Pets are great companions to keep, sometimes even better than human friends. For every person out there, there’s always a perfect pet for them. If you want a playmate, you can get a dog, but if you’re more on the peaceful side, you can have a cat. But remember, wanting to have them and being capable of having them are two different things.
Given the stress of today’s world, it can be easy to forget why we got a pet in the first place, as the initial excitement turns into what seems like a chore of taking care of another individual. We’re all guilty of it at one point or another. It’s definitely happened to me on more than one occasion.
Here’s are five tips:
1. Ask a Veterinarian
Vets are doctors for animals after all. Most pet owners forget the importance of consulting them, thus creating more severe problems. Ask a vet about the dos and don’ts for your pets. Things about parasites, appropriate food, vaccines, and even other processes that can make it easier for you and your pet (e.g., spay and neuter). If you care about your pets, be willing to make a trip to your vet regularly for their needs.
2. Learn About Your Pets
Now, a vet can’t tell you everything you want to know, right? So it depends on your willingness to learn about your pets, how much you will know about them. There are several ways available to learn about pets, and the internet is one of the most convenient ways. You can search for body languages and their meanings, what human foods are dangerous for pets, etc. If you are determined to keep a pet, this much effort is not a big deal.
3. Healthy Diet
It’s very crucial to know what foods are toxic to your pets. If you’re not sure whether they are good for them or not, never feed it to them. It’s better to be sure. Also, make sure that you’re feeding them properly, not too much, and not to less either. A healthy diet includes proper exercise; make sure that you find time for even a short walk with your pet.
4. Discipline Your Pet
Taking care of your pet is very much the same as having a child. You can’t expect them to know what’s right and what’s wrong. You must make your own set of rules, give rewards when they’ve done right, punishments if not. This way you can control your pet’s behavior.
5. Pay Attention to Your Pets
On one occasion I left Sparky at home the entire day to go to work, and when I came home the house was in tatters. Leaving your pets alone for such a long time will bore them out. This will lead to destructive habits that are not easy to fix. Spend time with them whenever you can, play with them, talk to them, do things together. In that way, you will earn their trust and get closer to them.
Owning a pet shouldn’t be a reckless decision. You need to think about the responsibilities that come with it. There’s no such thing as a perfect pet owner, but the next thing close to that is being a good one who genuinely cares and truly loves their pet.