things you need to know before welcoming your new pet

Things You Need to Know Before Welcoming Your New Pet

Maybe it’s their big googly eyes or that cuddly fur that you fell in love with. Well, every pet in this world has that magnetic eyes which can swoop you right off your legs to fall for them. Every furry cute companions in this universe have psychic powers (well, that’s what we think). Most of you might have experienced the same when you visited the farm or the animal shelter to pick your first pet. Each and every baby animal has that eagerness in their eyes which indulges deep into our heart and conveys a secret message “take me home”.

Pets are adorable and are the walking vessels of love and care. But, are you sure that your pet is happy enough? Whether it’s a dog, a cat or any other domestic animal of your choice, they require some basic needs other than food and water to stay healthy and happy or more likely you can say ‘being home’. A recent survey states that most of the pets in the US were given as gifts on holidays (especially Christmas). But, only a few still had a home at the time of thanksgiving. So, here are things you need to know before welcoming your new pet…

• Proceed Only If You Can Commit

A dog will live for 12 –15 years and cats even more. Well, your pal is gonna be around you for a really long time. They might seem adorable and compactable when they are still babies but, this wouldn’t be the same when they grow up. They’ll ask for more play area and would have an enormous appetite.

Taking care of your pet is a responsibility. Well, if you are a person who often runs away from responsibilities, then just back out from getting a pet. Commit yourself that you’ll protect and look after your furry friend till his/her last breath. Your puppy might need his daily exercises and taking him to a walk might be best solution for this. You might need a high quality retractable leash with light to hold him/ her down.

• Can You Afford a Pet?

This is one of the essential questions you should ask yourself before getting a pet. Well, you might snatch away your new pal with a great deal but, what about the future expenses? This might include food, health checkups, vet bills, medications, shampoos, toys, apparels, beds, and much more. And yeah, don’t forget about those emergency medical situations too.

If you find your budget sufficient enough to take care of all his/her needs, then proceed further. Adopting a pet is just like adopting a kid, and you need to take care of it as precious as you take care of your kids. So, if you are finding it difficult to meet the ends at every month ending then, drop the plan.

• Does Your Building Allow Pets?

This happens with most of the bachelors or single independent ones out there. They get their pet without confirming it with the landlord or the apartment authorities. They’ll even succeed in sneaking the pet to live with them for a few months. But, when the landlord finds out this, it isn’t only them who are left homeless but the pets too.

Make sure to approach your landlord about getting a new pet. Ask him to update the lease of the building. If he or she won’t budge on the pet situation, then it would be wise to either drop the plan or move to a new home which allows pets.

• How Experienced are You with Pets?

Do you have any history with pets? If you have, then bringing a new pet wouldn’t be much of a problem. But, when you are a newbie, there are a lot of things you need to know. Understand that your pet too has a personality and can experience mood swings. If not taken care properly there is even a chance that your pet might fall into depression.

Do proper research both online and offline. Jot down all the important things you find like, the quantity of food, the time they require a bath, name of vaccinations and medicines for emergencies and much more… Taking care of older dogs are easier than taking care of puppies. Puppies are more like explorers packed with a lot of energy. They’ll explore and taste anything they come across. So, prepare yourself for a puppy tummy poisoning.

• Vet on Hotline

Before you decide on the type of pet that suits you, ask your friends to recommend a vet. A veterinarian can provide you with excellent information on what kind of pet you must go for. Try to maintain a good relation with the vet as he can be on your phones hotline if something shows up on your pet at odd hours.

• Does Your Home Has Enough Space?

Getting a bigger pet for a condo that you own will make living miserable for both him and you. Depending on your pet, make sure you provide enough space for him/her to move freely and relax. But, if you don’t have any plan or chance to change your current living condition, then inviting a furry companion can be hell on earth.
Also, make sure that your pet is getting proper and regular exercise. All those foods and no play will make your pet obese. This will create more complications in the future. Get all the pet accessories and toys ready even before his/her arrival.


Getting a pet will be the best decision you’ll ever take in your life. He/she will be a constant giver of positivity and upside to your life. Other than the cutest side of pets, they can help you reduce your risk of cardiovascular diseases and anxiety issues. There’ll be a lesser chance of depression and other mental issues. Well, who doesn’t love pets!!!

About the author:

Ella James is a lifestyle and decor blogger and editor at Lijo Decor. She is a long-time native from Miami, Florida , USA who loves to publish her own articles in various lifestyle-related websites.

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