Alright I admit. Terry's
story still irks me. I know purrsNswipe
has talked about pet ownership but here's my 2 cents worth to anyone who is considering to adopt or buy a pet & then regret it & decides to abandon it or dump it with the SPCA.Think First
1) Recognise the commitment. Pet ownership is not something to be taken lightly. Owning a pet is a life-time emotional and financial commitment.
2) Evaluate your lifestyle. When you get a pet, it will become a part of your life. You need to make sure the pet is suitable for your lifestyle. If you are a busy person, work long hours, likes to go back to a quiet home, then DON'T GET A DOG! Get a cat instead. Every aspect of you & your family's life - schedules, hobbies, personalities, should be taken into account first.
3) Take your time to pick your pet, consider your options carefully. Ask the breeder/shelter questions about the pet you are considering - its health, temperament, behaviour, history etc - no more flimsy excuses like - "I didn't know I need to brush the persian everyday"
or "I didn't expect the JRT to be so active"
1) Pet proof your home. Make sure electrical cables are safely tucked away. Create a comfortable area for your pet - bedding, food & water bowls, if it is cat - litter bin. And if you are bringing home a cat, MESH YOUR WINDOWS. Keep your cats indoor at all times.
2) When the pet comes home with you, give it time to adjust. It is probably frightened in a new environment, so it could be hostile, shy, not behaving its usual self. If it is cat, make introductions carefully. In doubt, please refer purrsNswipe's
blog. Excellent reference materials there. Remember, it takes time for the pet to get used to you, your family and the rest of the pets at home. If you expect the new pet to integrate right away, you are delusional.Keep Your Pet Happy
1) Schedule annual check ups for your pet & sterilise your pet. A sterilised pet lives a longer & healthier life.
2) Feed a good diet. What is good for us is not necessarily good for your pet. Always provide fresh, clean water.
3) Exercise. Your pet need regular execise to ensure continuing good health.
4) Be alert to your pet's changing needs. As it ages, its needs will change. It may require a different diet, need more sleep & become less active. Do what you can to keep it comfortable. Your pet may not be as fun as before, but it is still the same pet you loved as when it was a puppy/kitten. You should do everything you can to pamper it in its final years.Be a Friend
1) Play. Cats & dogs love to play. Set aside time each day for play sessions. Play is also a form of exercise for the pet.
2) Talk to you pet. No kidding. Your pet may not understand your words but it will enjoy the sound of your voice (although Beauty will beg to differ here - she finds me too much of a nag! that is a cAt with attitude to boot).
3) Give your pet your time. You are the centre of your pet's world. You may be tired after a day's work but your pet just spent a day on its own waiting for anxiously for you to come home. The least you can do is to reward it with your time.
Last of all, your pet loves you no matter what. So love your pet back!
And after all these & you still treat your pet badly, neglect it or abandon it, I gonna come round your place & smack you.