4 Things to Consider When You Want a Pet
Getting a cat is one of the best things I’ve ever done. It was mostly Trevor’s idea, but it was me who wondered onto the Capital Human Society's website one day and found a picture of the most perfect black kitty.
Looking at pictures online was easy, but when we went to have an interaction with her I started to get nervous. I was having thoughts like: Cats live for a really long time, can I make that much of a commitment? What if I don’t like her? You can’t really get to know an animal’s personality in a five-minute interaction. Once we decided to pull the trigger and make a trip to PetSmart, I was basically in full-blown panic mode. I wasn’t sure if I was ready. Well, lucky for me, it turns out I was ready, but here are a few things to think about before making the decision to get a pet (aka, take care of another life).
Time and Commitment
Regardless of what kind of pet you’re thinking about getting, I can’t stress enough how important it is to consider whether or not you have the time to commit to an animal. Or even if you do have time, are you willing to spend it with your pet? If you can barely remember to brush your hair, maybe it’s not the time. A dog is definitely more time consuming than a cat, which is why Trevor and I decided Susan was the best way to go for us. At this point in life, I’m not ready to have to take a dog on walks or go to the dog park everyday. What I am willing to do is wave a ribbon around and watch Susan try to catch it. Be honest with yourself and only do what you know you can handle.
If you’re living in an apartment with no grass (or a zero pet policy), maybe take that into consideration when looking for your next place and then get a pet. Another super important factor in this decision making process is if you’re living with roommates. You need to be considerate of how your roommate feels about pets. Like it or not, that person pays to live there too and unless there was a discussion prior to moving in, your need for a fur baby may have to wait.
After you decide you do have the time for a pet and you’re living arrangement allows for it, I definitely recommend thinking about your lifestyle and which pet would match up with it. If you want to get up and go for a three mile run every morning, maybe a larger dog like a lab would be a great fit for you. If you want to spend the whole night watching Netflix, maybe a cat.
I would also consider how often you travel for work, family activities and vacations. If you’re out of town two weeks a month, a pet of any kind probably wont fit into your lifestyle.
Preparedness to Become Obsessed
Last but not least, be prepared to love that little creature to death. You will become that crazy person that refers to their pet as their fur baby. I know, you never thought you’d be one of them, but you will. The love just takes over your heart and every time someone even mentions animals you’ll whip out your phone, which will be loaded with pictures of your new fur baby. It’s honestly the best.
Tell me about how decided what pet was right for you in the comments!