10 things you should know before adopting a pet

10 things you should know before adopting a pet

(KPLC) - What do you need to know before you take on the responsibility of owning a pet? Non-profit website adoptapet.com has put together a list of 10 things to consider before you adopt.

  • 1. When you adopt, you need to make a real commitment to care for your pet for its entire life, no matter what that entails, just as you would with a child.
  • 2. Be prepared for a pet to affect other parts of your life for as long as you have the pet (can be up to 15 years for a dog and 20 years for cat). Your pet’s well-being will have to be considered in all kinds of decisions, including travel, social life, relocating to a new home, adopting other pets, having children, etc.
  • 3. Verify in advance that you’re allowed to keep a pet where you live, especially if you rent or belong to a homeowners’ association.
  • 4. Make any necessary modifications to your yard and fence, if you have one, to provide for your pet’s safety and to prevent your pet from escaping.
  • 5. Never give a pet as a gift.
  • 6. Choose a pet appropriate to your living situation and lifestyle. Figure out what size, age, and energy-level pet is most appropriate for you.
  • 7. Never adopt a pet on a whim or because you feel it’s love-at-first-sight. Do your research and carefully consider all the aspects and implications of adopting before you make a decision.
  • 8. If you’re adopting a pet for your kids, understand that the responsibility is yours. Kids, by their nature, often tire of things that were once new and exciting, and this includes their pets. You will most likely end up being the one who provides most of the pet’s care.
  • 9. Plan for a several-week adjustment period during which there will be challenges.
  • 10. Provide sufficient exercise and stimulation. (Walk dogs according to individual need, provide playtime and appropriate toys for both dogs and cats, spend time just petting and talking to your pet, include pet in family activities).

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