Checklist of factors to consider when adopting
What to Consider When Adopting a New Pet
There’s no denying that bringing a new furry family member into the home brings countless benefits, from unyielding companionship to unconditional love. But along with the joys of adopting a pet come a whole new wave of unique responsibilities. After all, you’ll be their sole caretaker for 10 to 20 years depending on the type of animal you adopt.
So to help you find out if you’re ready for everything that goes along with adopting a new pet, we created this checklist of seven questions and factors to consider.
1. What’s Your Schedule Like?
All pets require time, care and attention, regardless of the kind of animal you adopt. While cats are more independent than dogs, it’s still important to play with them and interact with them on a daily basis.
So if your work requires you to travel often or if you’re out most days and nights, you might want to reconsider adopting a pet.
2. Do You Have a Pet-Friendly Home?
It’s also important to ask yourself if your home is pet-friendly, meaning it’s suitable for the type of animal you’d like to adopt. For instance, housetraining a puppy becomes much harder if you live on the third floor of an apartment building.
If you already have a pet, consider how they might react to having a new sibling and make the appropriate preparations for a multi-pet home.
The ASPCA also provides some other tips for making your home pet-friendly, including:
- Keep toxic foods and other dangerous items in higher cabinets your pet can’t access.
- Avoid vertical blinds, drapery, and long cords as they can be choking hazards.
- Remove all plants in and around the home that might be poisonous to your pet.
3. Do Your Research.
Once you do some self-reflection on the above questions, it’s time to research what type of animal and specific breed would best fit your lifestyle. For instance, if you’re an avid hiker or runner, a more active dog breed would be ideal, but if you prefer to relax, a cat might be a better fit.
This research phase can be daunting since there are so many different breeds to consider, so if you’re unsure where to start, seek advice from a veterinarian.
4. Are You Ready for Any Special Needs Your Pet May Have?
Special needs or medical conditions can develop at any point throughout a pet’s life, so always be on the lookout for things like food allergies and separation anxiety, and be prepared to address them. This is especially important if you plan on adopting a pet from an animal shelter.
5. Consider Microchipping Your Pet.
Microchipping pets is the best way to help ensure a speedy reunion should your pet ever go missing. A microchip is a tiny device that’s inserted beneath your pet’s skin so you never have to worry about it being removed or falling off like a collar.
It gives your pet a unique identification number, and once that number along with your contact information is uploaded to a registry like the HomeAgain National Pet Recovery Database, all it takes is a simple scan of your pet’s microchip to begin the recovery process.
Microchipping is most often done when pets are at the vet being vaccinated, spayed, or neutered.
6. Do You Have All the Right Supplies for Your New Pet?
After adopting a pet, make them feel right at home by having the necessary supplies ready to go, including:
- Pet beds in multiple rooms
- Food and water bowls
- Appropriate toys and treats for their age and breed
- Scratching posts and perches for cats
- Leashes, kennels, and crates for dogs
For even more personalized supplies for your pet-friendly home, consider the SureFlap® Microchip Pet Door Connect and the SureFeed® Microchip Pet Feeder Connect. By syncing with your pet’s microchip, these devices give them exclusive access to food or specific areas inside and outside the home while simultaneously giving you real-time insights into their health and activity through the Sure Petcare App.
7. How Will You Proactively Prepare for Emergencies?
Emergencies are an unfortunate reality that come along with adopting a pet, but preparing for them in advance can make them a lot less scary.
Always have the contact information for your veterinarian and local veterinary hospital in an accessible and visible location, and to avoid hefty costs, consider purchasing pet insurance. According to a recent article in Forbes, the average monthly cost of accident and illness coverage was $48.78 for dogs and $29.16 for cats.
As shown above, there’s a lot to consider when it comes to adopting a pet, but if it’s done under the right circumstances and with the right intentions, the benefits of adopting a pet are countless.