Time, money and love are just some of the requirements involved in adopting an animal. It is therefore important to make preparation before bringing in a new friend. 10 tips to help you make the right decisions.
1.Don't adopt out of impulse
Adopting a pet just because it looks cute in the shelter isn't the way to bring a new partner into the home. Try not to buy a pet out of a momentary urge or gut feeling, but out of a genuine desire and full understanding of all that it entails. Many pets adopted out of a momentary whim find themselves on the streets after their owners have regretted and decided it was a big responsibility for them.
2. Preliminary study
Before you get to the store or adoption center, do the preparation, and learn everything you can about the pet you want (using books or the Internet). If you are interested in adopting a dog, for example, examine several breeds and learn the differences between them. This way you can get an idea about the traits that characterize a particular race and decide if it is right for you and your family
3. Adaptation to lifestyle
Before you introduce a new friend to your life, ask yourself questions about your lifestyle and try to understand if you can really provide the desired conditions for it. Do you spend a lot of time away from home during the day? Some animals will have a hard time staying alone for many hours. Are you night people? Some animals sleep a lot longer and are more active at night. Do you have children? young or adult? Can they be afraid of the pet? Do you travel often? Think about who will take care of your pet.
4. Adaptation to the living environment
Some animals can be very unhappy in an apartment with a small space or in an apartment without an exit to a balcony or a garden, for example. It is therefore important to ask questions regarding your living environment and choose a pet that these conditions fits for it. How much space do you have in the house? Do you have a yard? Is it closed? How will your neighbors react to your pet? If you are in a rented house, will the landlord approve it?
5. The reason you want a pet
Sometimes we are interested in bringing a pet into our lives for the wrong reasons. It is important to understand the reasons before we do so to understand if at the moment of truth we will have a real motivation to take care of the animal for the best. Do you want an animal to be your companion? Do you want an animal that you can play with? Going out for a jog with your animal? No problem with that but a pet is not just a play doll, but a living creature that requires care and responsibility. Do not buy a pet just to try to teach a small child what responsibility is, and do not force a child to take care of an animal he did not ask for. It will not serve the purpose and especially it will adversely affect the care of the pet.
6. The right time
Timing is a very important parameter when it comes to animal adoption. Check if this is the right time for you to take an animal home. If you already have other animals in the house, will they get along? If you are planning to bring a baby soon, is it safe for him? Does your health condition allow this? Adopting a pet at the right time for you may prevent situations that will cause discomfort in the future
7. Life expectancy of the pet
Dogs and cats live an average of 16-12 years and even longer. The life expectancy of turtles and goldfish is undefined - almost like that of man. Small parrots live between 14-8 years. Think about how many years you would like to take care of the animal and ask yourself if you are built for a long-term commitment
8. Meeting the needs of the animal
It is advisable to know very well what needs the pet you want to bring home has and whether you are really able to take care of all its needs. Do you have the time to feed and clean him? Spend time with him? Caress him? Goldfish require less attention than a cat. Bring home the pet that you can meet its needs in the ultimate way
Apart from the purchase price of the animal, consider its breeding expenses - food, treatments at the vet, grooming, toys, a babysitter while traveling and many more.