Pet-Owning Responsibilities That No One Bothered to Tell You

by - December 19, 2018

Fancy picking up a canine friend of your own one day after getting friendly with your friend’s dog? How about one, two or even a trio of cats to play with and look after?

It goes without saying that pets can give a lot of purpose to our lives. It helps us focus our efforts on something that matters and it gives us a friendly face to feel comfortable around when we’re at home. However, owning a pet comes with many responsibilities and it feels like everyone talks about the positives and benefits of having a pet, but rarely ever mentions the necessary things you have to do in order to look after them.

So in this article, we’re going to look at some of the most important pet-owning responsibilities that you need to consider before you adopt a pet.

You have to play with your pet

Your pets will need love and affection and one of the best ways to do so is to play with them. For large and more active animals, this could mean taking them to the park, it could mean playing fetch or even just cuddling them and using their favourite toys. For smaller pets, it could mean letting them out of their cage and allowing them to roam around for a little while with your supervision.

Playing with your pet is one of the easiest ways to show affection and if you neglect them due to work, study or other matters, then they’ll quickly feel neglected. Remember–they’re living creatures, not toys that can just be dumped when you’re not interested.

Pets aren’t cheap

Providing for a pet is not cheap. Between veterinary bills, food, toys and other maintenance costs, you’ll need to spend a considerable amount of money on your pet so don’t think that all you need to do is buy food and feed them–there’s a lot more to keep in mind.

It’s difficult to judge how much upkeep a pet needs because it varies from pet to pet and country to country. However, if you’re struggling with your financial situation as it is, then it’s probably not a good idea to get a cat, a dog or any other high-maintenance pet.

You need to look after their health

Pets can’t visit veterinary clinics on their own. They can’t exactly phone and book an appointment or find their way to the vet on their own, which means you’re responsible for ensuring that they’re healthy, happy and free of any conditions or problems that they may be experiencing. This means you’ll need to drive or walk them to the vet, you’ll need to potentially purchase a cage to make transporting them easier, and it could mean modifying your car a little so your pet can fit without much trouble.

In addition, you’ll need to learn about their diet, feed them the correct food and make sure they’re getting enough exercise. The good thing about this is that you can apply those healthy habits to yourself, but it does take a considerable amount of work.

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