Are You Thinking about Getting a Pet?
As we approach the holidays, there are many people who may be planning on getting a pet for a family Christmas gift. But there are many of those cute little puppies and kittens, which will end up in an animal shelter before the summer. The new pet owners will not have the time, patience, or money to care for them.
Animals are like children. They need to be fed, cared for, and to have you take care of their physical and emotional needs, just as you would a baby, toddler or child.
If you have to travel for work, who will take care of your pet? Maybe you have to put in long hours during the week. Just as with a child, pets need sitters, too.
The expenses for pet ownership can be difficult, if you have problems with your own household income. Who will pay for the food, obedience classes, spaying or neutering?
They need to be groomed. They need toys, beds, litter (for cats), and vaccinations. And, of course, our four-legged "kids" have medical emergencies, as do our two-legged children.
Remember that pet ownership takes commitment.
If you are not willing to take care of this cute little kitten or pup that you are considering for a companion for your kids or yourself for the next 12 to 15 years, please think twice.
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Adapted from original, "So You're Thinking About Getting a Pet?" written on November 24, 2014 and published on Bubblews, and later removed by author, Coral Levang.
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