A pet may be an excellent addition to any home. Living, breathing creatures, on the other hand, are more than simply Christmas, Hanukkah, birthday, Easter, or other special occasion gift ideas.
Taking care of an animal involves a long-term commitment, which can last a decade or more. Every animal needs a pet parent with the time, energy, money, and enthusiasm to welcome them into their lives. While it may seem wonderful to surprise someone with a new pet on Christmas morning, we recommend that you think about the following issues before presenting pets as presents this holiday season.
- Pets are a Commitment
While the receiver may be overjoyed with the new addition, giving a pet as a present may be a dangerous proposition if the “gift” has not been thoroughly studied and arranged. Given that the animal will (ideally) live for 10 to 20 years, it is not a decision we should make without first discussing them and never as a surprise. The prospective “pet parent” must be entirely dedicated to the concept of adopting a new “baby,” with all the toilet training, chewed things, and other responsibilities that entails.
- The Recipient Might Not Have the Money
Throughout their lives, cats and dogs may cost a lot of money. In addition to vaccines for kittens and puppies, the receiver will be responsible for microchipping and other general veterinarian services such as dog training and cat dental care. Pet food, grooming and cleaning, toys, bedding, and boarding bills are among the other costs.
- Holidays May Not Be the Best Time To Gift a Pet
During the Christmas season, most households become significantly busy, and the holidays may quickly become stressful. When you consider the possibilities of out-of-town traveling, festivities, and everything else that comes with the Christmas season, a new puppy or kitten is the last thing on most people’s minds. Even without the Christmas craziness, entering a new setting may be frightening and chaotic. Consider how much nicer it would be if you waited until after the holidays to bring a new pet into your home.
- They May Not Want That Pet
If the person receiving the pet would prefer a different type of pet, they may mistreat the animal. If they desired a cat and instead got a puppy, they may not devote enough effort to training, walking, or even connecting with the animal.
Pay Adoption Fee Instead
Adopting an animal from a shelter is a better option than shopping for one. If you’re still certain that a pet is an ideal gift, pay the shelter adoption fee for the gift recipient in advance.
This enables an individual or family to select their pet on their timetable. They’ll be able to consider the financial, emotional, and time implications of pet ownership before making a decision. You will have given a much-needed gift to the shelter in their honor if they finally decide not to adopt an animal.
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