- Time Commitment
Pets require a lot of attention and time. Many families and busy professionals find the time commitment the most difficult to adjust to. Dogs require time for feedings and walking several times a day. Earlier on in pet ownership, you spend a lot of time researching and learning about your pet and care. If your pet gets ill, you can spend lots of sleepless nights at Urgent Care or worrying up all night. Pet parenthood requires commitment to clean up after spills during inconvenient times. A schedule is uprooted when introducing a new furry member into the home.
- Financial Investment
The financial commitment of pets is a large factor why many pets end up in shelters. Pet insurance, high veterinarian bills, food, and toys are all elements of costly pet-care. Accidents or sudden health developments could leave pet parents with a hefty urgent care bill. Healthier food and snack options for dogs and cats often cost most more. Pets with special needs could require costly food and treats and surveillance to maintain health.
- Must Consider Their Boarding if Vacationing
Vacationing as a pet parent is not as easy as packing-and-go. You have to secure accommodations for your fur baby while booking reservations for yourself. If the pet is tagging along on the trip, their transportation has to be comfortable and the rental property has to be pet friendly. If your pet is not joining you on the trip, they need an attentive sitter or boarding house. All options require planning and commitment.
- Destroys Household If Untrained
An untrained dog or cat could run amuck unknowingly. Your pet can chew on anything lying on the floor or the furniture. If your pet is not potty trained, they could pee and poop on the carpet and floors. Counter surfing for food and treats could lead to damage of valuables. Rambunctious young pets are filled with energy and often inadvertently get into places they should not.
- Saying Farewell
It is never easy to say goodbye to a friend and it is especially difficult to say farewell to a pet. The pet becomes a family member after living and growing in your home. Closure after a pet passes on is painful for every member of the family. Hurt from a pet loss makes it difficult for many pet owners to introduce a new pet into the home.