5 Things to Consider Before Getting a Pet
I grew up with pets around me, and I always figured they would be the easiest thing to take care of . . . you just spill the food in their bowl and play with them whenever you want. As I grew older, I noticed that this wasn't the case at all.
If your emotions are stirred and you want to get a pet, you need to consider a few things before getting ahead of yourself rather than going ahead and buying the pet only to regret it later. You'd be surprised by how many people act on their emotions and hurt their pets without meaning to, but this is why I am here.
You see, taking care of pets is different with every single animal, and not everyone can handle the same kind of animals. Some people are dog people, some are cat people, others do better with birds, fish, or turtles. The truth is, it all depends on who you are and what kind of work you are willing to deal with.
1. Decide What Kind of Pet You Want
If you have decided you want to get a pet and brighten your life a trillion times more, then the first thing you need to do is think about the kind of pet you would like to bring home. Let's say you picked a turtle. This is the pet you want to buy and you're ready to go. Here's the thing: You may not know that much about turtles and/or how to take care of them.
2. Research How to Take Care of That Pet
Here is what you need to do next: research. Find out what it takes to take care of turtles before you make any rash decisions. You need to make sure you are looking through reliable sources, however, for you do not want to be misinformed on pet care.
You will find out what kind of human interaction they would need and what kind of materials you need to buy. In the example of the turtle, you realize that you would have to buy items such as the following:
- a tank
- heating lamps
- light bulbs
- a basking deck
- a heater
- a filter
- a thermometer
Then you realize that turtles are not all for touching, so you wouldn't need to handle them much (unless you're cleaning their tank), but taking them out for walks would help them exercise and explore, extending their life and happiness.
3. Ask Yourself Questions About Costs and Care
Now, this is the part where you start thinking about the money and the amount of time you can take to interact with your pet turtle.
- Can you afford all the items you need for the turtle?
- How often do you need to buy food?
- How often would you have to buy new items when the current ones break down, like a new filter or a new light bulb?
- What about the kind of temperature it can survive in?
- Will you be willing to put up with cleaning the tank a few times each month?
- Will you make time to take your pet turtle out for walks?
- Will you have time to sit down and give them attention in or out of their tanks?
- What about when it gets sick—does it get sick easily, and is it easy to remedy, or will you need the vet often?
4. Write Out Your Answers and Do More Research
This is where you come up with or find the answers to all your questions and doubts. You may take more time to research about turtles to better answer your questions, trusting in reliable sources since the internet is really good at lying.
5. Determine If You Are Really Ready for the Pet
If you think you can make the time and effort it takes to take care of the turtle, then your journey stops here. You can go ahead and buy the needed items and bring home your new pet!
If You Are Not Ready for the Pet
If you have decided that you cannot find it in your heart to spend the budget or put in the time and effort to take care of a turtle, then what you need to do is cross out "turtle" from your getting-a-pet list and find another pet that you think will better suit you and your lifestyle. Then you begin the process all over again, starting with researching the next pet you chose to have an interest in.
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.
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