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Knowing if You Are Ready for a New Pet


It can be incredibly exciting to visit a pet shop to take home a new pet. However, whether you are purchasing a new bird, rabbit, puppy, or any other animal for your family, you must first be certain that you are completely ready for this major responsibility. Below are a few questions you should ask before committing to a new pet.

Can I Provide a Comfortable and Safe Environment for the Pet

Not all homes are suitable for every type of pet. For example, if you are adopting a dog that is a larger breed, you must have a home that will provide plenty of room for the dog to run and play. The ASPCA suggests that dogs that do not get enough exercise can develop bad habits, such as:

  • Hyperactivity and becoming overly excitable
  • Using excessive energy destructively by chewing or scratching furniture
  • Increased rough playing and biting
  • Disobedience, barking and whining

Even if you do have a large home, you must also take into consideration other environmental factors, such as noise pollution. For example, it would be cruel to bring a skittish animal home to a neighborhood that is consistently quite noisy. Your new pet must be able to fit in well with its surroundings.

Do I Have Time for a New Pet

All pets require a lot of time and attention throughout their entire lives, but new pets require the most. All pets require at least some, if not all, of the following:

  • Obedience and house-training
  • Play/exercise time
  • Feeding and water
  • Grooming
  • Affection
  • Cleaning of their habitat/aquarium/bedding area/litter boxes

Pets, especially new pets, require a significant block of time out of every single day. Before you make this commitment and bring a new pet home, it is essential to stop and determine where these activities will fit into your busy schedule.

Is Everyone in the Home Happy with the Pet Decision

Purchasing a new pet should always be a household decision in which everyone agrees completely. While the pet may be purchased for a specific person, everyone in the home will be interacting with the animal. The quality of life for the people, and for the pet, will be affected if everyone is not on board.

There are many reasons why pets may be incompatible with the people living in the house. Some individuals are allergic to certain types of pet dander, may be frightened of particular types of animals or simply do not want a pet in the home. It is essential to determine that everyone is happy with the pet choice before bringing an animal into an unwelcoming environment.

Will Pet Care Fit into My Budget

Purchasing a pet is a long-term commitment that will have long-term costs. The cost of acquiring the pet is only the first of many. You may also need to budget for:

  • Pet food
  • Vaccinations and medications
  • Veterinary check ups
  • Grooming
  • Collars and leashes
  • Pet toys
  • Bedding
  • And more

Some pet shops can help you understand how much your monthly pet expenses will be, and can arrange for these items to be delivered to your home.

Have I Done Enough Research

Regardless of the type of pet you plan to adopt, it is essential that you know exactly what to expect in terms of what your new animal will need. Do not be afraid to visit pet shops and get thoroughly acquainted with the pets, and ask professionals plenty of questions, before you bring your new friend home.

About the author:  


Samantha Brown is a writer for Pawfection Pets, a pet shop in Walsall. She writes about buying for and caring for pets of all types.

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Sherry Compton

Friday 16th of August 2013

Owning a pet is a huge responsibility and should be thought about carefully. Money, time, and personality all take effect. Do you have a yard? Fence? What type of pet are you looking for? Young, Adult? We put a lot of time and effort into making the decision about a dog, and, while nothing goes quite as you plan, it's important to be prepared for the realities of being a pet owner. Your pet is another member of your family!


Friday 16th of August 2013

Sherry that is so true. it is a big decision to make.

Nathalie's Talons

Friday 16th of August 2013

I love animals.I especially love cats.I have owned cats since I was a child.All of these things you've mentioned are incredibly important for a person to consider when deciding to add a pet as a new member of the family.To me cats and dogs are people too :-)


Friday 16th of August 2013

Nathalie. I agree with you. My pets are my furbabies.

md kennedy

Friday 16th of August 2013

Speaking from personal experience, once of the best ways to first test if you are ready is to babysit someone elses' pet - in your home - for a few days.

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