Christmas time can sometimes conjure up images of adorable little puppies popping out of adorably wrapped presents underneath the tree. And when you bring home a pet for your loved ones as a present, it can be an awesome surprise.
Whether it’s a dog, cat, bunny, hamster or lizard, there are a lot of things to consider before you bring home a pet as a gift. Here are a few things to think about before taking the pet gift plunge.
Who will be giving the primary care?
You may be dying to give your child a pet (I know I am!). But children, or even busy adults are not always ready for the responsibility. Puppies and kittens need a lot of attention and care. If you’re gifting a pet as a present you need to make sure that the recipient is ready for task. Or at least make sure that you’re aware you will be sharing the responsibility.
Have you considered all of the supplies you need?
Other than costs of adoption and shots, there are a lot of other supplies that pets need. From cages, food, leashes, toys and treats, expenses for pets go on more than just the initial purchase. Everyone involved needs to be aware of the extra monthly costs needed.
Do you know exactly how much care and time they will need?
Puppies and kittens need almost constant supervision and care. That translates into a lot of time, I mean… a lot of time. From house training, litter training, cage cleaning, etc., the hours spent caring for animals can add up.
We all love pets and we want the best for them. However, it’s more than just loving the idea of having a pet or giving a pet. There is actual care and time involved that goes on for much longer than the giving season. In fact, I’ve been on both sides of this equation and understand them both. We’ve had to give away pets we couldn’t keep and also taken in pets that our friends couldn’t handle. What matters is their lives, care, and comfort. So please, make sure that you know that this gift is a forever friend and a forever family member before you make them a gift.