THE ART OF THE LONG TERM PET OWNER

Your home is your happy place. The place where you feel safe. The place where you can relax. The place where you can shield yourself from the busy and aggressive world around you.

But your home is also a nest for your family. At first, everything begins with you and your partner moving in together. And before too long, you’re already talking about having a baby. For a lot of families, the joy wouldn’t be complete with a loving animal, a pet you can cherish. Of course, becoming a pet owner is challenging at times, but ultimately so is becoming a parent or even a homeowner.

Every step you take to build your family will bring new challenges, and a lot more joy to your life. Enough to make you forget everything about the potential difficulties you might face along the way. So what are the key stages of becoming a pet owner, and how can you make sure that you bring happiness to your furry or feathery friend?

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You learn with your first pet

If you’ve never had a pet before, the first time might be daunting. But don’t worry, there are many kinds of pets, and you will surely find one that suits your personality and lifestyle. Even though most families choose a dog, there’s no reason why you should too. Especially if you can’t commit to many hours of long walks and games. Additionally, you don’t have to adopt a baby animal. You can get an old dog, for instance. But be careful as it might not be suitable if you have children who are keen to play with it.

It’s fair to say that you’ll make mistakes with your first pet. You might have to wave your goodbyes to some of your favorite shoes if you take a puppy. They do have enthusiastic little teeth. Or you’ll have to reject the idea of a carpet with a cat as they love to scratch things. But ultimately, the principle of a family home is that it has to evolve to meet your family needs. So, you’ll soon know how to combine safe interior and trained pet.

 

What happens when your beloved pet has passed?

Unfortunately, no pet lives forever. In fact, pet lovers agree that the hardest decision they face is whether or not to get another pet after the loss of their family animal. It can be even more difficult if you had two pets and lost only one of them. As pets have a strong sense of smell, you might want to store away all items that belonged to your departed friend with Community Mover facilities. This will make it easier for the remaining pet to grieve. More often than not, bringing a baby animal home can help you to fight off depression.

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The experienced owner who wants to change lives

Finally, once you understand what it is to be a pet owner, you can decide to put your skills to use by adopting shelter animals. Shelter dogs and cats can be a little shy or nervous at first, so they’re a choice for experienced owners only. They’ll be forever grateful!

From inexperienced owner to shelter saviour. Adopting a pet is a journey filled with lessons, love and extraordinary experiences for families. So what’s stopping you?

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