Most homes keep animals like cats, dogs or birds for enjoyment and companionship. They become a part of our family and spend time playing with our kids. During weekend driving trips, our companion animals even have their own seats in the car. Deciding when to care for a companion animal is not an easy decision. It entails a lot of patience, and money, to assure that your companion animal gets the utmost care and nourishment it deserves. Here are some useful tips you can follow if you find that having a companion animal is suited for you.
- Decide on what kind of companion animal you want to have. Dogs are sweet creatures but will sometimes bite you in a non-aggressive manner when seeking attention. Cats on the other hand, are harder to please and less clingy compared to dogs but it doesn't mean that they don't need your loving care and attention. Knowing what kind of animal companion you want to have will help you prepare in your research about what to expect from taking care of a particular animal and what your obligations as their caregiver and companion are.
- Call local animal shelters to inquire on the adoption process. While you can easily just go to a pet store and buy your choice of companion animal, it will be more fulfilling to know that you helped save an innocent animal's life if you get it from a shelter. Make a call to each shelter center as each has its own adoption process. Be prepared to shelve out money as these shelters charge adoption fees. These will typically go to basic and regular veterinary care of your adopted companion animal. Some may also require house visits from volunteers to assure that the animal will be in good hands. This rigorous screening process is done to assure that these animals go to responsible owners.
- Prepare your home for the arrival of your new companion animal. Animal-proof your home. To avoid accidents of your companion animals, use plastic covers on outlets. Bare electrical cords should be secured with cord covers as well. Have chew toys for your companion animals so that they won't focus their ire on your helpless couch. Be sure your cupboards and other storage areas for food or household cleaning materials are securely locked.