Getting your first pet

Getting your first pet

  • November 02, 2016

Getting a pet is no walk in the park, but you’ll probably have to walk it in the park very often. You’ll have to commit to your decision so you don’t regret it later, and you won’t, that’s if you really love animals. We would like to advise you when taking on the responsibility of owning and raising a pet on your own.


Think about the long run

Take your sweet time deciding on which pet to choose. You should carefully consider what aspects of your life are going to change after getting this pet, and especially reflect upon whether you truly have the time and energy for this animal. You can check with local rescue organizations to acquire a pet that really needs you!


Get acquainted with pet owners

Talk with people who own the type of pet you want to get. They can give you a lot of tips on how to raise it, feed it, shower it, and perhaps train it.


Make sure to feed it properly

Follow a diet the animal is familiar with to help it grow strong and healthy. Determine if any health provisions or certificates are provided or will be necessary (i.e. vaccinations, etc.)


Make it feel at home

Make sure it has its living environment (bed, cage, crate, etc.) Set it up before obtaining the pet. It is also crucial you spend some quality time with your pet every day. Try to make it feel as secure as possible and allow it time and space to get used to its new environment.


Don’t get a pet on impulse

Don’t acquire a pet on a whim. Pets are a huge responsibility, not something to be handed out like flowers. And don’t get a pet if your living situation is likely to dramatically change within a short period of time, possibly preventing you from devoting the time, energy and overall care your pet needs.


Don’t give it too much attention

Don’t take your pet for granted and dedicate some of your free time to it. If you spend most of your time taking care of it, you will not have enough time for yourself.   


Don’t hurt it

Don’t ever, ever, (No, Seriously) ever hit your pet and by this we don't mean a relatively mild smack to get their attention, but rather the strike that is meant to hurt. You know the difference.


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