A lot of the time, when we get our first taste of independence by living on our own, the first thing we want to do is go to the pet shop and buy a companion. Obviously, there are a lot of different types of pets that require different levels of maintenance. But if any of these descriptions fit you, then you may want to reconsider that trip to the pet store.
You can never keep your room clean
Pets need to be cleaned. If you find it difficult to keep your personal space tidy, ask yourself if you would be able to keep up with cleaning your pet’s space as well. Also, if your pet will be kept in your room, it may add to the clutter already there.
You can never keep your houseplants alive
Plants are living things with needs that must be kept up with. If you have trouble with keeping plants healthy, you may find it difficult to keep your pets healthy as well.
You are not home often
Whether you are out working late, partying or you just travel a lot, you should consider how often you come home before getting a pet. They need care and attention, which is hard to provide if you’re not always coming home. Unless you have some really reliable friends willing to pet sit on a whim, you should think twice about this decision.
You are broke
There’s, of course, the initial cost of buying a pet, but there will be other costs down the line, such as food, equipment and veterinarian bills. Pets are a financial commitment. So, if you are unsure that you will be able to afford to keep taking care of your pet, you may not want to make that commitment.
You get bored easily
Having a pet is also an emotional commitment. A pet is for life, not just temporary entertainment until you don’t want it anymore. So, before going out and picking your next companion, make sure you are in it for the long haul.