What are the wrong reasons to get a pet?
So I was scrolling through a baby/children forums looking to see if my article about grief and children would be a suitable submission and I thought I’d have a read of the other pet and children related articles. What I found was horrifying. A bunch of completely ridiculous reasons to get a pet none of which had anything to do with loving animals and WANTING a pet.
I guess I’m spoilt, I normally read other pet friendly websites so I don’t get exposed to this much online. Of course I do occasionally come across this with my work and even in my own friendship circles. So, I’m writing down the top WRONG reasons to get a pet.
- You don’t like animals but don’t want your kids to miss out – worst reason ever!
- You only want a pet if it’s free and doesn’t cost much to look after, and if it gets sick, your opinion is “is it cheaper to just euthanase this one and get a new one?” Newsflash – pets are not a disposable commodity!
- You want it for protection and that’s the only purpose
- You want to teach you kids a lesson in responsibility but you’re not willing to be a responsible pet owner – if you’re not going to be responsible yourself what lesson could that possibly teach your child other than to NOT respect a life regardless of what shape it comes in.
- You used to think of your pets as your children, but then you had real children and see that they don’t matter as much so you're much more relaxed with them not getting adequate care and treatment like they used to… You may be more relaxed and understand that an animal’s life cannot be put on par with that of a child, however, this does not change the fact that every pet needs love, food, veterinary care and stimulation. Having children is not a good enough excuse to NOT look after your animals or not give them the veterinary care they need. NOTE: I’m a mother of two so I know how difficult it can be to find time for everything. I’m not talking about parents who simply have less time for their pets but will still provide them with the care they need. I’m talking about the ones who make a conscious decision NOT to care as much and NOT to provide the health care that their pets need because they no longer place value on their pets lives.
- Pets are cute but should be seen and not heard. Most importantly you feel that they should behave themselves from the start and NEVER make a mistake without being taught how to act. “I’ll get a cat but only if it never gets on the bench, never scratches my furniture and always uses the litter tray” Talk about unrealistic expectations. If you don’t like animals and everything that comes with them then don’t get one. No one is forcing you too. Do your vets and the community a favour and just DON’T!
If you are consider getting a pet for any of the above reasons then alarm bells should be ringing! My advice for you is stick with the pets of the stuffed variety.