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5 Things to Consider Before Getting a Pet

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No other feeling is greater than bringing your first pet home. As much adorable as this feeling is, it also comes with great responsibilities and commitment. Most people add a pet to their family without considering the responsibilities and that's where they do it wrong.

There are many factors to go through before making a decision. But above all, you need to ask yourself if you are ready to commit to your pet. So, if you too are someone planning on getting a pet for your home and family, then here's what you should know before making a decision.

Here are 5 important factors to consider when you are planning on becoming a pet parent.

1. Cost

One of the biggest factors that would affect your decision is the cost. When you raise a pet, several expenses are going to be a part of your monthly expenditure. Vaccines, food, insurance, toys, and bedding are just a few to name. After all, your pet would be your family member and fulfilling all their needs would be your responsibility.

2. Time

The responsibilities of being a pet parent don't limit to providing them with food, water, and shelter. You need to be a 'parent' for your pet. You will have to spend enough quality time with your pet because they need love and affection just like us. Pets also tend to go into mental depression and phases of anxiety when they lack love and time from their parent.

3. Space

Space is something most pet parents don't think through before making their decision. Your furry friend would need adequate space to live comfortably. In the case of a doghouse, it should be 25% longer and taller than your dog's total length and height. If you are planning in-house bedding, ensure to bring a size that suits your pet. Your pet's supplies and other items would also need storage space.

4. Lifestyle

Adding a dog to your family would affect your lifestyle as well as your loved ones. Raising a pet makes everyone happy until it's time to take on the responsibilities that come along.

If you are a frequent traveller, think about your pet- Will your family take care of them while you're away? Will you be carrying them everywhere you go? The questions are infinite whether you are a traveller or not. Hence, it is necessary to think of all the possible situations with your future pet consideration.

5. Pet Personality

Different dogs possess different qualities and have their own needs. Before getting a pet, consider what qualities you would be able to handle. While breeds like Doberman Pinschers, German Shepherds, Rottweilers, and Siberian Huskies are considered to be strong and bold in nature; Beagles, Labradors, and Golden Retrievers are friendly and easy to handle. Long-haired breeds like Shih tzus and maltese require grooming more frequently than short-haired breeds like beagle and Indian pariah.

So, whichever breed you decide to bring home, make sure you are able to handle their personality traits and fulfil their needs.

What's more?

The list of things to consider could go on when deciding to add a pet to your family. But what matters the most is your passion and dedication towards raising a pet. Most people adopt pets due to their fascination and end up abandoning them when they are not able to handle the pet. So, make sure that you give your pet a permanent home- a home that fulfils their needs and offers them care.

Ready to be a pet parent? Let us help you. Join Kuddle's in-app community- Kuddle Social, and on our adoption page, you can easily find a furry friend for yourself. Connect with us to begin your hassle-free pet parenting journey and make the experience amazing for you and your furry baby at every stage.