Things to consider before introducing a pet to your household

Take a mini walk down memory lane, and have a peek at your childhood. If you were like most children around the world, then 2 of your biggest request from your parents (or demands—depending on the kind of child you were) would have been for tree houses/a fort and a pet. Fast forward a few decades and now, your own child will be badgering you for these same things.

Perhaps, with the growing of time, your child’s needs and wants are a little different from your own; but the need to own, to love a furry friend would hardly disappear, even in the years to come.

Strangely, owning a pet in your childhood might have felt like a breeze in comparison to now. With modernization, our homes and our lifestyles have all changed and evolved. Here are a few things that you need to consider, before you cave in to your child’s request for a pet.

Is your home or apartment suitable for a pet?

Like we mentioned earlier, most of our homes are modernized. Delicate houses with delicate furniture and delicate decorations are hardly the correct place for a frisky puppy or kitten to grow up in. If you already have children, especially young children, then it’s quite possible that you’ve already been through the stage where you have to “baby safe” the house. Remember that getting a pet will make you go through this phrase all over again. Also, if you live in an apartment, it’s best to check out the building’s pet policies—just in case!

Do you have the time and energy to invest on it?

Adopting a pet is very much like raising a child. Though you may be willing to provide a home for it, and provide it with its needs, you should also understand that they (both children and pets) need your time and attention as well. If you’re already stressed out with work, and if you’re already tired most of the day running behind your child (or children); perhaps you should rethink this decision. After all, most young pets need to be trained, and are prone to a lot of accidents. Training them and making sure they don’t vandalize your home might be a little tough with your plate already full.

The age of your child

This kind of relates to the above. No matter how well their persuasion skills are, if your child is too young, then it’s best to wait until you adopt a pet–especially a puppy or a kitten. Not only will it make it a little dangerous (both the germs and the accidents), it will also increase your work load, as you’ll have to take care of both young friends. Therefore, consider your child’s age, and your responsibilities regarding your children before you adopt and bring home a furry friend for them.

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