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Before Getting a New Pet

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What a wonderful gift, a little precocious blue point Rag-doll kitten.  I picked her up three days ago in WI, from a farm.  She is absolutely adorable and I named her Venice.  Wow, I forgot how much work it is to care for a kitten.  Venice has tons of energy and loves to run around and play with her toys.  The only huge issue is the fact that my other cat Rio is having a very difficult time accepting the new kitten.  Rio is extremely jealous of her.  The few days I have taken off work, I have been working on getting the two acclimated to each other.  It’s an enormous adjustment to get a new pet, especially a kitten or puppy. Do your research first before making the decision to get a pet.

Really understand the facts before bringing a new pet home because you don’t want to have to return the animal or drop it off at a local shelter.   “Getting a new pet? 10 things to consider”:   1.) Commitment is essential so first consider the lifespan of your pet.  2.) Time is necessary when owning a pet because you’re animal will need to be socialized, exercised, and you must keep their environment clean.  3.) Make sure there is enough space and a healthy environment for the animal.   4.) The cost of owning a pet is a major point to consider before investing in a cat or dog because you need to pay for food, vet bills, and insurance.  5.) Think about how big the pet will get so if you live in a small apartment, don’t commit to a Great Dane puppy that will grow into a gigantic dog.   6.) Who will look after your pet when you travel on Holidays?  7.) Are your family members ready for a pet, and do you have children that might be too boisterous for a new kitten or puppy?  Is it a safe environment for your kids and the pet?  8.) Do you need pet insurance because you have a rare breed or need to cover vet expenses?  9.)  If you were to die or become ill, who will take care of your pet?  10.) Think about your neighbors and the noise your animal will make before getting a pet because you would hate to get kicked out of your apartment because it’s too loud.  http://www.ivillage.co.uk/getting-a-new-pet-10-things-consider/84022

Think about these statistics before getting a new pet: “Approximately 5 million to 7 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year, and approximately 3 million to 4 million are euthanized (60 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats). Shelter intakes are about evenly divided between those animals relinquished by owners and those picked up by animal control. These are national estimates; the percentage of euthanasia may vary from state to state.”  (www.aspca.org/about-us/faq/pet-statistics.aspx)

It would literally make me sick mentally, physically, and spiritually if I dropped my pet off at a local shelter.  I couldn’t live with myself because I consider my pets apart of the family.  Please think about all 10 things to consider when getting a pet.  Those animals count on you to take care of them and make decisions for their safety, wellbeing, and life.  It’s extremely sad when I visited “The Humane Society” a couple months ago.  They are a good organization, and treat the animal’s awesome.   Unfortunately, the animals would rather be with their previous owners than peering through their cages at me with disappointment and heartbreak in their eyes.  I did all that was possible to hold back all my tears, but when I walked out of the kennel area, I began to weep.  One of the volunteers came over and tried to comfort me.  I wasn’t the one that needed to be soothed; it was all the animals that call for reassurance.

Companion Pets being euthanized in America is a huge dilemma, so please think before investing in a pet.  Do your research, and then make a responsible decision to get a pet.  Rio and Venice are a lot of work, but they also bring joy to my life.  If you’re ready to get a pet, go out and enjoy the process of planning, researching, and picking out your pet.  Have fun and I wish a lot of happiness to you and your pet…

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2 Responses to “Before Getting a New Pet”

  1. Yankeepolitics
    January 22, 2013 at 10:12 am #

    Dixie, my new kitten’s name is Venice, as in Venice, Italy. It’s not Venus like the planet in our solar system. I don’t believe we place animals above humans at all! If we do, why are so many animals euthanized each year, 3 to 4 million to be exact, and we don’t euthanizing humans as of yet! Let’s hope that doesn’t happen, but thats a complete different subject.

    There is no excuse for the killing of all those innocent pets!

  2. Dixie
    January 16, 2013 at 9:17 pm #

    These are all worthy tips Yankee, but not everyone can afford pet insurance. I think the most important thing about owning a pet is just giving it love.

    I feel sorry for unwanted animals but theres not a whole lot we can do about it. Our society has progressively changed into a secular society and although we tend to place animals on a realm that sits above mankind (an unnatural position), we also see the opposite with animal abuse, selfishness, and extreme narcissism.

    Ok, sorry. I didn’t mean to go dark!

    I wish you many years of happiness with your new family member, Venus and I hope Rio gets used to her!