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If you’ve ever considered getting a pet, especially as a parent when your kids start pressuring you, it is important to research it thoroughly before making your decision. There is a lot of responsibility attached to owning a pet, so make sure you are really prepared. No one enjoys the guilt they have to endure when they have to give a beloved pet away. This is something you most definitely don’t want to happen. A pet should be for life, not just on a whim.
Committing to a pet can and will be hard work, but it is gratifying in the long run. A pet will always be there for you and will love you unconditionally. If you can’t do the same for them, don’t get one.
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When you have a pet, you are solely responsible for their welfare. With larger animals, this requires regular exercise whether you’re in the mood or not.
You have to consider them if you ever want to travel. Where will be a safe place for them to stay, and will this affect them negatively? They can’t be left alone for long, which ties you down. You have to make sure they have plenty to eat and drink and a comfortable environment to live in.
You also need to make sure they are mentally stimulated so that they are happy.
The expense of keeping a pet isn’t cheap. You must pay for bedding, toys, grooming, specific foods, water containers, and the list goes on! Not to mention vet bills which can be very pricey. If you’re struggling to make ends meet after an unexpected expense, there are loan companies everywhere who could help you out.
We’ve mentioned some of the more challenging aspects of having a pet, but there are so many benefits too. Depending on the kind of pet you have, they can have a huge positive impact on your mental health.
Certain animals have been linked to certain psychological disorders. For example, pigs are supposed to really help those who suffer from anxiety. Having a pet forces you to take care of something other than yourself and to take part in regular exercise.
They are also great companions, particularly if you live alone. If you have children, pets can also keep them entertained and happy for hours.
Pets, especially dogs, can be a source of security. They have natural instincts to protect their territory and their owners with whom they have formed a bond with.
They can also scare off intruders and protect you if you’re approached while you’re out and about. Their presence alone can be enough of a deterrent.
Some animals can even be trained to handle emergencies like search and rescue dogs.
Pets require a lot of care and attention and will become a huge part of your life, which comes with many positive aspects. They can be a great source of entertainment, comfort, and companionship as well as contributing to your safety.
It can be expensive to own a pet, and they do tie you down due to their need for company, exercise, food, water, and stimulation, but they contribute far more.
Do you own any pets?
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.