A pet is fur-ever, not just for Christmas

If you're thinking of added a pet to your family this Christmas, it’s crucial to remember that it’s a commitment that extends well beyond the festive season.

15 Dec 2017 By Leanne Philpott Comments

We all know the saying, ‘a pet is for life, not just for Christmas’, and yet come June next year many of the puppies and kittens bought for Christmas will end up in animal shelters. Sad eh?

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Too many ‘wanna-be’ pet owners fail to do their research before taking the plunge to purchase a pet; once the reality kicks in about how much time and effort it takes to properly care for an animal, it becomes apparent that perhaps pet ownership was a bad decision. Too little, too late! This is why it is absolutely paramount to look at all the pros and cons of caring for a dog, cat or any other animal.

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Deciding if pet ownership is right for you

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To ensure you make an informed decision about whether or not owning a pet is for you and to ensure you’ll be able to care for your pet well beyond the first six months ask yourself the following:

Am I ready to take responsibility for a pet or am I simply giving into my kid’s winging pleas? (No one can blame you for wanting a quiet life, apart from a neglected pup or kitten!)

How will an animal fit into my daily routine? Consider walking and feeding times.

Who will train the animal and ensure the house is kitten or puppy proof?

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What happens when I go away on holidays?

Thinking about these sorts of questions should help guide you to decide if your household is ready for the addition of an animal.

If you think an animal is for you, the next step is deciding which cat or dog fits your lifestyle. These are big decisions, so don't rush.

15 Dec 2017 By Leanne Philpott Comments

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