My grandma told me a story once about life on the farm. When she was a young girl, her mother gave her a baby chick to raise. My grandmother fed it and raised it until it was grown. She named it and she loved it like a pet. Then one day, she noticed that her chicken was conspicuously absent from the yard, and when she asked her mother about it she found out they were having chicken for dinner. To this day she doesn’t cook chicken. On the farm, animals were not pets. They were there to serve their masters, even if it meant they would become dinner. This was a lesson my grandmother learned the hard way and she passed it down to my father who passed it down to me. The message I grew up with is that pets are not part of the family and as soon as they start costing too much they are no longer welcome in the household.
Of course, after a string of dogs (10), cats (5), and other various pets (3 guinea pigs, 3 mice, 2 hamsters, and a flame-bellied toad), our house was starting to feel like the Grand Central Station of domesticated animals. And the lesson I really learned was that you shouldn’t get attached because your favorite furry friend could be gone one day. It was for this reason that I avoided getting pets for years after I moved out of my father’s house. But I eventually began to long for the companionship of a pet, and after thinking long and hard about it, I decided to adopt two shelter cats. Those pesky little furballs changed my whole outlook on pet ownership.
The question posed at the opening of this article is: should you cut costs when it comes to your pets? The answer is no. Pets are expensive and you need to know this going in. When you invite an animal to join your household and your family, you are essentially taking in a dependent, and that makes you responsible for his health and well-being. Animals require a lot of care. You must make sure they get enough food and water and that it is high quality, providing all of the nutrients they need to remain as healthy and happy as possible. But you also need to make sure that they don’t get overweight as this can cause them discomfort and even serious health problems. So if food equals love in your estimation, you’ll have to make an attitude adjustment when it comes to pet care.
They need love and attention, so if you’re not prepared to take them for walks and play with them when they wake up in the middle of the night, perhaps you’re not ready to be a pet parent. And if your idea of training is to yell and hit, you definitely shouldn’t adopt animals. Of course, this is only part of the equation. You’ll also be responsible for any costs associated with grooming and medical visits, and these expenses can add up, especially if you have a pet that is prone to accident or illness. Joining clubs, buying insurance, and utilizing promotional codes can help you bring down some of the costs, as can a DIY attitude when it comes to grooming. But you need to make sure that you have the cash on hand to cover emergencies should they arise. If you’re not prepared to shoulder the financial burden associated with having a pet then you shouldn’t get one in the first place.
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