When to get a new pet

Wondering when to get a new pet? Ultimately, there is no definite date. The time to get a new pet depends on you as an individual, your family and your lifestyle.

07 Mar 2017 By Leanne Philpott Comments

Considering others:

Some people feel lonely having the house to themselves after a pet has passed away; getting a new pet can sometimes ease the grieving process. However, if you do not live alone it is important to check with the members of your household and family as to whether they feel ready for a new pet.

Everyone grieves differently and it is good to acknowledge this before making a decision. You may find that some people feel ready to get a new pet after a week, while others may take months or even a year.

Existing pets:

Just like human beings, pets grieve too. Your pets may behave differently when they are missing one of their own. They may appear less boisterous, whimper often, or crave more attention than normal. By waiting until your pet’s behavior is back to normal, you can minimize the disruption of adding to the furry family.

It is natural for your existing pets to be territorial towards a newcomer. If possible, it is a good idea to get your new pet before losing the old one. If you have an older pet it can be beneficial to introduce a younger one to help revitalize the older. At the same time, you are preparing yourself and introducing a new pet into your life before losing the older one.

“Replacement” pets:

It is important to note, getting a new pet too quickly can sometimes cause people to feel resentful towards the animal. Making hasty decisions before accessing where you are in your life and how you feel can be detrimental to your new pet.

Never think of your new pet as replacing your old one. This is just a recipe for resentment. All pets are individuals, so don’t expect your new pet to behave like your old one. It is bound to have its own personality and behaviors. It is also good to avoid “look-a-like” pets.

In some ways, the process of getting a new pet is like starting at the beginning again. You have to consider your lifestyle, family, time and commitment-because a pet is a long-term responsibility, not a quick fix.


If you do decide to get a new pet you might want to check out:

Training your new puppy

Training your new kitten

Socialising your puppy

Toilet training your cat


07 Mar 2017 By Leanne Philpott Comments

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