There are three distinct stages to becoming a pet owner. What's more, there are three distinct ways you should be behaving and questions you should be asking yourself before becoming a pet owner.
If you don't currently have a pet and are wondering where to start, then consider this a primer. Follow through these points and make the considerations requested of you and soon, you will be on your way to a successful long future with the pet of your choice.
Stage One: CONSIDERATION
This is the period in which you reflect on what kind of pet you want to get – and if it's feasible to do so.
Questions To Ask Yourself:
- Do I have the necessary time, money and finances to be able to provide for this pet as much as I may be required to?
- Am I choosing a pet that is suitable for my lifestyle? For example, a goldfish is a better choice if you work busy 80 hour weeks, whereas pet foxes might be a better fit if you have time and energy to burn.
- Do I know enough about the kind of animal I want to bring into my home?
- Is my family okay with this? Are we all on the same page? If someone has reservations, have they been correctly addressed?
With these satisfied, you can move on to the next stage.
Stage Two: RESEARCH
It is with great sadness, though truth, that this is a stage that most people neglect. Don't be one of those people.
- What are the specific dietary needs of the animal I have selected? How am I going to meet them on a monthly basis?
- Do I know the warning signs that they might be unwell?
- Do I know how often they should see a vet for vaccinations or a general check up?
- When you know enough to compile a huge dossier, you're finally ready for the third stage – otherwise known as the best part.
Stage Three: BRINGING THEM HOME
Before you do so, you need to ensure you have a full supply of the following:
- Three different varieties of food, just in case one of them is not to their preference
- Water bowls and – depending on animal – somewhere for them to use as the toilet.
- All appropriate medication they may require. For example, if you're adopting from a shelter then there is a chance that your new friend may have fleas and need continued assistance with this.
- A thorough understanding of what happens next – and the same for everyone in the family.
When you have located your chosen animal and have enough research to sink a battleship, then you can finally welcome your pet home. There might be a tricky phase of adjustment as you get used to one another, but friendship will follow as swift as night follows day. And you can rest easy, knowing that if there is a problem, you have got all of the prep work you did in stage two to fall back on.