“The one thing you cannot and should not do is abandon your pet at any point.”
Are You A Pet Person? Do you find yourself going ‘aww’ whenever you see a puppy or squirrel? Do you secretly tear while thinking about all the homeless animals out there? Do you find yourself smiling or trying to have a conversation with any animal? If you have answered ‘yes’ to most of the above, you are definitely a budding pet person!
What’s Your Motivation? Do you want one just so you’re able to say, ‘I own a pure-bred?’ Be honest with yourself. The only reason that should motivate you to adopt an animal is because you want a fulfilling bond with a non-human, and because you feel a deep desire to care for a creature that is innocent and reliant on humans for survival.
Is Your Home Pet-Friendly? If you don’t have adequate space, adopting a big dog that needs a lot of space to constantly run about is not a good idea. Forcing a free-spirited and naturally curious cat to live in an apartment with no access to the outside world is also a great shame. If you cannot provide the animal with a proper living environment, it’s best you don’t get yourself one.
Can You Afford A Pet? Owning a pet can be rather demanding on the purse. You will need to spend a substantial amount of money on food, vaccinations, neutering, medical bills and so on. All animals fall ill at some point in their lives and good animal healthcare is not always cheap.
Does Your Lifestyle Allow For A Pet? Pets need to be fed, cleaned, exercised, entertained and petted! That means no more partying till dawn and waking up at noon to face a very hungry puppy. It could also mean that your life will not be as spontaneous—no more spur-of-the-moment vacations. If you’re not ready to adjust your lifestyle to accommodate the new family member, it could result in a lot of frustration for both!
Do You Have The Time And The Energy? If you’re someone who works 12-15 hours a day, leaving home at 8 AM and returning only past 8 PM, it may not be ideal for an animal to live with you. Some pets crave more attention than others. For example, dogs are generally miserable if left alone for too long. Cats may be less fussy (depending on their personalities) and fish may not really care. But a dog will want to play and run around with you when you get home after a long day, and if you don’t have the energy for this— poor Rover ☹.
Can You Commit? Before adopting a pet, you need to bear in mind that you are committing to caring for it throughout its life. Depending on the type of pet, this time period could range from a few months to 15-20 years or more. So you need to take into account all the changes that may occur in your life during those years. Will you be getting married? Will your partner accept the pet? Will you want to travel a lot? Do you have plans to migrate? The one thing you cannot and should not do is abandon your pet at any point.
If you have ticked all the right boxes and are sure that you are ready for a pet get in touch with these places to help out a pooch in need.
Ray of Hope Sri Lanka
Animal SOS Sri Lanka
Adopt a Dog Sri Lanka
Find a Feline Friend
This article was originally published as ‘Are You Ready For A Pet?’ in the April 2016 issue of Cosmopolitan Sri Lanka. To read the whole article, subscribe now and get a free April issue.
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