What does it mean to be a responsible pet owner

Owning a pet is a hugely rewarding experience but it comes with responsibilities as well.

Deciding to take on a puppy or a kitten is a responsibility for at least 15 or more years, and one needs to be totally clear in making this decision because it is a commitment for that pet’s lifetime.

The first responsibility which has to be assumed is choosing the correct pet for your lifestyle. Clearly if you are live in a one bedroom flat and work from 7am till 19h00, a husky is not going to be the right mix for you, in fact, you may rather feel comfortable getting a goldfish who is not demanding, or maybe a cat who prefers to be alone to snooze 22 out of 24 hours a day!! However, if you live in a house with a garden, and you work from home, then maybe a husky is the right mix for you provided of course you have double fencing and 2m high walls since huskies are known to be escape artists. Then again, maybe a Labrador, or a great Africanis mix may be the right one for you!! So the point is: decide on what kind of lifestyle you have, how many hours a day you can devote to your pet, are you able to go for walks with your dog, or maybe a cat is better suited to you as you want a companion on your lap to watch tv with you, and you don’t see yourself going for walks etc!

So now you have recognised that owning a pet takes a commitment as well as a financial investment as well!! What’s next?

As a responsible pet owner, we need to not only make sure that our pets have access to clean water and to good healthy food, but it also means that we have to take responsibility for their health as well.

Sterilisation is a huge issue all over the world, and an unsterilized pet runs the risk of not only bringing more and more pets into the world but it means that your pet’s health is at risk each and every time that they have to bring puppies or kittens into the world.

Animal Welfare organisations throughout the world are faced with the results of an unsterilized pet on a daily basis, having to find homes for those unwanted puppies and kittens.

One also needs to recognise that preventative care is equally important, and by this one needs to make sure that the pet has annual vaccinations and that parasites are controlled as well with a quarterly worm tablet!!

Proper socialisation and training will also ensure that your vets bills are reduced as your pet will listen to your command and not just go dashing off, possibly getting run over, or into a dog fight!

Providing mental stimulation for your dog or cat is equally important. Not only does this stop your dog from endlessly destroying your furniture out of sheer boredom but it can create a tighter bond between you and your dog when you play together!!

Stay tuned for more pet related articles from your KAWS team!


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