canstockphoto10619493Pets have become a part of many families these days. They are considered to be our close friends, play mates and confidants. But they also come along with a high price. If your family is thinking strongly about owning a pet, you will first need to consider if you can afford the extra cost.

 

They are cute, cuddly, curious and have the characteristics of little people. No, we’re not talking about children. These are the personalities of pets.  There’s an old saying “A dog is a man’s best friend.” They are known to save lives in dangerous situations and are treated like a family member to the end. They are forgiving and will take on your traits over time. With all of these good things, why don’t more people have them?

 

Well owning a pet will get very expensive over time. Their cuteness doesn’t hide the fact that you will have ongoing expenses in order to get them in your home and to keep caring for them throughout their lives. For this reason it is worth the time to make a well-informed decision. It is unfortunate that many pets end up in animal shelters  or homeless on the streets because their owners could no longer care for them.

Here are some things you need to consider before buying a family pet.

Do Your Research– Ask yourself if you would like a small or large pet. Do you want a dog, cat or have a reptile such as an iguana? When it comes to caring for a pet , all animals have special needs. There are different considerations to take even within a species. Small dogs are a good match if you live in an apartment while large dogs need to run free and get a lot of exercise in the backyard. Some landlords don’t allow you to have pets. Animals also encounter illnesses that can affect your wallet.

 

What are their short-term needs?  Most pet owners are aware that they will have to spend money on their pet from the beginning, but they don’t have a clue of the exact cost. Let’s take a cat for example. They will need to have a litter box, a scratching post (so they won’t damage your furniture), toys, bedding and an initial visit with the veterinarian. If you don’t care to have kittens, then you will need to have your pet spayed or neutered. You may be out of a few hundred dollars even if you bargain shop.

What are their long-term needs? These will be the recurring costs of owning a pet. This includes food, vaccinations, grooming, pet insurance (this is optional), treats and litter. Think about the fact that you acquired your pet as a baby and they will grow eventually. Their food will get more expensive and so will their needs to have regular checkups. You will need to keep your pet healthy in order for them to have a long life with your family.

You may even compare pets if your family is interested in having more than one. Your family may decide to wait until another time to have a pet depending on your financial situation. Meanwhile your research has given you a goal to shoot for in the hopes of getting that new puppy or kitten in the near future.

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