There are few things that leave you with more of a warm and fuzzy feeling than sharing a new, wriggly puppy or tiny kitten — or any other pet — with someone for Christmas. The sheer joy and excitement on their face is enough to tell you that you made the right decision in getting your friend or loved one a pet . . . or did you? It’s a sad reality that your local veterinarian often sees pets brought to shelters or abandoned after the glitter of the holidays is worn off. Here are a few reasons why you should consider carefully before buying a new pet for someone over the holidays.
3 Reasons You Really Shouldn’t Buy Someone a Pet for Christmas
1. You Are Gifting an Obligation
That lovely little puppy will soon grow up, and you need to be confident that the recipient will still be able to provide for the animal once they start chewing up shoes, having accidents and even potentially have health issues over the years. Without a serious discussion about the long-term impact to the animal’s life, it may be a good idea to forgo gifting a pet.
2. Creating That Special Bond
Pets have personalities just like people do, and it’s vital that you have a good fit between pets and their pet parents. For this reason, it’s often best to have someone pick out their own pets instead of selecting an animal that you think will be a fit. Giving an individual time to get to know their new furry friend’s personality offers a better opportunity for them to bond — which will help them through any difficult issues in the future.
3. Adopt, Don’t Shop
Babies — human and other animals — are the cutest, but there are older animals that need love, too! There are many benefits to adopting instead of shopping for your next pet. Pets that are through the puppy and kitten stage might have already learned great potty habits, for instance. This can save some early frustrations that may come between pets and their owners. Without a loving home, some of these adoptable pets might not survive the holiday season, a sad reality for shelters around the country.
The holidays are already a hectic time and adding a new pet into the mix can make for a frustrating combination for new pet owners. Even with the best of intentions, it’s all too easy for the most well-meaning families to decide that pet ownership is too much for them. If you need support with your family pets or advice about your pet’s health, don’t hesitate to reach out to the friendly and knowledgeable team at Sunset Veterinarian Clinic at 405-844-2888.