Pets

What To Consider When Adding A Pet To The Family

Having a pet can be a great addition to the family. They can add a new dynamic you never knew existed. For young children, they can give a sense of responsibility and teach valuable lessons. But without proper care and attention, they can become hard work. There is a lot to consider before you bring a pet into your home. So if you are thinking about it here’s a few helpful hints before you go ahead.

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What type of pet should you get?

The first thing to think about would be the type of pet you want. What would be suitable for your family life? Each pet has their set of responsibilities to think about. A dog would require being walked everyday, whereas a cat is a little more low maintenance. A guinea pig or rabbit would need regular cleaning out, whereas a hamster might be a little easier to handle. It would be unfair to get a pet that requires more attention than you will be able to give. So think about all aspects before making that decision.

Is there a financial cost?

With every pet, there is financial cost. There is the initial purchase of a pet and everything they need. This could be a cage or a bed and feeding bowls. Then you have the ongoing cost of food and supplies. You need to make sure you have room in your budget for the additional cost each month. There is no point putting yourself under unnecessary pressure or going short each month.

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Where will the pet sleep?

Another thing that needs consideration would be where the pet will sleep or stay. Some animals have cages and hutches so you will need to work out where they will go. Other animals may just require a bed which might be more easier to accommodate. If you are tight on space anyway, it may not be possible to get the pet you had decided on. It’s not just where they will sleep but also where you will keep all their foods and the things they need. There is plenty of information online on blogs like www.loveyourpetuk.com to help you further.

Who will be responsible for what?

If you want a family pet, then it needs to be just that, a family thing. Too often families get pets and then it is down to the mother to take care of it. Getting a pet is a big commitment and a valuable lesson to teach children. They can learn about responsibility and take care of something. It will be reminding them to feed or exercise the pet. It would be a great idea to work out who will do what before the pet arrives, so the children have set boundaries and are aware of what is required of them. A pet can also be fulfilling for a family, walking a dog each day can give you all time to spend together without distractions of phones or technology.

I hope these things help you consider your decision carefully. Having a pet can be a great thing, but it’s also worth remembering that it is a commitment.

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Hazel Newhouse

Hazel is a mum to 3 daughters and a son, she lives in Bedfordshire with her husband, kids and pets. Hazel has written for various publications, and regularly works alongside popular parenting and gardening brands.

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