Have asked yourself whether or not you’re ready for a pet? If not, then this article will help paint the full picture of why.
It’s very important for you to understand what it means to have a pet. And while no one is ready for the first time, you should familiarize yourself with the challenge that lies ahead.
So if you’re not sure whether or not you’re ready, make sure to read below.
With all that said, let’s start.
You Don’t Have A Lot Of Time
While it’s no secret that pets require a lot of attention, it’s important to understand just how much they need it. Attention usually means spending hours attending to their needs. This could mean walks in the park, playing games, or simply chilling and spending time together.
If you’re a particularly busy person that spends most of their time in the office, then you are definitely NOT ready for a pet.
Certain household pets require more time than others. This is especially the case with dogs. Cats don’t need walks three times a day, but they are just as miserable as dogs if left alone.
Carrying for your pet means keeping them happy. There is no way to put this; you shouldn’t get a pet if you don’t have a lot of free time on your hands.
You Love To Travel
For some people, traveling is the best thing since sliced bread. But not so much for others.
If you love traveling then you’ll probably spend most of your time away from home. This is a huge issue if you’re thinking about getting a pet.
Much like the previous reason, cats, dogs, and every other household pet require a lot of attention. And there is no way to give it that attention if you’re constantly somewhere. If you love traveling but also love getting a pet, then you will have to sacrifice one or the other. Simply said, you can’t have it both ways.
If You Move Frequently
Let’s assume that your work requires a lot of moving. And while there isn’t anything wrong with this, there is an issue when it comes to owning a pet.
No matter which way you put it, moving can be very stressful for any dog or cat. It’s not unheard of for a dog or a cat to develop certain behavioral issues due to constantly moving.
Issues such as aggression, depression, irritation, and even full-out refusal to eat can be seriously harmful to them. While some apartment pets will be fine with you constantly moving, others will absolutely hate it.
So if your line of work asks you to constantly move, then that’s a reason not to get a pet.
If You’re Having Money Issues
If you’ve never had a pet before, then you’ll be surprised by how much it actually costs to take care of one. Cats and dogs can be particularly needy in terms of food, toys, and visits to the vet. Other pets such as a goldfish might no be that expensive, but the main thing to note is that you shouldn’t really get a pet if money is tight.
If You’re Having Doubts About It
No matter which way you look at it, you’re absolutely not ready for a pet if you’re having doubts about it. Getting any sort of companion is a commitment on its own.
Dogs require a lot of attention while cats can be very needy sometimes. Not only that but who knows what sort of issues might arise throughout your journey together.
Being a pet owner means is a job on its own. Your companion will require certain things for you to sacrifice so it’s best not to go through if you’re not sure about it.
If You Love To Sleep In
Unlike humans, dogs and cats won’t sleep until 1 PM every day. And they will make sure to let you know of that. It’s quite common for dogs and cats to wake up their humans every morning. This can be especially annoying if you’re planning on spending the weekend in bed.
The case is more extreme with dogs since they need an early morning walk. And if you think that you’ll be waking up at the same time before work every day, then you’re mistaken. It’s quite common for people to wake up 30 minutes in advance just to walk the dog before work.
If You Don’t Love Going Outside
If you’re the sort of person that doesn’t like the outdoors, then you might not be best suited for a dog. Cats don’t need to be walked or taken any places, but dogs certainly do.
Walks in the park are a bare minimum when it comes to socialization for dogs. But being a good dog owner means going all sorts of places with your canine companion. This includes going on picnics, field trips, and more.
If you don’t particularly love going outside, then that’s a reason you’re not ready for a dog.
If You Haven’t Thought About It Long-Term
Remember everything we’ve said so far. You might be ready for a pet right now, but what about the future? Have you thought about a potential change of environment, maybe getting a new job that asks you to move?
If you’re planning on getting a pet, then you should make sure your future plans don’t jeopardize it. Pets are living, breathing creatures that don’t really have an expiration date. They will be with you for the better part of a decade.
So you should think years in advance whether you’re good for it. While changing homes isn’t anything to worry about, you should make sure you’re ready about it in the long-term.
Getting a pet is a commitment that everyone has to take seriously. And if you find yourself agreeing with some of these reasons, then you’re definitely not ready for the challenge.
As pet owners, we have a responsibility to keep our pets happy and healthy. Anything but that is a failure that you cannot be accepted.