Welcoming a four-legged friend into your life might seem like a good idea, but how do we know if it’s the right time? Thankfully, a simple checklist to see if you’re ready to have a pet could be all you need to ensure that you’re prepared.
Do you have the time?
One of the most important questions to ask yourself before getting a pet is whether you have the time to look after one. Pets can take up a considerable portion of our lives. Sure, all those cuddles can be worth it, but do you have time for when they get sick? Could you work in a daily walk or the time to clean out their enclosure each week? Thankfully, it might not be as tough as you think to make your schedule fit for your new pet.
Do you have the space?
Some pets take up less space than others, and this can be a huge factor when it comes to deciding what pet to welcome into your life. Smaller animals, such as rodents and certain reptiles, can take up less space than a giant dog breed, such as a Newfoundland or a St. Bernard. Plus, our pets often come with plenty of things. It’s important to make sure that you have the space to house it all.
Are there any allergies?
This might sound like a silly question, but it can be an important one for anyone looking to bring a pet into their lives. It might be time to head to the shelter to check that you’ve not got any hidden allergies to dog or cat hair if you want to welcome one of these furry friends into your life. Who knows, you might be all clear and find your best friend along the way as a result!
Can you commit?
Pets are for life – not just a one-off purchase. They give us the best years of their lives, and it’s important to make sure that we do the same in return. This could be making time for those vets visits or making sure that they fit in with your long-term plans. If you plan on traveling or starting a family, will you have the space and time to accommodate your new friend in the long run?
Have you got everything prepared?
Sometimes, it can seem overwhelming to get everything prepared for your new addition. However, writing out a list of everything you need and checking it off as you go can make it a lot easier to handle. Items such as a bed, food bowl, and any toys they might need are all essential before you welcome your pet into your home. However, additional costs such as a vet checkup and insurance should also probably go on the list, too – just in case.
Is there ever a right time to welcome a pet into your house? Thankfully, using a checklist to see if you’re ready to have a pet can help to make welcoming the new addition that little bit easier for everyone.