Things you should con­sider be­fore adopt­ing a pet

HT City - - LIFESTYLE - (With in­puts by Ak­shay Kan­itkar, Rashi Narang, and Aastha Bahl)

Will­ing­ness to com­mit and adjust, the size of your home, the kind of weather your city has are some fac­tors that need to be con­sid­ered be­fore adopt­ing a per. Take a look at the fol­low­ing list to know more.

Ask your­self if you are ready to bring a pet into your life. Do you have the time and en­ergy re­quired to train and care for a pet from the start to the very end? (if you have a doubt about this, take a lit­tle more time to think about it).

Con­sider all your op­tions. Pup­pies and kit­tens are not the only ones that you can adopt. Adult dogs and cats of­ten need homes too.

How does you fam­ily feel about pet an­i­mals? Pets are fam­ily, so it’s al­most like plan­ning a baby or a new ad­di­tion to the fam­ily. So, make sure ev­ery­one at home is okay with the new adop­tion. Does your cur­rent home have enough room? While cats, birds and small dogs

PETS ARE FAM­ILY, SO IT’S AL­MOST LIKE PLAN­NING A BABY. SO, MAKE SURE EV­ERY­ONE AT HOME IS ON THE SAME PAGE

man­age well in apart­ments, larger dogs need more room to stretch their legs.

Can you com­mit as a fam­ily? Will you be ready for the lifestyle changes that the pet will bring? That may mean morn­ing walks, wak­ing you up re­ally early and many more things.

Are you ready to spend money on them? You must make sure that you are able to adjust to their spe­cial needs in terms of food and vac­ci­na­tions.

PHOTO: SHUT­TER­STOCK

You must feel ready for the lifestyle changes that the pet will bring be­fore you go ahead with the adop­tion

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