9 Ways to Know That You Are Ready for a Pet

Feb 17, 2014

It doesn’t matter how practical or logical you are otherwise – as you walk past a pet store window, there will always be times when you will want to throw caution away and head in to take that cute little kitten with white paws home where you can let it know that it’s safe.

It’s easy to fall in love with a pet. As in any human relationship, though, love isn’t the same as being ready for responsibility or for long-term commitment. While most people are capable of such dedicated love, they may not be ready for it at all times. Before you commit to a loving relationship with a pet, you need to make sure that you are mentally prepared for it. How do you know this? You can ask yourself these questions.

1 Ask yourself why exactly you want a pet

A surprising number of people rushing into pet ownership neglect to ask themselves this simple question. The answer could be that you need the companionship or the exercise or simply that you love animals and it makes you happy to be close to one. These are good reasons. It would be a bad reason to jump headfirst into pet ownership because you feel sorry for the cute animal in the store window, though. This kind of sympathy tends to be fleeting.