Being the owner of a pet is a HUGE responsibility.
When you buy or adopt a dog or a cat they become a member of your family, a bit like bringing a new baby home from the hospital. Just like a baby, they will need lots of love and care for many years to come so it’s very important that you choose a pet that will fit into your family lifestyle.
Here are a few questions you need to ask yourself before buying or adopting a dog or a cat.
- Is my back yard big enough for a pet?
- Will I remember to brush my dog, feed it and take it for daily walks?
- Will I make sure I bath my dog regularly?
- If my dog or cat gets sick, can I afford to take it to the vet?
- Can I afford to get my pet desexed, vaccinated and microchipped?
- Will I make sure my pet is registered with Council?
Did you know there are about 165 breeds of dogs in Australia and they all have different personalities? Before choosing a breed you should always find out what sort of personality it is likely to have and if it has any special needs.
Puppies and kittens grow up very fast. It’s important to ask the person you are buying your pet from how big they will grow and what exercise they need.
The cost of owning a dog or a cat will depend on the breed you choose. For example, if you have a big dog with a long coat it will not only cost you more to feed than a smaller breed but it will need a regular hair cut too!
A trip to the vet can be costly so keep your pets away from dangerous places and don’t let them play with animals that are sick.
Dogs and cats are not toys. They are friends for life and need constant love and care. Most of all, love your pets and they will love you back even more!