With you being home and having more time in your hands because of the pandemic, you might be considering adopting a pet. After all, owning at least one pet is known to help lower stress levels and have an overall positive effect on their owners.

However, before adopting, especially if it’s your first time, here are a few things you should consider before providing you new pet with a good home even after the pandemic ends:

 

 

  1. Can you commit?

 

Owning a pet is a long-term commitment. Don’t adopt just because of the lockdown and you have time to take care of your pet. Even when the lockdown is lifted and you are required to go back to work, your pet will still be left at home. Your pet would have been used to you being at home all the time.

 

When you decide to adopt, you should slowly start introducing your pet on what will be their normal routine post-pandemic. Stick to a schedule when walking your dog and feeding them.

 

  1. Can you afford?

 

Owning a pet costs money. You need to consider placing a budget for veterinary visits and for vaccines, boosters, and spaying and neutering. You also need to get appropriate food to feed your new pet. There are kitten, puppy, adult, and senior varieties that will suit your new furry friend.

 

Grooming is also needed as their claws/nails need to be trimmed. While cats often groom themselves, brushing them can help improve the overall condition of their skin. Getting them interactive toys can help them be occupied, especially once you will be away. You would also need a scratching post for your cat to keep them from scratching your furniture.

 

  1. Can you pet-proof your home?

 

Your new pet, especially puppies and kittens, will be adjusting to their new home and they can be very curious. They will try to go through even the tiniest opening in your house so you need take into consideration the things you currently own and where to place them should you decide to get a pet.

 

Place dangling wires from televisions, stereos and telephones out of reach. Hide chemicals, cleaners, medications, and sharp objects in latched cabinets or high shelves. Aside from the possibility of your pet knocking over your plants, there are also poisonous plants and flowers that can result to them being ill if they chew on them.

 

  1. Will your pet fit your lifestyle?

 

Do you want a small or big dog/cat? What size and breed can your home accommodate? What kind of temperament are you looking for in a pet? Do you want a puppy/kitten, adult or senior pet? These are just some questions you need to think about.

 

Research first about the pet’s personality to make sure it matches what your expectations. As mentioned, having a pet is a long-term commitment so you should also look into how big they can get and whether your home can accommodate that size. You should also think about your schedule, activities, and hobbies post-pandemic and how will your new furry friend fit into your life.

 

 Sources:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/06/smarter-living/a-guide-for-first-time-pet-owners-during-the-pandemic.html

https://mspmag.com/arts-and-culture/general-interest/what-to-consider-before-adopting-a-pet-in-a-pandemic/

https://www.bctv.org/2020/04/28/adoption-during-the-pandemic-is-it-right-for-you/

https://health.usnews.com/wellness/articles/adopting-a-new-pet-during-the-pandemic