Apr 18, 2016

Thoughts on Getting a Pet for the First Time...

Every day I can see Olly getting a little bigger; I can’t believe how fast my little boy is growing! As he gets older though, I’m starting to think about all the things we’ll get to enjoy together, like his first holidays to far off places or his first day at school.

Recently though, I’ve been thinking a lot about what kind of pet we would get. He loves animals, and I know that as soon as he goes to school and he sees that other children have their own, that we’ll get the inevitable question: “Can I have a pet?”

To be honest, I love the idea of adding a little furry addition to our family, but there are a lot of considerations when taking on a commitment like that. I thought in today’s post that I’d share a few of these with you.

What pet suits our lifestyle?

First and foremost, we have to think about our day-to-day lives, and what kind of a pet would fit in with all the chaos of our little family. Sometimes I think I’d love to get a dog, and I can just see taking him for walks with Olly and turning it into a real opportunity for family time. However, things in our family are so busy, and I have my hands full most of the time with Olly.

I’m not sure that bringing a little, exuberant puppy who needs constant attention into our lives is realistic. Instead, I think about getting something smaller like a rabbit or guinea pig to start off with that we can keep in the garden, as they would need less attention and would be easier to take care of. Maybe we can think about a puppy when Olly is already in school!

Breeder vs rescue centre?

After deciding on the kind of animal we want, where would we pick up our new fur baby from? I always thought about getting a rescue pet (click here for more info), but then I’m concerned about whether or not that’s a good idea with our little boy being so young. I would hate to fall in love with a dog and then have him nip at Olly.

Instead, I’m looking more towards places that are kennels associated with registered breeders. There are plenty of puppies for sale in the UK that are sold through these organisations, and they’re often registered with the local authorities, only work with carefully selected breeders, and the facilities themselves are spotless, so you know that your new addition has been well taken care of.

What would our budget be?

Finally, just like any member of the family, pets are expensive! Their food, vet bills, insurance payments, toys, beds – the list goes on. We’d have to be able to fit all of this into our monthly budget. I’ve looked into the pet insurance deals that are on the market, and if you get in touch with your vet, they often have monthly payment plans for yearly check-ups and vaccinations.

What other advice would you give someone buying their first pet?

Remember, you’re promising to take care of them for the rest of their lives, and that will be expensive. Whether it’s dog biscuits, toys or cat litter, everything will need replacing on a regular basis, so make sure you’re able to provide that.

I hope you found this useful – let me know in the comments below if you have any other advice for people getting their first pet.

This is a collaborative post. 

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