Hello everyone! I hope you are having a beautiful weekend so far.
If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed that now and then, I tend to post photos of my Ragdoll cat, Lana. So I wanted to share a post about the ‘Things to Consider Before Getting a Pet‘ and most importantly, the cost that will come along with having one.
Here I have gathered a short list of things that may help you to prepare before deciding to adopt/buy a pet.
Do some research!
Whether you want a cat, a dog, a cute rabbit, etc. Always do some research in terms of personality in accordance to their breed. It’s very important to have an idea about their behaviours, especially if you have kids around.
Prepare your home and make it a safe environment for them too, as there are items that can be dangerous. I totally recommend switching your toxic cleaning products for Eco friendly ones and research about which plants/flowers are Pet friendly.
Long-hair pets need extra care with their coat. Cats for example, tend to bath themselves a lot and if you don’t brush their fur often, they will vomit. You will need to spend extra bucks on treats that will help reducing the hairballs.
Also make sure to find out the cost of vets for check-ups, vaccines and surgery if you want them spayed. It’s also recommendable to have a look at the food available in the market and the cost of it, plus all the add-ons your pet is going to need to feel comfortable at home.
What should they eat?
I would suggest to have a look at the brands that barely use grains or non at all, as it is not good for the health of your pet in the long run. It’s important you learn their diet and understand that grains are bad for them – cats and dogs need to eat mostly proteins.
Many pet food brands use grains in their production because it is cheaper; however, you can find some good brands that are grain-free in the ‘Pet Stores’ but at a higher price of course.
What if I travel a lot?
If you travel often, then honestly don’t commit to have a pet until you settle in a place. I’m not saying you can’t never travel again but you need to consider whom you are going to leave your pet with – and make sure they are ready to do this for you.
If you can afford bringing your pet with you, that’s great! But do some research about the cost of the passport, vaccines needed and also, how they deal with travelling.
Pets are cute, let’s admit it! But before you decide on having one, be conscious that you need to put a lot of time, money and effort to make them happy and to keep them healthy.
Remember that cats and dogs can live up to 12-15 or more years, depending on the care you give them. You don’t want to end up giving them away or worst, abandon them because you just couldn’t commit, right?
One thing is sure, they will give you so much love in return.
Thanks for reading and I hope you find this article helpful 😉
PS: If you want to see more photos of Lana, you can do so here.