Pets bring so much joy to the world around us. When you have babies, you’ll find that simple things like watching a puppy wag its tail or fish swimming around in a tank filled with water can truly captivate babies and toddlers alike. Have you considered getting a pet that can grow with your precious little one?
Here are a few things to keep in mind as you decide whether a pet is a good fit for your family and how to budget to accommodate another mouth to feed for your family.
1) Are there any allergies in your household to consider? Some people are allergic to certain pets. Allergies and/or asthma can cause a whole host of problems and unexpected expenses, not to mention misery and loss of sleep. Make sure if you do get a pet that it is one that won’t cause allergy or asthma attacks for your loved ones.
2) Will the pet in question need a place to play and do you have one? Cats do not need to run in wide outdoors but dogs do need a little time to play outside each day (rain or shine). Do you have the right type of yard for a puppy or are you willing to take the time to go on daily walks to give your puppy that precious time outdoors? The good news is that babies often enjoy a little fun in the sun too so you can often walk both of them together.
3) Pets need medical attention to. Medical attention for pets can be costly without pet insurance to help you keep those costs down. Are you willing to make the investment in your pet’s health? Is it an expense your family can afford?
Do you have one type of pet you prefer over others? Answer these questions and you may be well on your way to finding a life-long friend.