No, i am not telling you to go take out a second mortgage and buy a Beverly hills mansion for your pet, but if you plan to acquire a pet, you must first ensure that you yourself is properly sheltered and in return, your pet will also have somewhere to shelter. By providing shelter for your pet you are directly ensuring the safety of the animal. Shelter will provide safety from unscrupulous individuals who kidnap certain pets for resale, food or fight. It will provide security from the environmental conditions, whether it be rain, dust, snow or storm. When you give the animal a good home, it lets your pet feel a sense of belonging to someone, somewhere, it is not a wanderer. For those pet owners who have the opportunity to provide a safe home for their pets, they also will then provide a home within their home for the animal. This is seen with owners either building or buying dog and cat houses.
Every animal needs to feed, and as a pet owner you are obligated to providing your pet with nutritious foods needed to keep the animal strong and healthy. It is quite simple, you acquire a pet, then you find out immediately what is the recommended food type for the animal, then you go out and buy the best foods that you can afford. Remember that having a pet is just like feeding a growing child. They will eat a lot.
You must ensure that your pet keeps fit and healthy. How do you do this? Well the first thing you should put in your journal is to ensure that the animal gets its regular vet visits. The vet will determine any needs of the animal. Then you must ensure that you practice Proactive Health Care. This Proactive Health Care is simply providing natural healthy solutions for your pet that will help to boost the animals immune system. This can deter diseases and other infections. Then you need to provide the animal with healthy foods, foods that are natural and helps to build strong bones and teeth. Then last but not least, you must ensure the animal gets enough exercise as required. Some pets are very active and that activity is coded in their DNA. They need to run, walk, jump, they need to keep active. Keeping a pet exercised helps in its blood circulation and lungs and heart development. It also prevents the animal from storing too much fat.
So why would you go get a pet if you did not plan to love it. Love simply doesn't mean providing all the solutions above. It means showing the animal a type of care and interest that is in par to any human. It means to never reject nor neglect the animal in your care. Loving the animal means to never abuse the animal in any way. Once you are doing all these things, even if you can't provide a vet visit as often as you would like, the pet will sense that natural love and a bond will exist between you and your pet that is unbreakable.
There must be time for enjoyment with you and your pet. Even if you can't participate in a game of catch the toy mouse or catch the Frisbee, you can certainly provide good toys for the animal which it may appreciate. Sometimes this toy acquiring is a trial and error thing. But the mistake that many pet owners make when buying toys is that they buy toys because "they" think it is cute and adorable. Your pet is not looking for cute and adorable, it is looking for fun and excitement. When you go out to buy your pet a toy, you need to see through the eyes of the animal and imagine yourself as your pet, then ask the questions. What is my pet like? Will he/she appreciate this? Will this toy keep the animal active? Then make your decision on which toy is best to buy.
I have been a pet owner for over 15 years. I have had cats, dogs, birds and fish. No matter what type of animal that you keep as a pet, they all deserve the same type of attention and care your would give yourself or a family member. They pets never asked to come to us, we took them home. It is our sole responsibility to ensure that at the end of the day, the animal gets the right treatment it deserves.