Bringing a new four-legged family member into your home can be the start of a magical new adventure! This time of year especially, the idea of having a cute puppy, or kitten waiting under the Christmas tree can be an enticing thought. But before you go out to adopt or purchase a new pet, there are many different factors to consider. As the saying goes, a pet is for life, not just for Christmas. We’ve put together five reasons why that’s the case!
Let’s talk about money
The initial cost of buying or adopting a pet is just the start of what you’ll have to spend on your new animal. They’ll also need a bed, food, toys, vaccinations and more. Taking out pet insurance could also be helpful if you’re concerned about potentially hefty vet’s bills. With dogs and cats living up to around 15 years or longer, you’ll need to think about if you can afford to make such a long-term commitment.
Do you have enough space for your new four-legged friend to live comfortably alongside your family? If you’re considering getting a dog or puppy, easy access to a garden or other outside space is essential. Also think about the size of the animal you’re getting. For example, a Great Dane puppy will be small, but not for long! Will you have the physical space to accommodate a larger pet? Or should you adopt a Munchkin cat or Chihuahua instead?
Pets are cute, but they also require a certain amount of attention in order to thrive! Before you get a new puppy or kitten, consider whether you have enough time to dedicate to their needs. Dogs and cats don’t enjoy spending too long without human company. So if you work long hours and have a hectic lifestyle, think about if you really have the time a new pet would need from you. If you have kids who are enthusiastically asking for a puppy or kitten, ask yourself if they’ll give them the attention they need in the long run.
Let’s get physical
Aside from being able to provide company for your pet, you’ll also have to put time and effort into keeping them fit and healthy! Most dogs will need at least an hour’s walk every day. Although they don’t require walking, cats still need exercise! They can get this either by being let outside, or you can play with them using toys inside the house.
Do they know it’s Christmas?
Christmas can be a really busy time of year! Having lots of friends and family over, preparing big meals, going out a lot and having a house filled with decorations can all be quite stressful for a cat or dog! This is especially true when they’re in an unfamiliar environment. Perhaps waiting until the festive season is over until adopting a new pet might help both yourselves and your furry friend adapt better to life together.
Whatever the season, if you’re well-prepared, bringing a new pet into your home can be the start of something amazing! If you’re thinking about getting a new dog or cat, you might also want to consider getting them the gift of pet insurance. At The Insurance Emporium, we offer Pet Insurance with cover up to £8,000 for Vet’s Fees*, as well as up to 30% discount^. Head to The Insurance Emporium to find out more!
* Cover for Vet’s Fees up to £8,000 available on lunar monthly Lifetime Gold policies only.
^ The 30% discount is made up of 20% Introductory Discount plus 10% Multi-pet Discount (if appropriate). The Introductory Discount is available for the first 12 premium payments on lunar and calendar monthly policies or for one premium payment on annual policies.
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