The perfect pet is more than adorable—they also make a great addition to your daily life.
Here are a few questions to ask yourself when considering adoption:
- Am I willing to take care of this pet for 10–20 years? (While the average lifespan of a rat is 2–3 years, some cats can live up to 20 years and older!)
- Can I afford this pet? (After the adoption fee, costs will include vet visits, medication, food, toys, etc.)
- How much time do I have for a pet? How often will my pet need to stay home alone?
- Does this pet suit my current lifestyle? (Do you want a low-key couch potato, or an energetic travel companion? Is your ideal pet more snuggly or independent?)
- Will my pet need to get along with children or other animals?
- What upcoming changes might affect my ability to care for this pet? (A new job, moving, marriage, children, etc.)
You’ve probably heard the phrase, “Owning a pet is a big responsibility.” It’s true! But when you do the research and find an animal that suits your time, energy, and love language, pet ownership can be much more enjoyable for you and your new companion.