I’m the type of person who “oohs” and “awws” when I see a puppy or kitten over anything else. I’m a natural animal lover and have heart for them more than some people (true). Our pets count on us for food, a home, a bed, and of course affection. They love us without hesitation, and we should the same. At least I know, I do.
But here’s the thing. Not everyone is ready to have a “kid.” Many people say pets aren’t children, but in some shape or form – yes, they are. They depend on us. So, before you fall hopelessly in love with that furball at the shelter, think to yourself. Can you give this newborn puppy everything he or she needs?
Can you offer attention the second you get home? Can you be home more often? Will you take it for a walk even when it’s pouring outside? Do you have the money and budget to buy he/she medicine when he/she gets sick? Can you afford special food for when your little one needs special care? Do you have money for a dog walker or cat sitter? Are you willing to put in the time and money that that little furball deserves each and every day? If you hesitated, you probably aren’t ready.
My little one, Lucky, is six years old and five pounds. She’s a little nugget. But an expensive nugget. When she was around 2 years old it was discovered that she had some allergen issues. She was prone to ear infections, and was allergic to most cat food and some outside allergens. She was put on medication that she takes weekly, has monthly shots, and frequent Vet visits. I have to keep a close eye on her, in addition to feeding her specialized pet food for her allergen diet. Thank goodness for pet insurance, or I would be broke. It goes to show that you never know what can happen with your pet – just like your baby human. But you choose them. You choose to love and be there for them.
Pets are an investment – both time and money. So I urge you, please be ready first, because it wouldn’t be fair if you got a little one, and then decided I can’t do this. Children are supposed to be forever. They’re a commitment, and so are our pets.
And when you are ready…get ready for one big heart tug. Because that puppy or kitten is going to make you laugh and smile like you hadn’t ever imagined. Lucky makes me smile each morning. She even greets me at the door when I come home – just like a dog (see cats are friendly too!)