Christmas is coming and we’re all racking our brains about what we can get our children, partner and family. Pets always prove popular gifts, especially to the children. But there are many things we need to consider before parting with cash.
If you’re buying a dog it needs to have a good amount of space. Of course, it depends what type of dog you’re buying, but still it needs to have a good space in your house, preferably a space for its own bed, and a decent sized garden to explore. You need to consider how far away parks are too, if they’re miles away are you prepared to travel everyday to give your pet a runout? If you don’t have hardly any space then perhaps you can consider buying a cat, who can go out on their own. You will also need to consider space for a sifting litter box for your cat or similar. Or if you don’t fancy that something tank based like fish or a hamster. These can be placed in an almost decorative fashion and will delight the children too.
Pets are like humans, they get ill, they need food, and they need equipment. You might be able to afford the initial outlay for the pet but can you afford the monthly outgoings for food and healthcare. You may need to buy medication like trifexis tablets or even fork out for operations. You’ll need to pay someone to look after your pet when you go on holiday. The costs are less with other animals, but they should still all be considered before purchasing an animal of any kind.
If you’re an incredibly busy person with little time for hobbies and relaxation then you should really reconsider buying a pet. Primarily because they will take time out of your day. If you enjoy going for walks then a dog could be for you, because it’s something you need to do every single day. Of course other family members can help, but depending on how old your children are, they may not be able to take your pet for a walk themselves. You need to consider you time constraints, particularly if you’re thinking of buying a dog.
There are thousands of people across the globe who have allergies to various pet types. You probably know a few yourself. You need to make sure you aren’t allergic to dogs or cats before you buy one. You can go to a pet store and see how you feel around them, take your kids too, it’s usually the younger ones who don’t yet know what they’re allergic or not.
If you’re renting a flat or house then sometimes the landlord will specify whether you’re allowed a pet or not. Double check the contract before buying one because chances are you’re not. Dogs especially can shed a lot of hair and can easily ruin furniture. Do the right thing, don’t go against the contract because your landlord could be within their rights to kick you out. This may apply to smaller pets like hamsters, because they can gnaw through wiring which is costly to repair.
Are your children wanting a pet for Christmas?
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