What People Don't Tell You About Having a Pet
Nothing compares to the joy of adopting or buying a new pet and welcoming it into your home.
13:43 28 February 2020
Your kids are going to love it, and you’re certainly going to devote a lot of your time and effort to care for it, but what about all the little annoying things that come with having an animal in your house? The small inconveniences that no one tells you about until you discover them yourself? If you want to know more about some of the hassle that you may have to face before you get a cat or dog, here are some of them.
Expect to See Hair Everywhere
One of the nuisances that will make your life harder is pet hair. Even if your new friend has short hair, you’ll find hair on the furniture, your clothes, and the upholstery of your car, but don’t let this problem deter you from having a new best friend, as you will find that dealing with pet hair is easy. All you have to do is look for equipment made especially to get rid of pet hair, like vacuums. Because normal vacuums can’t easily target all hair, you’d better invest in one designed for that purpose.
They Will Pee Outside Their Litter Box
It doesn’t matter if the previous owner or seller tells you that your pet is well-trained. As long as this is a new environment, the chances are that your new pet will pee outside their designated toilet, which can cause a lot of frustration for many people. However, pets are smart and can adapt very quickly. Don’t give up on your pet and be patient. Remember not to frighten it while training it as this can have adverse effects. This is a crucial process for your pet, and it’s only temporary.
You Won’t Get Much Sleep
Owning a new pet means that you’ll have to take care of it all the time. Most animals will be active in the late hours of the night, which means that you’ll find yourself waking up in the middle of the night more often. If you have more than one pet in your house, it’s going to be even worse with them knocking off objects and climbing on the bed to wake you up. Dogs will bark at sounds outside the house, which will lower your chances of getting a good night’s sleep.
Your Property Will Suffer Damage
The “trained pet” guarantee is not very accurate. Once your pet gets comfortable in the new environment, it will unleash its energy and start wreaking havoc on your property. Dogs, for example, like to chew on everything from furniture to carpets. Cats also like to claw and knead on upholstered furniture to mark their territory. This can definitely cause damage to the interior of your house, so make sure to provide your pet with toys to chew on or a scratching toy to avoid this problem.
You’ll Pay a Lot of Money
Aside from the happiness that you’ll experience with loving a pet inside your home, you’ll notice that the expenses of your new friend’s needs will be piling up. You will have to buy lots of toys to keep it occupied, take it to the vet for regular checks, and buy high-quality food, all of which will be pricey. You’ll also purchase other necessities like harnesses, brushes, shampoos, pet insurance, and a collar. Of course, you won’t pay for all of these simultaneously, but your rides to the pet store will be more frequent. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as it teaches pet owners that they’re investing in something other than themselves. People often think of animals as toys, but the constant care that they’ll have to provide their pets will teach them otherwise.
Allergy Is a Serious Problem
Many people experience allergic reactions when adopting a pet and the results are catastrophic. You can be allergic to a pet’s saliva, urine, or even dander. Even worse, your friend or a family member can be allergic to your pet, which may lead to you returning it or having your loved ones visit you less frequently. So, if you’re not sure whether you’re allergic to a certain animal, you will have to spend a bit of time with it to see if you experience any allergic reactions.
Owning a pet is not something that should be taken for granted. It is a decision that you come to when you’re sure you can handle it. If you can, then there’s nothing stopping you! Don’t let the negative aspects scare you away as there are methods to help you deal with these problems and make you and your pet happy.