How to Become a Responsible Pet Owner
Pets require loving and attention from their owners. Even if some pets can thrive without human interaction, they still need your affection from time to time. You should be ready to attend to your pet’s needs. How can you become a great pet owner?
Keep your pet’s ideal weight.
Like humans, animals are prone to obesity or being underweight, too. Giving your pet unhealthy food such as sweets and food with high sodium content may result in overweight or obesity. On the other hand, if you do not let your pet eat an appropriately balanced meal, it may become underweight and sickly.
To determine your pet’s ideal weight, use the standard methods that veterinarians use. These methods include visual inspection and palpation. Alternatively, visit the vet clinic and have its weight checked. Keeping your pet’s ideal weight prolongs its life by almost two years.
Prepare your monthly budget.
Pets need food for nourishment, and shampoo and soap for cleanliness. It also needs a proper resting area. You assign its own sleeping space in the kitchen or anywhere in the house . These items entail spending money on their basic needs. Although some pets are low-maintenance, you still need to prepare a monthly budget on food and medication.
A pet can still acquire diseases even though you clean it every day. It can get sick without any apparent reason or may be due to overeating and stress. To make sure your pet is free from any diseases, schedule a regular check-up with your vet. A healthy pet means longer life.
Spend quality time with your pet.
Like humans, your pet needs your attention. Spare a few hours every day to play with your pet, cuddle it and talk to it. Your pet may not be able to express gratitude through words but you can feel its gratefulness through its actions. Pets that are given attention by their owners are more docile and follow orders. You see, they may act as if they do not understand the words you speak but they could feel the intonation and “emotions” in your voice.
Understand your pet’s behavior.
We know that taking care of a pet requires effort, time and money. Before you adopt a pet, make sure you have read guidelines and tips on how to take care of it. Pets have the same mood swings and behavior. However, they still have behaviors that are unique to their breed and species. You can choose from a wide array of available resources. All you need to do is do your part. You can read books that specifically discuss the different ways of caring a particular pet. You may even join a forum discussion. Watch video tutorials. Join a pet club. Simply ask friends who own the same breed and species as your pet is.
Consider spaying or neutering your pet.
This applies if your pet is a cat or a dog. You do not have to consider spaying if you own one cat or dog. However, if you adopted a couple cat or dog, spaying is an option. Spaying is the process of removing some reproductive organs on female pets while neutering is removing the testes of the male pet.
Spaying or neutering prevents overpopulation of cats and dogs. We recommend that you consider this process if you own two or more cats or dogs. Millions of cats and dogs worldwide are becoming homeless because of irresponsible pet ownership. A lot of them die of hunger or diseases. Not only are they suffering the consequences but they may also affect the human population with unknown diseases.
Responsible pet ownership does not only mean adopting a stray dog or cat or any pet you might found in your backyard or in the neighborhood. It also includes taking care of their basic needs, allotting a monthly budget for their check-up, and sparing time to play and cuddle them. Owning pets require maturity because they also know how to react and feel pain. If you are not ready to do all of these tasks or are not mature enough, we suggest that do not own a pet. Save yourself and the pet the trouble.