Thinking of getting a pet? Before you do so, there are some considerations to make. Keeping a pet is a lifelong commitment and comes with responsibilities. To have a pet just to guard the house, or as a birthday present, are very poor reasons for doing so. You must be prepared to invest time, money, and care in order to have a healthy pet and enjoy the fulfilment that comes with pet ownership.

Many people who buy a pet on impulse have probably not thought through carefully on the responsibilities with owning a pet. The lack of knowledge is a reason for some pet owners’ irresponsible behaviour, such as abandoning the pet when reality sets in and issues such as family objections, and time and financial constraints arise.

If you are unable to provide for the pet adequately, think twice about getting one!