Cats and dogs can live 15+ years. Are you prepared to commit to caring for that pet and meeting its needs for its lifetime?
Different breeds have distinctive personality differences that should be considered when choosing a pet. Thousands of pets are turned in to shelters and pounds because of incompatibility problems.
Parents should not succumb to pressure from children to get a pet. Recognize that the adults in the household are ultimately responsible for the care and feeding of all the animals in the home.
Purchasing a pet as a gift for a friend or family member is not recommended. They themselves must be the one committed to taking care of the animal and their lifestyle is the one that needs to be matched with the animal.
Puppies and kittens require lots of time, patience, extra care and cleaning. Like babies, they need potty training and most will chew up things while teething.
Kittens and puppies are naturally curious and will explore their new environment. "Baby" proof your home for safety and to prevent damage.
Safety tips: No dangling lamp cords, wires, charging cables, hair ribbons or ties, feathers, shoe strings, etc. It's also recommended to cover your electrical outlets with plastic plug-in covers for safety.
Cat’s natural behaviors include jumping on things, scratching, and shedding, even if brushed often.
All animals require annual immunizations and regular veterinary checkups. Plan on taking your pet to a veterinarian for a check-up two or three times their first year, and once a year once they reach adulthood.
Understand the monetary commitment involved in owning a pet. If you cannot afford an adoption fee then you will not be able to afford the monetary commitment involved in the feeding, sheltering and healthcare that these animals need!