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Do you have enough time?
Caring for pets takes time.
As a pet lover we need to realize and accept that if it breathes and eats, unexpected things can happen and whenever something unexpected happens, we need to be available to pick up the pieces. Sharing a home with a pet can bring a lot of rewards but it is not all just fun and joy. Caring for animals takes work. Keeping them and your home clean, grooming them, feeding them, vet check ups, etc. all take time. Some pets live a long time, therefore, we need to decide if we can commit to caring for this animal for that long.
Caring for animals properly commands a great deal of commitment and it takes time to care for them the way they deserve to be taken care of. If you lead a hectic life style or if you are a person who is not home a lot, works overtime often or likes to travel, getting a pet that is a high-maintence type species may not be a good choice. If you are a person who doesn't mind grooming but can not see yourself spending a half hour every day brushing a long coated breed than perhaps a short coated breed would be a better choice for you. If you enjoy animals but do not want to interact with them for more than a few minutes everyday, mostly just feeding and watering them and cleaning their cage once a week, then perhaps a display animal would be better.
Before we can commit to taking on that extra responsibility that comes with pet ownership we really need to think about it a lot and then we need to decide for our self, how much time we are able to commit to caring for any pet and we need to be sure we can do so for the long-term. Always select the type of pet that best suits your lifestyle. There are many species to choose from and perhaps a different species is a better choice for you. Whatever our lifestyle is we should ask ourselves a few questions before we decide what species or which breed we should get. Some examples are:
How much grooming is involved?
What is the life expectancy?
Should I get a baby or would an older animal be a better choice?