If you’ve ever been around animals or had pets of your own – either as an adult or growing up, then you know how much of a joy they can be and what happiness they can bring.
Animals, especially dogs can be extremely loyal and protective and are often like a best friend to those who love and care for them.
However, what many people fail to realize when making the decision to get a pet is just how much of a commitment and responsibility they can be.
Of course it’s hard to overlook the cuteness and get all caught up on the exciting and fun aspects such as playing games with them, lots of cuddles and buying them treats from places like Wine Whiskers, but the fact is, as much as your pet may love all that stuff, they’re living beings just as much as we are. They have real needs and emotions, and they need a lot of care and attention.
A sad fact is that so many pets end up in shelters because people jump into getting one without first considering what having pets actually entails.
Since we want to help avoid seeing more situations like this, then we’re sharing with you in this post some of reasons why having a pet is a bigger responsibility than you think.
They need to be trained:
This obviously applies to younger animals or ones that have perhaps been adopted from shelters when they’ve previously been in bad homes, but it’s important to remember that animals have their own unique personalities and don’t come with a manual, so you’ll have to put in some effort to train them properly and deal with any behavioral problems they may have.
They need you to feed them:
Although animals such as cats are wild and will go hunting for their own food at times, it’s still your responsibility as their owner to make sure your pets are well nourished and fed. Since they can’t do this for themselves, then you have to make sure you’re able to feed them enough by being there or making sure that someone else can do it for you.
They need regular exercise:
Pets may be cute and cuddly, but they also have lots of energy, and like humans, they need regular exercise to ensure they’re staying fit and healthy, so if your schedule doesn’t allow you to walk a dog or ensure that your cat gets out regularly, then this is something to consider before getting one to see if it really fits in your lifestyle.
They need someone to care for them:
Although cats may be more self sufficient than dogs, even they need care. You can’t just leave them to fend for themselves – especially not if you want to come back to a house full of dead birds or other things that cats like to bring home. When it comes to dogs, they definitely need a lot more care, so you need to make sure your schedule and lifestyle will allow you to do this properly.