Let’s add another twist to this scenario: Your partner/kids have been dropping hints that all they want for the holidays is a pet. They try to convince you every which way to agree and they promise to help take care of it.
- Are you prepared for the commitment that is required to take care of a pet? A dog or cat may live as long as fifteen years. Do you have the finances, the time, the energy, to give this creature the home and the life it truly deserves?
- If your kids are begging for a pet, will they truly take responsibility for the cat or dog or will the responsibility ultimately fall to the adults to care for the animal?
- Is your home pet friendly? Do you have plants that the cat or dog could chew on that could be potentially poisonous? Do you have wires and computer cables lying around?
- If you rent or plan on renting in the future, are you prepared to part with your pet if you fall in love with an apartment that must be pet free? Some landlords will accept tenants with cats or dogs up to a certain weight; others will not allow any pets in their building.
- If you decide to adopt a puppy or a kitten (especially a puppy), do you have the time and energy to train them?
- Do you or anyone in your home have allergies to pet dander? As cute as animal is, if you are sneezing all the time, it may not be worth it.