Love your pet
“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” Anatole France As humans, it is easy to forget that a pet is also living creature with a beating heart. Too often, we seem to think that we have a monopoly on this planet and that we alone can feel emotion. Animals too have emotions and express feelings. Having a pet is rewarding, but it can be hard work as well. If you are well prepared, do your research and love your pet unconditionally, caring for a pet doesn’t have to be challenging.
- Choose a pet that fits your lifestyle – Before buying a pet research on the behaviours and needs of various pets you like. Don’t go into this decision dead-set on one species or breed, being open-minded can lead to happy surprises and the right pet for your family. Keep in mind some general concerns with different pets. For e.g., if you live in an apartment, a breed of dog that requires a lot of space and outdoor time may not be a best suited.
- Determine if you can adequately care for a pet – All pets require time, money, and love in addition to the specific needs of each animal and breed. You need to be sure you want a pet not just that day but in the long-term.
- Buy necessary pet supplies in advance – Talk to the pet store specialists about things you will need for your pet and shop before you bring your new pet home. Teach your family members how to best use those supplies, so that everyone is on the same page.
- After making sure your pet has access to water and nutritious food, the next best way to care for it is to give it daily attention.
- Give your pet occasional treats after it has displayed good behaviour.
- Buy toys and play with your pet so it gets enough exercise.
- Pets add to the homelike environment – Pets have a way of creating a homelike environment. In fact, the community dog is frequently the first to greet visitors as they enter the front door, making them feel welcomed immediately.
- Pets increase social interaction – There is something about a pet that often promotes conversation. Having a pet encourages social interaction because people like to tell stories about their pets or give updates on their well-being, so pets can also serve as a conversation starter with visitors, family and friends.
- They provide companionship – Pets can decrease loneliness, help to reduce stress and encourage exercise and playfulness. This not only benefits the body but also the spirit.