We have all seen videos of people being surprised by pets for their birthdays or special occasions and it is always heartwarming to watch them because we see them being actually happy. However, there is sometimes a flipside to the story that people tend to forget about, and that’s the fact that sometimes the very pets that surprise these people later on get abandoned or dropped at the shelter. So, if you are considering getting a pet for yourself or someone else, it is important that you consider the following.
First of all, please remember that the decision to have a pet should be a lifelong one. If you’re getting a pet, you should take care of them for the rest of their or your own life. These animals are not a temporary addition to life for your amusement or till your convenience, they form an actual attachment to you, so if you suddenly abandon them, they develop a lot of problems ranging from anxiety, mellow moods, and inability to settle down with other people or other houses. So, you’re not taking care of an “animal,” rather you’re taking care of a life with actual feelings and everything.
Pets are not cheap, you need to make sure that you have the necessary finances and resources to take care of them. As they grow older, they require more regular checkups at the vet, if they develop a health problem, it is important that you can afford going to an animal hospital etc. Plus, you need to make sure that they have a regular, proper diet along with other treats etc. Lastly, a pet also requires emotional labor. You need to be ready and willing to give them the necessary the attention and stimulation to grow properly.