Are you interested in getting a pet? Maybe you are, or aren’t, but regardless of where you stand, the facts are clear, the world loves animals, and they (hopefully) love us! Domesticated animals such as cats, dogs, and ferrets have not only inhabited our homes, but have found sanctuary within our hearts. It’s estimated that 70-80 million dogs and 74-96 million cats live among us as pets in the United States alone. These statistics state that at least 40% plus homes have a cat, or dog as a pet, not to mention other animals such as birds, snakes, rodents, etc.
Having a pet at home isn’t just a form of entertainment, it’s rather a way of life for some of us. When we are young, generally speaking, we don’t have a lot of responsibilities. We don’t realize how difficult it is having responsibility when it comes to managing, maintaining and growing a household. A great way to get a taste of responsibility without having to commit too deeply, is to start by having a pet. Naturally, pets teach us the difference between having a cute, cuddly animal for fun versus something that seems to eat, sleep, and poop regularly is finite, clear, and well understood. Welcome to adulthood, or “Adulting“, as some might say.
Pets are a great way to prepare us for life as parents. In fact, as a pet owner you become part of a distinct club called “Pet (Paw)rents”. Sooner than you realize, having a pet requires you to take her out for “daily duty”, feed her, cuddle her (you don’t have a choice), and discern non-descriptive patterns of communication (the infamous sideways head tilt). Once you’ve mastered the unique way in which an animal communicates, the rest is history!
Like humans, most animals have some similarities, but are entirely different and boast unique personalities. Think of them like teddy bears with souls and ulterior motives to chew through your belongings during childhood. This isn’t a phase, it’s a test of your inner patience, and tolerance. Though your “potential” pet is unique in its own way, the benefits of adopting a furry friend is that when you need help, you will have it. There are extremely large communities of pet owners who have experienced what you have, and everything that you haven’t. If you’re friend is going through any sort of pain, or acting abnormal then head to Google and type in what ever it is you need to know within the search bar. There is a 100% chance that what ever it is that you need, it will be available to you at the drop of a hat.
Important to note, animals keep your finances in check. The first 2-3 years of adopting a new pet can get expensive depending on what you have. Certain cities and states have a long list of pre-requisite requirements when it comes to adopting. Depending on where you live, it will affect your costs, as some cities aren’t as pet friendly as others. Our advice is to get pet insurance on day one. You may not think it is worth it, but the cost of having a pet can range anywhere from $1,000.00 – $15,000.00 in the first few years of its existence. Trust us, things will happen, pay the $40.00 monthly, as it will save you thousands in the long run. When you have the day-to-day responsibilities of a pet, you need to consider her food, and needs before yours. If you don’t, your pet will suffer, and no one wants to see this, nor should you.
Lastly, and most importantly, their love is unwavering. Animals have been known to help you sleep better due to their rhythmic heart beat, keep you warm on cold nights, and even help to detect sickness, disease, and cancer in pet owners. Pet’s are great conversation starters, loving companions, playful, joyful, and incredibly intelligent. The only downside to having a pet is that they can’t speak english, and don’t live as long as we do (unfortunately), but you can certainly live a fulfilling life by having one in your home. If pets could talk, it may look something like this, or this!
If you were thinking about getting a pet, do it. They need you, and we need them!
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