4 Essential Things You Must Consider Before Adopting a Pet

Jiva and his wife adopted Luky, an abandoned Lab from a shelter for the first time. They were excited about the new addition but had to return him soon after as the dog didn’t fit their lifestyle.

Diksha loves cats and adopted Brandy, a calico, when the opportunity presented itself. But she had to give him back because he got sick often, and visits to the vet took a heavy toll on the wallet.

First-time pet owners are excited about adopting a pet in anticipation of joyous times. But pets from shelters have a history and may not be compatible with their owners’ lifestyle.

Once to-be pet parents realise that having a pet might not be the best option, they have no choice but to return the animal to the shelter. This takes a mental toll on the pet and the owner.

So, what should you do to avoid such painful scenarios if you’re planning to adopt a pet for the first time?

Consider these 4 essential factors below as they’ll help evaluate your commitment towards being a full-time pet parent.

1. Is your lifestyle pet-friendly?

Even adopted pets need supervision, exercise, and training to ensure that they don’t grow up with behavioural problems. Dogs need at least 1 hour of exercise, and experienced dog owners will tell you that owning one is like having a child. You can’t leave your dogs unattended for long periods as they require constant attention, playtime, and petting. So, if you don’t have the time or stamina to run with your dog and take it out on walks, adopting one might not be the best idea.

Cats, on the other hand, are independent and don’t create a fuss. However, this doesn’t mean you don’t have to play with them. They need quality playtime and intellectually stimulating toys to keep them occupied. (Of course, they’