Thinking of adopting a pet? Ask yourself these questions!

Deciding to adopt a pet can take a second but taking care of pets is a big commitment. Did you or your family member recently decide to adopt a cat or a dog? Just like human beings, our loved pets also require a commitment of time, emotions, energy, financial resources, and a lot of affection.

Ask yourself these questions before you decide to adopt a furry friend:

Do you have time?

The first question to ask yourself is how much time you have to care for your pet. Cats are generally more independent compared to dogs. Puppies require a lot more attention, training, socializing, and exercising. If you think your family members can dedicate time and attention, then adopting a puppy or a kitten is a great idea. But if you live alone, consider bringing home an older cat. Kittens also require training, extra care, and a lot of attention during the early stages.

Life expectancy of pets

The life span and expectancy of pets depend on their breed, size, and type. Do you have children in the house? Kids love keeping hamsters as pets, but hamsters have a short life. Most dogs and cats live up to 20 years or more. When deciding to adopt a pet, consider the life expectancy of pets and do some research on different breeds and types of dogs and cats.

Is there space?

Different kinds of pets have different needs. Big dogs will require more space and while they may be spending more time outside for walks, playtime, and socializing, they will still be coming home at the end of the day. If you live in an apartment or a condo, you may have to be careful and keep plants hidden from your cats or kittens who are notorious for tasting and eating anything they see. Cats are also curious by nature, and they discover their surroundings by tasting things. Cats can adjust to smaller spaces provided you give them enough playtime as exercise but keeping a big dog in a small space may come with challenges. Assess your situation before you decide.

Level of exercise

Dogs need their daily walks outdoors. Are you often pressed for time? Do you juggle different jobs? Or maybe you just do not like going out for regular walks. If that is the case, consider adopting a cat. Cats are more than happy to be indoors. You can give them enough toys and they will know how to keep themselves busy. Smaller dogs do not need daily walks, but they do need enough playtime. If you are adopting a high-energy pet, be prepared to invest time and physical exercise to keep them happy and healthy. Pets need physical and mental stimulation. For a pet parent, their pet’s health and safety are a priority. If you adopt a pet, be sure to spend time with them every day so they stay happy.

Keeping a pet is rewarding. Are you ready to care for a furry friend? Is your new cat or dog coming home? Do you need a ride to bring them home from the breeder or adoption center? Paws en route, a Toronto pet taxi service, provides safe and timely pet transportation. Let us know if you have any questions. Book a ride with us today!

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