A couple of weeks ago, we posed some of the most important questions everyone should ask themselves before committing to a furry friend. This time around, we thought we would talk about a few more crucial aspects that you need to consider before bringing a pooch or a cat into your life. Take a look at the factors below before running off to your nearest shelter and picking your pet…

The financial commitment

It might not seem like it when you’re toying with the idea of adopting a puppy or kitten, but owning a pet comes with its fair share of costs. Not only do you need to consider whether you can afford to regularly buy pet food and grooming products, but regular vet check-ups, vaccinations, pet insurance, microchipping, any necessary council registrations as well as the possibility of emergency vet care can run your bill much, much higher. If you can’t afford to give your pet the necessities they need to be happy and healthy, committing to an animal unfortunately isn’t for you.

Is your home pet friendly?

This is one that many first time pet owners fail to realise the importance of, purely because they are unaware of all the hidden dangers that an average household can pose for your new friend. When it comes to the inside of your home, it’s vital that you stop using any toxic rat bait or insect repellents and instead invest in pet-friendly versions. Additionally, all potentially dangerous items must be put far out of reach once your pet arrives. Not only does this mean keeping your medication safely locked away, but if you’re prone to leaving things such as socks, underwear or food laying around in easily accessible places, you will need to get into the habit of putting these away to ensure your pet doesn’t swallow something they shouldn’t!

So your home is pet friendly… but what about your garden?

Before bringing home your cat or dog, be sure to check if there are any holes in the fences of your back or front yard, fixing them up to ensure that your pet cannot sneak through them. Be mindful that although a hole may seem small, many pets, especially fluffy dogs and cats, can squeeze through them much easier than you might initially think. It’s also necessary to do some research on vegetation that is toxic for your pet, such as lily plants for cats and cycad plants for dogs, and rid your garden of these items before introducing your pooch or feline friend into the home.

At the end of the day, it’s important to remember that owning a pet is a lifelong commitment and one that you need to be prepared for. However, as any pet owner will surely tell you, if you have the capacity to care for a pet properly, the reward is well worth the cost.