One of life’s cherished moments include the day we met our pets for the first time, how we embraced , patted them and gave them a warm cuddle. The moments when it took the first steps into our home, sniffing around with a bit of fear of possible rejection. For any animal lover, adopting a pet can sometimes be an impulsive decision. You find a cute, tiger-striped kitten with white paws and green eyes, just craving for attention. Or perhaps it’s a gorgeous Labrador mix whose tails seems to be wagging just for you. You take one look, and the next thing you know, you’re walking down the pet food aisle at the grocery store.
Sharing your home with a furry friend can be one of the greatest joys of life. Cats, dogs and other pets give us unconditional loyalty and acceptance, provide constant companionship, and even help relieve stress after a hard day’s work.
Adopting a pet, however, is a large choice. They require lots of time, money, and commitment. Pet ownership can be rewarding, but only if you have well planned before adopting a pet. Due to the unrealistic expectations and lack of homework, these pets end up at the shelter homes or at times abandoned. Before you visit a shelter home for pets, here are some points to consider:
Acceptance of the Family:
By now, you probably have spent hours convincing you parents or spouse that you are prepared to undertake the responsibility of a pet. There’s an emotional connection when an owner meets its pet — it could be the appearance about the pet or even the way he held his paw out, but it is a psychological bond that starts when you take or see it. Deciding on a pet is private for people; therefore it is imperative to involve the entire family because not only you, but your family too is going to spend time and take care of the pet.
Grooming, Training and Vet are heavy on pocket:
Often pets require training that includes potty training and basic discipline, and it is more usual with dogs. If you are adopting a puppy, this would be a lot easier task. However, it would be best if you were prepared to invest your time and money into a vet trainer. For grooming needs, a trip to your pet health spa is a good idea. Do consider only pet friendly bathing products such as shampoos and conditioners . Cheap shampoos can do more harm to their skin and leave them their skin super dry, so ask for a paraben free, sulphate shampoo although it is slightly priced high. Also, for regular vaccination and medical emergencies, you may have to shell out from your wallet. It is better to plan ahead of time, so pets get the care they require and at the same time don’t affect our pocket. Usually pets adjust to our daily food products but a good treat to them such as biscuits, sausages and chew sticks are helpful in keeping a balanced diet. Royal Canin, Pedigree and many such brands have wide range of these products. Time to time deworming and supplements for liver and stomach for digestion are a part of their medications.
Dog Tags and Microchipping:
There are changes that accidents can happen and you lose your pet. You’d have the ability to call someone for assistance if you couldn’t find your way back home, but that is not the case with pets. To ensure that you can find them or they are returned, a collar with appropriate tags that have your dog’s name and two phone numbers for you personally or your family could be of great help. Microchipping (a simple process that the vet could perform) is another excellent way to ensure that your puppy gets back! Microchipping is highly recommended.
Don’t get driven in the holiday mood:
A pet may be a fantastic gift in the world, and while surprises are excellent, gifting a pet for holiday season to any animal lover, can be highly anticipated but it might not be loved. Many local rescue groups can give you a gift certificate which works like a gift card on any shopping website. It is better to gift these instead of a pet; this provides the person with the fun of picking or being picked by their new furry ball.
Try the Foster period:
Some rescue organizations permit you to essentially take your pet, kitten, puppy or dog for a temporary basis similar to the concept of a test drive. Fostering allows you and the animal to take the time to adapt to the new place without committing to adoption. There are chances that an animal may be fearful and stressed during adoption, but can turn out to be affectionate and playful at home.
So, after you are prepared, visit a shelter home for rescued animals. Shelters can help find that perfect match with a cat/dog or any pet that matches your lifestyle. Bringing home an adopted animal may be a huge decision and much responsibility. However, the companionship is really well worth it. When adopting a cat or dog, it is important to have everything prepared before you welcome your new pal! Adopting an animal is an excellent means of saving a life!
Our next series in this read will include tips of preparing your home for the new member.