7 Questions to Ask Before Adopting a New Pet

7 Questions to Ask Before Adopting a New Pet

Adding a new dog or cat to your family is a great decision. I highly recommend rescuing pets as then you're helping to save a life and freeing up a spot in the shelter or rescue you're adopting from. When you're thinking about adding a new furry member to your family, there's some really important things to think about. Here are seven questions to ask yourself to make sure you are ready for the commitment of a new pet.

Am I ready for a new pet?

1. If you have a pet already, do you know if your pet gets along with other animals? It's important to know how your pet relates to other animals. Is he or she generally friendly, or does your pet get aggressive when other animals come into your home? This can play a big role in your decision.

2. Do you have the financial resources to take care of your new pet? As a responsible pet parent, you should be taking them to the vet regularly for vaccinations, check-ups and health maintenance. Dietary requirements vary by animal but just picking up a bag of kibble from Walmart doesn't cut it with some pets. Costs can add up fast, so look at your budget before you commit.

3. Do you have the time to care for your new pet? Tying your new puppy on a chain in the backyard or shoving him in a kennel is so typical nowadays. Please don't fall into that trap! Puppy socialization is extremely important if you want your puppy to be a balanced, happy and healthy dog down the road.

4. Are you competent in basic obedience training a new puppy or dog? If you don't get the basics down and teach your new canine the rules of the house, he might jump on all your guests, counter surf, chew up furniture and potty in the house.

5. Are you active or a homebody? It’s important to have a pet to match your lifestyle. If you're looking for a jogging or hiking partner, a pug might not be the best breed for you. Be selective. Ask questions. Do your research.

6. Do you have a back-up plan for the long hours you might work while you have your new puppy, kitten, dog or cat? A pet sitter or dog walker is a valuable asset to have at your disposal in these circumstances.

7. Do all members in your household agree with your suggestion of adopting? Everybody should be on the same page. If not, the pet might get the short-end of the stick when you aren't around. Having a pet is a big responsibility and without everyone ready to pitch in to help train and give guidance, it is much harder.

We commend you on your choice of pet adoption. By considering the questions above and taking a good look at important issues we mentioned, you'll be in a better position to bring a new furry family member into your home.

This article originally ran on MunciePetSitter.wordpress.com. Click here for the original post.

About this Experts Contributor: Kelley Stewart is the owner of Sit Stay Play In-Home Pet Sitting & More LLC, which provides pet sitting in Muncie, Indiana. You can follow this contributor on Twitter @sit_stay_play and Google+.

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