There comes a time in many peoples lives where they think they may want a pet. How can you tell when your house is ready for the responsibility that comes with having another living creature to care for? I have discovered a few different ways to ensure that your household is ready for the tasks.
For example, my house hold has three children and one way I have came across is having my family be responsible with chores. If they can do their chores without being told, then feeding and taking care of an animal should be a piece of cake you would think. In my opinion it is our responsibility to show our family what it in tales to take care of another. I devised a way with my kids by setting up a chore chart for each child and at the end of the week they would get their allowance. From their allowance would be taken out the food and supplies needed for their pet. Now not only are they learning about taking care of an animal but also value the ethic of work and using their money for necessities, bonus I say.
One of our most very important tasks is to teach our family proper treatment of animals. They need to understand that any living creature needs proper love and attention, along with food, water, and proper housing.
Leading by example is always the best policy so be sure to prepare your family properly when including a pet into your home. Be sure the pet you decide will be a good fit for your household. Here are a couple guidelines I have come across on how to prepare your family for a pet:
- Be sure your family is financially ready for a pet. Many costs come with owning a pet is just like adopting a child. You have medical bills, food, toys, bedding, and more. So be mindful of taking on the extra cost.
- Have time for your new family member. Often you hear a family falls in love with a pet but decide that they no longer have the time to be able to dedicate to the new addition. Remember no matter what age of the pet it is still coming into a new environment and will need time to adjust to your schedule.
- Try to have a proper area in your household that you can dedicate to your pet so there is not so much of a shock for the new family member to get use to its new surroundings.
- Prepare some money in reserve to be able to purchase the supplies your new pet will need. Often people are taken back by how much they can spend at a single outing at let say PetSmart. I know I have so be sure to have some extra cash in reserve just to be safe.
Well I have thought of what I could possibly help you on this decision good luck and be sure to check out our postings. New pet parents pop up every day with new ideas and great tools to help others along the way.