Bringing a new pet home is exciting. You’ve got a new puppy or kitten in the home, and you’re going to give your pet the most fun life they could dream of! Of course, there are some challenges you’ll face along the way, but your family is happy and you’re looking forward to raising your new member.
And while that’s a lovely effect of having a new pet in the household, it can often miss out on the reality. It’s important to know exactly what that cute ball of fur might put you through, so we’ve listed below what people tend not to tell you before adopting!
Training a Pet Can Be Incredibly Hard
Training is something we all do our own way. Maybe you’re a fan of treats, maybe your partner prefers toys, and maybe you’ve got a cousin who does clicker training. However, and while all of these methods are effective in their own ways, you won’t quite understand how frustrating pet training can be until you have to do it yourself!
Pets are easily distracted, as well as easily bored when they’re young, and it can take an age for a puppy to even pick up how to sit. This is especially true if more than one person is training them; they’ve got multiple people to pay attention to, which can complicate methods, and you might upset your loved ones if you ask them to take a backseat.
Your Pet Can, and Will, Get into Trouble
Sometimes your pet will tear through one of your favorite shoes, or poop somewhere they’re not meant to, and they might keep you awake all night for the first few weeks or months they’re adjusting to their new home. As such, you might find yourself getting a little frustrated with your pet, and your usual routine might get entirely disrupted.
Indeed, you may even need to perform first aid for your pet from time to time. It’s easy for a new puppy or kitten to simply wolf down everything they can fit into their mouth and choke as a result; you can learn more here about becoming able to perform the Heimlich manoeuvre on your furry friend. Of course, you shouldn’t worry about it now, but keep in mind that it could one day be a problem!
Vet Bills Can Be Astronomical
Last but not least, we all know that owning a pet can be expensive, but once again, it’s hard to understand just how pricey! Vet bills can be astronomical for even the simplest of things (like a quick claw clipping), and having insurance to back you up in case of an operation is one of the best ways to keep your budget in check. There may even be a savings club you can sign up to; ask your vet for more details on something like this.
Got a new pet in the house? Make sure you’re aware of how difficult life with them can be.