While owning a pet can be extremely rewarding, it is important to remember that pet ownership also comes with a huge responsibility. As a pet owner it is very important to thoroughly research the basics of pet care before acquiring any new pet so that you know you will be able to understand and meet different kinds of needs of the animal.
Some important factors for rearing pets are discussed below:
1. It’s a Long-term Commitment
When you decide to offer a pet home, remember it should be for the pet’s lifetime. Responsible pet ownership also means committing to take care the pet through their sickness and health. The average lifespan of dogs and cats is around 12 years, with some dogs and cats living until 15 or even 20 years. Everyone wants puppies and kittens because they are unbearably adorable, but you should also be prepared to take care of them as they grow up.
2. Spend Enough Time
Caring for a pet takes a considerable amount of time every day. Exercise, socialization, grooming, feeding, reward-based training, play time and providing company and attention are all critical aspects of pet ownership.
3. Expect the Unexpected
Breaking and throwing things. Chewing your favorite plants. Scratching the furniture.