Pet Owners Owners Council  

Important Questions Before Getting a Pet

Do you want to get a pet? If so, there are several things that you should consider before getting one. Whether it is getting a new dog or cat, getting an exotic animal like a snake or lizard, getting fish for your aquarium, or getting any other type of animal for companionship and protection in your home; before getting one make sure to answer these four questions:

Why Do You Want A Pet?

Do you want a pet because of the responsibility that comes with them? Or is it to provide company for you or your family?

Would getting a pet to be good for your mental health, especially if you are feeling down or depressed? Getting any type of animal – from dogs and cats to reptiles- can act as an antidepressant. It might also be a good idea to consider getting an animal if you are feeling lonely or isolated.

Do you want the pet because it is a tradition? If so, then make sure that not everyone in your family wants one too before getting one! Tradition should not be the only reason for getting a pet.

Do I have enough time to take care of this pet?

It’s always good to know if we can commit ourselves with enough time and effort to an animal companion, as they need attention every day at specific times. Take into consideration whether you have the time and energy necessary to take care of a new pet. You don’t want your new pet getting neglected just because you’re tired from work! It is also important to make sure that getting a pet won’t interfere with your responsibilities at work or school.

What kind of lifestyle do I have?

Getting a pet is not just getting any type of animal, but getting one with the same lifestyle as you! For instance, if getting an aquarium full of fish – are you going to work from home and can take care of them during the day? Or do you need something that stays active at night, like a dog or cat?

It’s also important to take into account whether getting a pet will mean less time for other hobbies or activities that you enjoy. If so, then getting one might not be the best idea!

Can my living situation accommodate this type of animal?

Before getting any type of pet, make sure to do your research on the specific animal in question. Some animals are better suited for some people than others! For instance, if you live alone and want a small dog that is not going to be left outside all day long – then getting one might work out fine. But if getting an exotic lizard, like a gecko – then you will need to make sure that getting it won’t be a problem.

Am I prepared financially for the costs associated with owning this particular type of pet?

Owning a pet takes up time, money, and space. You need to ask yourself if you can afford the costs of owning this particular type of dog before making your final decision.

Owning pets comes at a cost that many people don’t think about until it is too late – there are monthly fees for food, toys, grooming supplies, etc., as well as expenses such as an emergency vet bill or broken window from when they get loose in the house (or chew on furniture). Is now really the time?

Pets can be a source of unconditional love and companionship, but they are also a big responsibility. It’s important to take into account all the things that will be necessary for getting a new pet and make sure you are ready.