Giving a pet as a present this Christmas?
We have already covered the reasons NOT to get a pet as a present this Christmas, however the reality is MANY of us cannot resist the temptation, in-fact December is one of the busiest times of year for breeders of both Cats and Dogs throughout the UK...So if your mind is made up, you may as well know what to look for, the questions to ask the breeder and yourself!
Firstly, and perhaps most importantly, take a good long hard look at your lifestyle. For any owner-pet relationship to blossom, it is absolutely essential that they are able to slot nice and neatly into your day to day living, if you have to fit into theirs it is a recipe for nothing but disaster! Research has shown that the single most popular reason for choosing a Cat is that they are relatively easy to maintain, a person with a hectic life and little time to offer, should certainly consider the feline option, they are far less demanding and require far less input than the Dog option!
One must consider the 'extra' costs of owning a pet, sadly many a pet purchase is bought under impulse - it is only when the vet nary bills, vaccinations, insurance, kennel feesd and cost of food start mounting up that people sadly often have to part ways with their beloved 'impulse' bought pet. Another point to consider is that certain breeds are more prone to getting ill than others, check out the breed history, statistics and most importantly ensure you check out the health of the mother before bringing fluffy home! Do not take no for an answer on this one, if the breeder won't show you 'Mum' and all relevant paper work then WALK AWAY!
If you really want a Dog, but are perhaps concerned about the amount of time you will need to sacrifice, then have you considered getting an older version of the puppy you so desperately want? They require little if any training, come with toilet etiquette! And will no doubt have passed the 'chewing' phase!
Remember, the larger the Dog, the more they eat, the more they cost! The more you will fork out on replacing carpets (lots of mud!), chewed up shoes and replenishing your car with petrol!
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