So many kids have Christmas pet stories, and while it’s always exciting to give and get a pet for the holiday, it’s also one of the biggest reasons why pets end up in animal shelters!
There are so many things that families and humans need to consider before adopting a pet for Christmas, even if that is the only thing they think someone wants.
Pets require a lot of care.
This care will be harder to organize and manage after the holiday season is over and everyone has to go back to their busy lifestyles like work and school.
Let’s take a look at 5 things to consider before getting a pet for Christmas.
Do You & the Recipient Have Time for a Pet
Pets require a lot of time, care and handling, and if you are getting one for your own family, you really need to look at whether or not you have the time.
If you want to get a pet for someone else, this really should not be done unless they have taken the time to consider this and have stated that they can handle the responsibility– never assume.
If the amount of time necessary to care for a pet is in question, determine if you are willing to make sacrifices in order to allow for time.
Can You Afford the Cost of a Pet
The costs of pet care are rising, like everything else that a family would consider owning.
Pets require food, medical care, training courses, and sometimes boarding and sitting fees.
It is important that you think about all the regular, and possible, costs that are associated with pet care before giving them as a pet for Christmas.
Can You Handle the Lifestyle Change
If you have never had a pet before, it is hard to understand how being a pet owner is a lifestyle.
Pets require regular exercise and entertainment, they need attention and for their families to be available to meet their needs.
Planning your days needs to include them and their schedules and you need to make arrangements for their care when you have to be away from home.
Are You Looking for a Puppy/Kitten or Adult
Adopting a pet for Christmas can involve adopting a pet when it is young or as an adult.
Many children are very specific about what they want, but what you adopt will need different care and attention depending on age and kind of pet.
Puppies and kittens require a lot more work than adult pets would need.
Think about what children want and what you can provide for when making a choice.
You can also check out these tips for how to choose the perfect family pet.
Will Everyone in the Household Welcome the Addition
Other pets and all family members need to be considered before a new pet is added to the household, and this is especially true when Christmas gifts are being considered.
Most pets either get along great or don’t get along at all, and every possible pet being added to a family should be introduced to other pets before a decision is made.
All the children and adults in the house also need to be comfortable with a new pet, so it is important that any fears or reservations be allowed to be worked through before a decision as big as this is made.