Having a Pet – The Pros and Cons
Buying a pet is something to think about. Many people rush to find that they made the wrong decision afterwards. The choice you make does not only affect your own life, it is also a choice you make for another living being.
An unwanted animal is a very unhappy animal, even if its physical needs are met. Each year, thousands of dogs, cats, rabbits, turtles, hamsters are thrown into the streets by their owners because making the wrong decision was so easy.
By being the considerate and responsible person you are, you will want to make sure that you will only get a pet if you can give it a good life with you.
So let’s start with the benefits of having a pet before we get to the facts that speak against breeding.
- A pet brings happiness and joy into your life.
- A pet gives you the opportunity to share your love and kindness.
- If you live alone, a pet keeps you company.
- Animals give unconditional love – they make fun of who you are, who you are or how much you make.
- Pets are excellent companions for children, helping them in the event of emotional disturbances or disorders, while educating them on nature and non-human beings.
- Children learn to be more understanding, patient and responsible in their actions when they grow up with a pet.
- Owning a pet means being responsible for another being that is entirely dependent on its keeper. This responsibility can sometimes be seen as a burden.
- If you lead a busy life being responsible for the physical and emotional needs of a pet, this may be too much to muster.
- Who will take care of your pet when you go on vacation or, God forbid, if you have to go to the hospital?
- Animals have physical needs like we do. They need to eat and get rid of the waste. This means that you will have to bear certain odors in your home, no matter how clean your pet is. If you are very proud of the house or maybe even a bit compulsive about bacteria, if you like a spotless place to live, animal hair and dander may not be for you.
- Keeping a pet can be quite expensive. You need money to feed the animal and provide health care. Depending on the species, this can represent a considerable sum each month.
- I know many kind-hearted people who have underestimated this important factor in finding themselves in serious debt after the illness of their beloved pet. Imagine the grief of falling asleep a pet just because you can’t find the money to pay for the surgery or treatment you need!
Even though there are many animals on the market that are suitable for all lifestyles, we should never forget that animals are sentient beings who fully depend on their people.
If at the end you decide to have a companion animal, be sure to choose a healthy specimen in good condition, do not get carried away by its soft appearance and if in doubt, ask your veterinarian.
Remember: a pet is for life!