Family pets are a treasure and Christmas is a great time to gift them, if the situation is ideal. They can delight someone in ways you never thought possible. However, you have to consider a lot of things before taking this plunge. Every year, too many cats and dogs are returned after Christmas, left alone and confused about what happened to their home. Then they spend months waiting for a new home and it’s incredibly sad.
If you want to get a pet for Christmas, I have a few tips.
The first is for couples, especially new couples. Too many times a boyfriend or girlfriend will try to be cute by gifting a puppy or kitten. Then the couple breaks up and multiple hearts are broken. Unless you’re engaged or sure you will stay together for the animal’s life, I strongly suggest finding another gift. I’ve been in this situation in the past and it’s not worth it, just trust me. Unless you’re ready to start a family, don’t bring a pet into the mix.
The next is for newlyweds and new families. Make sure everyone is on board. If you’ve been thinking about getting a dog or cat for a while, great. If you know it’s something you have time and money to support, go for it. However, if you’re only doing it to please your child and one or more hearts isn’t really in it, try to find something else. For most kids, the novelty of a pet won’t wear off, but for some it will. Make sure you kid is aware of the responsibility of taking care of the animal. You also want to ensure that you’ll have the time to care for the pet when kids are away for the night, busy with school work, or simply just out being kids.
If you’re committed to a life-long companionship with a cat, dog, bunny, or other animal, then a pet is the perfect Christmas gift for your significant other or family. If this blog post made you have second thoughts, wait on it for a few months. If you still feel the desire for a pet, consider it and discuss it with friends and family to see if it’s right for you.