Please note all information found on my Did You Know pages are from my own research and experiences, if you are concerned about your pets health and wellbeing, Please seek Professional help from your Veterinarian, Behaviourist or Trainer.

Adding a new addition to your family

So what should you think about before bringing a pet into your family,
with years of working in pets shops I have heard lots of reasons,
” oh look their so cute”
“I want to buy my young child a hamster because they are so cute”
“oh they are so cool ”
“my 6 year old has really wanted a pet for the past few months”
“my dog/ cat is lonely I think they need a friend”

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o before you think about bringing a new pet in to your family please think twice
⦁ Do you have time for them?
Handling and exercise every day, from hamsters to dogs, cats.
Dogs need training, so do you have time to take them to socialisation / training classes?
Most animals need at least 1 hours exercise a day.

⦁ What will you do when your child gets bored or loses interest in them?
Children do get bored or lose interest in them, especially as some animals tend to be less active when they are older, or maybe they have bitten your child so now they are scared of their new pet, do you as a parent have time to take them on and fulfil the pets needs?
⦁ Lifespan of the pet you are looking for
As sad as it is pets unfortunately don’t live forever, I wish they did.
Syrian hamster 1-2 years
Gerbils 3-5 years
Rabbits 10-12 years
Guinea pigs 8-10 years
Cats 15-20 years
Dogs average 15 years
Reptiles can life up to 20 years
Tortoises can live over 100 years
So you need to ask yourself will you be able to give your new pet everything they will need for their whole life.

⦁ Money
Its not just time pets take up but also money, pets can be expensive not just for their housing but on a weekly, monthly basis too, monthly you will need to buy,
food, bedding, toys but also vaccination’s, vet visits etc.
So when you write down your monthly budget do you have spare money that you can use for your new pet,

⦁ Does you pet need a friend
So when looking at adding a friend be it a puppy, kitten, rabbit, guinea pig, please think about the following:
1. What will you do if they don’t get on?
2. Are you willing to house small animals separately for a slow introduction with the possibility they wont get on?
3. Do they really need a friend?
4. Can you afford a second pet?

⦁ Buying or rescue
There are lots of animals in rescues please where possible please rescue rather than buying, you will also have rescue back up so you will have all the support from the rescue who work with these animals all day every day so they will be better equipped to give you help and advice.
So I always advise people to think twice and do lots of research about the animal you are thinking about, speak to people who own them, use the internet, read books, get as much information as you can so you can make an informed decision,

Please think twice before bringing a pet into your family.

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