCUSES) that pet owners use when they decide to abandon their pets. These are some of the things you should consider whenever you are thinking about getting a new pet and avoid getting a new pet right now if you foresee these changes. 

  • The added mess in the home.
  • The time needed to care for them properly.
  • Landlord disputes.
  • Allergies.
  • The need to relocate for a new job.
  • Downsizing to a smaller home.
  • Divorce and separation.
  • New relationship.
  • Pregnancy.
  • Newborn babies.
  • Financial concerns.
  • New job.
  • Retirement.
  • Illness.
  • Death in the family.
  • Other pets in the home.
  • Not enough space in the home.