Pet ownership does not only mean choosing an animal and then taking him home. Truth be told, it’s just the beginning of a long-term commitment.
Although owning and raising pets appear like a daunting and tedious job, many responsible pet owners managed to overcome all the potential struggles. How? They just thought of the entire idea as a part of their everyday routine and not as a job. It’s that simple.
Considering you also that way, what do you think these responsible pet owners do that we don’t? We’ve listed 5 of them below.
1. They take good care of their pet’s health.
In a study conducted by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, it was found that an animal’s fur could trigger allergies. Three out of ten individuals suffered allergic reactions when exposed to cats and dogs.
So what does this mean to you as a pet owner? Obviously, animals should not be left to roam in the house if a member is allergic to them. Otherwise, he/she will suffer asthma. However, if you insist to bring them in, opt for breeds that are hypoallergenic or refer to the Internet for ways to hit two birds with one stone.
2. They consider their pet’s natural habits and their personal lifestyle.
Are you more of an adventurer who loves to travel to places? Or perhaps you are a bookish who wants to read a book all day in the room? Maybe you are a movie buff who prefers to eat and watch various flicks in the couch?
Regardless of what type of person you are, there is a specific breed that perfectly suits you. There are giant dog breeds that enjoy trekking and camping in the mountains. Also, there are those that are couch potatoes. But just to be sure, careful research has to be done. A visit to expert breeders could give you helpful insights about what pet you need.
3. They practice consistency.
Whether you agree or not, careers and relationships are often our top priorities. Due to our busy lifestyles, we rarely see our beloved fur babies. We only get a glimpse of them when we wake up early in the morning and when we arrive late night. Thankfully, they don’t hate us for not being able to spend time with them.
Apparently, the things above make responsible pet owners a stand out from ordinary people. Instead of spending their free time doing office-related tasks, they make it a point to schedule their pets for grooming and dog baths. They take them to regular dog walks in the park and allow them to mingle with others of their kind. Now, isn’t that what being responsible means?
4. They set boundaries.
If you truly care for dogs, you need not to adopt 10 of them at once. Being a responsible pet owner means setting boundaries and limitations to what you are and are not capable of doing.
There’s no point of bringing 10 dogs at home where in fact, you can’t even afford to feed two of them. In the long run, these creatures will only suffer from starvation. And then, you’ll have no choice but to surrender them to animal shelters. The cycle just goes on and on.
5. They are always prepared.
We never know what will happen in the future. So it would be wise to prepare ahead.
Natural calamities may wreak havoc at times you less expected. That being said, you must always have emergency kits for your pets in handy in case the need arises.
While pet ownership seems like a journey to forever, the challenges should never be looked at as a hindrance. In fact, these roadblocks can help strengthen your bond with your furry friends, and at the same time, mold you into a more responsible person. In the long run, you will realize that you have already grown into a person your four-legged pals love and respect, which is of course, a good thing.
Jordan is the lead content curator for Coops And Cages as well as a couple of other pet related blogs. His passion for animals is only matched by his love for ‘attempting’ to play the guitar. If you would like to catch him, you can via Google+ or Twitter: @CoopsAndCages