I don’t know about everyone else, but I am guilty of on more than one occasion wanting a pet for all the wrong reasons. Pets are a great addition to the family, but they require responsibility, care, and time. Right now, as a mom of two (soon to be three) children, I just can’t add to my juggling act… but that doesn’t stop me from having that spur of the moment, “Oh, I think I want a puppy,” thought. Here are five reasons I have seen people give as to why they want a pet, but I think they (or I) maybe should think a little longer on it.
- On a whim – you see that little puppy in the window and figure, “Why not?” One of the biggest things we don’t think about is the cost of a pet. Maybe it’s something else – like an exotic fish – many of them have very strict water parameters and need a lot of time and effort. Not every fish is meant for all aquatic enthusiasts.
- Your child is super interested… right now – my son is pretty adamant about birds. He’s 2, so he gets excited about a lot, but he really seems to be the most passionate about birds. I have had the thought of getting a bird for the house, but know that I am not ready to learn about a bird, which is a must before bringing one home.
- To teach responsibility – having a pet is something the whole family needs to be ready for, and using a pet to teach a child responsibility doesn’t mean they can actually do it. A parent should always be the one that is ultimately responsible, not expecting a child to take on all the duties that come with a pet.
- Someone you know is getting rid of it – sometimes people get in a bind, and have no other option than to find a new furr-ever home for their beloved pet. Wanting to take in a pet to offer them a solution where they can still see the pet, and being able to responsibly take care of the new pet are two different things. You need to make sure you can afford the pet, and that you will be able to afford the time the pet will require.
- As a gift – planning for a pet is a must. Unless you are planning the gift in advance with the person receiving it, you can’t be sure that they are able to manage the pet. When my daughter was 2 weeks old she was given a Betta fish. I know, super easy to take care of – and I did – but it wasn’t what I wanted to have to deal with after just having my first child. “Mac Dadder” lived until my daughter was almost three, and then had a few replacements.
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