Have you ever looked around your empty apartment, looked at the pillow you’re currently cuddling close to your body, glanced over at your laptop which is full of pictures of puppies and wondered what the heck you’re doing with your life? Yeah, well you’re not alone there. While getting a pet may seem like the answer to all of your problems, many people have a glorified image of what living with a pet is like. Sure, they’re super cute, and they are the perfect cuddle buddies, but there is also a lot of hard work that goes into owning a pet. If you’re weighing up your options, these are the things you need to know before getting a pet, so you’re totally prepared…
They need to be fed regularly
If you’re the kind of person that needs to eat AT LEAST 10 times a day, you’ll know what it’s like to be super hangry (it’s not great). It’s the same for your pets, as you can’t simply leave these guys to their own devices. Instead, you need to be prepared to feed them regularly. It may be that they only need to be fed once a day, or it may be that they need to be fed more regularly. Usually, though, they should be fed twice a day – morning and evening. If this is the case, you need to evaluate your daily life and see whether you can realistically incorporate this feeding regime into your life.
They can’t be left alone for too long
Okay, we’re the kind of people that can’t go 10 minutes without getting attention, and animals are the same. They just luuuuurve cuddles, they love to be played with, and they love getting attention from their best friends. However, although Facetime and video chat exists, checking up on your pet through a screen does not give them the attention they deserve. For their safety and the sake of your home, pets can’t be left alone for too long. You need to ensure you can check up on them throughout the day.
They need their own cribs
While it may be the dream to have 20 puppies in your bed every single night, there probably will come a time when you’re sick of sharing a pillow with a load of dog slobber – so you need to ensure that if you do get a pet, you have enough space to give them their own crib. This may be a simple dog bed, it may be a cat stand, or it might be a cage or a tank. Either way, they need space to do them, and you need space to do you.
They will need to be trained
We all wish that we could simply buy a cat or a dog, and it already is the most well-behaved animal of all time – but it just doesn’t work that way. In fact, these kinds of animals require hours and hours of training so that they don’t do their business on your brand new rug, they don’t rip your drapes to shreds, and they’re not aggressive with you. Of course, there are other pets that don’t need training – unless you fancy training up a ninja fighting fish. But that’s up to you.
They’re not cheap
While you might be able to find a brand new puppy online for a few hundred dollars, animals are not a one-off payment. In fact, pets are pretty darn expensive! From jabs, to vet fees, to their food, toys, and beds, animals will take up a huge chunk of your paycheck each month. If you barely have enough money to buy food for yourself, it might not be the greatest idea to also buy food for an animal. It’s not fair on you or them!
Do you want a pet? Well, if you didn’t know these things, you might want to think about it a little more…