Today anyone will agree to the general understanding that pets are members of the family, and that they are expected to be treated no lesser than us humans. Whether we are taking a pet for adoption or buying pets, it involves a lot of emotional baggage! It is as if we were taking in a new family member. Hence buying animals is BIG DEAL to many people! All pros and cons should be considered!
Let’s see some factors involved in accepting a pet in exchange for money:
- Lifetime Commitment: When buying pets, this question you will have to ask repeatedly- Am I prepared to commit my entire life to this creature. Even a small goldfish in a bowl requires minimal care. Also, even though you may argue that a parrot or fish is smaller than a dog or horse, the fact still remains that such creatures may live longer than their larger counterparts! Sometimes, seeing the cuteness of the animal, people are distracted and forget the ‘commitment issues’.
- Affordability: People may like an animal, but they tend to forget to ask themselves will they be able to afford it? Exotic animals like reptiles- Yellow Throated Asian Water Monitor Lizards or amphibians like Amazon Poison Arrow Frogs tend to swallow a huge gulp of the purchaser’s wallet green thing! Even in non-Exotic breeds of dogs and cats, if the animal is registered in an international kennel club or has predecessors as registered show quality, their price increases two-fold!
- Understandability: This means do I have the necessary understanding knowledge base to care for a pet before buying pets? This can be a sweet long wait involving reading books, watching videos, and speaking top experienced professionals, breeders, owners, or doctors! KYP (Know Your Pet) is a necessity these days to prevent Pet Abuse in the long run!
- Time Limitations: Pets eat up your time like ants a lump of sugar! Suddenly you may find yourself being less of a social bird, or a night crawler watching late nite flicks, or even get dumped by your love mate! Instead, you may be buying pets in addition to your rookie youngster to set up HIS love life!
- Space Limitations: Now we don’t want an Arabian Stallion on the front porch now do we? By space, we do mean living accommodation but also you will have to gauge the noise level the pet makes, so that it will determine if that pet is best suited for the city signals or the village alleyways! Ex. African Guinea Fowls make such loud noises that they cannot be feasibly kept in cities, but require a large farmhouse with large open spaces (because their foraging range is much larger than domestic chickens!). A domestic goose or duck will require a large pond, and also soil (which can then efficiently absorb their poop!).
- Integration into Priorities and (most importantly) Lifestyles: Old habits die hard, or so they say! Are you ready to walk your dog every single day? Or ready to take your pet to periodic vet doc visits?
The fact remains that you will have to change your life and SACRIFICE it for someone else (who deserves no less than a human being!). If your answer is an affirmative YES, then you can at least consider buying pets!