By Cindy Aldridge with ourdogfriends.org
Are you thinking about getting a dog, cat or other pet?
Whether you want a dog, cat, fish or hamster, pets are a wonderful addition to any household. They provide unconditional love and affection, instill discipline and routine, and ease feelings of anxiety and anger. All that and they look pretty cute to boot!
Of course, if you’ve never had a pet before, chances are you feel a bit nervous about the process and responsibilities that come with one. Not to worry! With the right preparation and expectations, you will find that introducing a pet to your home can be a smooth transition for all.
Picking Your Pet
If you aren’t sure about what kind of pet you want, it’s always a good idea to start the process by evaluating your space. Choosing a pet that goes with your home and lifestyle is the best way to ensure everybody is happy. Consider what you want out of a pet. Do you want a partner to join you for your morning run or simply a snuggle buddy to cuddle on the couch with while you binge Netflix? Are you always on the road or do you work from home and want a bit of company? These life details are your best thing to go on when it comes to deciding what kind of pet you want.
Once you’ve decided what kind of pet you want, it’s time to consider whether rescuing a pet from a shelter or buying a purebred animal is right for you. If you have a specific breed in mind and you are not willing to budge on that, you are most likely not going to find it in the shelter. Furthermore, pet shops often source their animals from kitten and puppy mills that abuse animals.
Rescuing an animal through a shelter, on the other hand, has many benefits.
More Tips for First-Time Pet Owners
Once you’ve decided what kind of pet you want and where you want to adopt, it is time to prepare both your home and yourself for the life change.
Pets are wonderful additions to the household, however they don’t come without work. Picking the right pet for your home’s size and your lifestyle can help ensure you make the right choice. Furthermore, adopting through a shelter holds many benefits over picking one from a breeder. Make sure your home is prepared for your pet’s arrival by having everything he needs in place, creating a soothing atmosphere, and planning for the inevitable accident by having a carpet/upholstery cleaner on standby.
About the Author:
Cindy Aldridge is the creator of OurDogFriends.org, a website advocating for the love and ownership of dogs. She believes that dogs truly are our best friends and wants to see fewer dogs in shelters and more in loving homes.