8 Top Reasons Not to Get a Pet
Before anyone seriously considers pet ownership, they first need to carefully examine the many reasons that they should not get a pet. While pets may have cute and adorable eyes which are near impossible to resist, the truth of the matter is that pet ownership does not suit everyone. Animal shelters are full of poor, discarded creatures who people acquired without properly considering all of the consequences. While pet ownership can be a positive and life changing event...it can also be an utter disaster. Read along to discover the top 8 reasons you should not get a pet.
1. High Maintenance:
Anyone who believes that owning a pet is all about playing with a cute and cuddly little creature is being sorely misled. Pets are entirely dependent upon their owners and can be incredibly high maintenance. It really does not matter whether you own a dog or a fish, they all demand time-consuming work on the part of the owner. Most pets need to be walked or exercised on a regular basis and they all need to be fed, loved, and have their habitat cleaned. From cleaning excrement, scrubbing cages, feeding, and maintaining a proper grooming schedule, all pets are undeniably high maintenance beings.
The original cost of purchasing a pet is really only the beginning. No matter what type of animal you own they all have an abundance of inherent costs associated with them. This can include veterinary bills, food, habitats such as cages or tanks, supplies, grooming costs, obedience training, and even boarding when the owner has to go away. Make no mistake, owning a pet will come with many financial obligations and sacrifices.
There have been far too many stories about people who have purchased or adopted a pet only to find out later that they are allergic to their new family member. This can be very distressing for the individual, and potentially catastrophic for the animal. Many people will be allergic to their new pet's dander, saliva and even urine. (1) In truth, a lot of folks will not even realize that they have a pet allergy until they become owners. Also, they may have family members or friends who are allergic to their pet and all of a sudden will no longer be able to visit. Far too often this will lead to their pet being returned to its place of origin. Undoubtedly, allergies are one of the top reasons not to get a pet!
4. Noise Pollution:
A lot of individuals do not carefully consider their own particular style of living before they jump into pet ownership. If someone prefers a quiet and serene environment, then owning a pet is not a very wise decision. All types of animals are naturally quite noisy. From barking dogs, screeching birds and cats who meow incessantly, the quiet and serene fortress of solitude will quickly turn into a busy and noisy animal amusement park. If this was not considered before the pet was actually purchased or adopted, problems will surely follow.
5. They Will Damage Your House:
Whether properly trained or not, pets will have a very negative impact on the actual condition of your house. This can look very different depending upon what type of pet you have. For instance, dogs can be notorious for chewing everything in sight. This can include doors, table legs, recliners and carpets. The list is endless really. Whether it is from playfulness, aggression, anxiety or loneliness, the result is the same. Other pets may be caged all day but they will provide your house with a "unique new scent", which is not appealing to anyone. Further, pet urine is a very difficult thing to remove from carpets and can be very destructive to property. Damage to the prized possession of the house is a key reason not to get a pet.
6. Lack of Freedom:
For someone who enjoys having a lot of freedom, pet ownership is clearly not a good idea. Pets require a high degree of care and attention. The days of going out after work for some beers, or flying away for the weekend on the spur of the moment are all but gone when you become a pet owner. Having an animal comes with a lot of responsibility and a willingness to put their needs above your own. In many ways it is not unlike having a child. Decisions will always need to be made with the best interests of the pet coming first. For instance, if you want to travel it should be for a very limited time so as not to produce undue stress and anxiety in your pet. Also, a pet-sitter will need to be arranged far in advance. There can be little doubt that freedom and pets are not a good match.
7. Lack of Sleep:
There are not many pets who do not have a dramatic impact on their owner's sleeping schedules. Perhaps the only pets which will not have a significant effect upon the amount of quality sleep their owner is able to get are fish. Most other pets essentially live by their own schedules. Many are nocturnal in nature and will do a lot of their activity during the night when everyone else is attempting to sleep. Others, such as dogs, will awaken their owners numerous times in order to go outside for a bathroom break, or deciding to bark incessantly at the sound of a car door slamming down the street. When it comes to taking a nap to catch up on the much needed sleep...don't even bother. In truth, lack of sleep is a very good reason not to get a pet.
8. Short Life-span:
While it can certainly be a point for debate, perhaps the most critical reason not to get a pet is that they do not live very long. When pets become part of the family they are loved just like any other family member. To lose them so quickly, after becoming so attached to them, can be very devastating for both young and old family members. Others may use such cliches as "it is better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all." However, to lose a pet is a heart-wrenching experience that many individuals would be more than happy to just avoid altogether.
Pet ownership is a unique privilege which should not be entered into lightly. It can be an incredibly satisfying and rewarding experience with numerous benefits. However, it is certainly not for everyone. Before anyone makes a decision to bring a pet into their family they should carefully weigh all sides of the equation to ensure they are ready for the commitment. Without a doubt there are great advantages...but there are also clear reasons you should simply not get a pet.
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1. Pet Allergy. Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. 2016
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.