Each one of us pet lovers has gone through a spell/spells of sudden desire of getting a/another pet. Some of us went with the flow and got one while the others just drifted through the phase with unsuccessful attempts to get one of our own. This article won’t tell you to listen to your gut and give way to your temptations, but instead it will fill you with certain situations explaining when getting a pet can be a blunder, i.e. ‘when not to get a pet’. Let the blunder games begin!
Before/After relocating residence
Getting really desperate to bring home a mutt or a cute kitten while still in the process of moving to another place? Just don’t. Getting yourself a pet right before moving out of a place can be as bad as getting one right after moving into a new place. The workload of wrapping and packing would disable you to pet your pet once brought home. Health and care products accompanying your new affection can add up to the load to be transferred, even demanding extra care. The sheer amount of dust engaged from bringing your old stuff to light would pose a threat to the wellbeing of your young at life pet and even the hygiene of its meal.
Similar reasons persist after once you have shifted to your new pad. Cleaning up your pet’s loo will only delay the setup of furniture. It will also take extra efforts from your end to keep your mutt off the new furniture. Hence, it is always suggested to give yourself some time and not let your pet be the victim of the mess relocating makes.
While mending a broken heart
Nothing is more comforting than having your pet up close when undergoing emotional turmoil of during a break up. But don’t let this craving for emotional support be the reason for bringing home a young one. For it would demand responsibility and whole heartedness from you. It anyway won’t be long before you would be done with your melancholy. If the desire to pet a pet is hard to give up for you, consider adopting an adult pet.
When you or your S/O is expecting
It is hard to understand why would one desire to bring home a pet when they are already on their way to bring home a new life. Yes, a pet might be just the best thing to humour your living barrel of hormones of a wife at keep her at ease but nothing would be worse than her stepping into a pool of urine or seeing poop on her favourite rug. It would also split your attention from where it should be at the moment.
Though having an infant and a dog in the same residence is a widely debated topic, I personally have never found it wrong but having an infant and a puppy in the same residence changes the whole deal. No, a little mutt is not likely to harm your baby, the care a puppy demands is what makes it a tough job. A newly born pet requires similar (if not more) attention from your end as in case of an infant. There are regular trips to the vet, a lot of precautions, hygiene troubles as a pup is not potty trained and a not so handy meal to prepare. It is better to cross off the idea of bringing home a pet during the said delicate times.
Under conflict of interest
Living with an arch nemesis of pets? Don’t get one. We often plan to bring home a pet not considering how much the ones we are living with (parents, S/O, pets) dislike having a pet in the house under the assumption that they will adjust. Well, some don’t! The story usually ends with abandoned pets on streets or adoption centres. So if you live with someone who just won’t tolerate the presence of a pet, save them and your pet from cruelty and just don’t bring one home in the first place.
When all you are looking for is a wing man
If the pure purpose of you getting a pet is to have your own personalised wing man then it is just for you. Yes a handsome dog can attract girls for you… along with hours of playtime, poo to clean, fleas to pluck, showers to give and vets to visit. If you find yourself not in the position to take these fraction of all the responsibilities then it is better suggested to get your own Barney Stinson but not a pet.
When the road is your first home
If you live alone and travel for work/fun very often, then considering bringing home a pet might not be best for either you or the pet. Your frequent trips will disable you to train your pet when the time is right or play with your pet when its mood is high. You will be greeted by an overly enthusiast pet while you would be overly exhausted. The pet nannies out in the market may sound like a good idea but frequent use of their services will not only burn a hole in your pocket but also expose your pet to their unreliable practices.
If you are unfortunate enough to land in any of the brackets mentioned above, do learn to harness your desires. As it is not a mere play toy you want to bring home, it’s a life.