When I was a kid, I could think of no greater Christmas present than a pet. It could be any pet, a dog, cat, bird, guinea pig, fish, or hamster, didn’t matter to me. My parents on the other hand did not think giving pets as Christmas gifts was a good idea. I had a lot of disappointing Christmases when under the tree was a stuffed lion rather than a fuzzy puppy.
Many families love the idea of surprising their children or spouse on Christmas with a cute little puppy or kitten. Oh the faces full of love and the little pup running around licking everyone or the kitten chasing after all the Christmas ribbons. The new addition brings such excitement and joy. It’s hard to resist.
That excitement quickly ends with the festivities and that cute little furry family member becomes a nuisance rather than a loving companion, often ending in the shelter a few months after the holiday.
Most times people who get pets or give pets for Christmas are caught up in the moment. There is not enough thought beforehand of what is required to properly care for the pet. They love the idea of the surprise and who doesn’t think a pup or kitten wrapped up in a bow under the tree isn’t the most adorable sight?
Pets require a lot of time. They need to fit in with your lifestyle. Not only do they need food, water, and training, they need your attention. They want to be with you.
If you are considering a pet for Christmas, ask yourself these questions?
- Why do I want a pet?
- Do I have time for a pet?
- Can I afford the food and veterinary bills to care for a pet?
- Who will take care of the pet?
- What will I do with the pet when I want to go away?
- Do I plan on keeping this pet for life?
If for any reason you cannot be committed to properly caring for and keeping a pet for its lifetime, please do not get one. Too many pets end up in the shelter especially after Christmas. A pet should be a family member for life.
Have you ever gotten or given a pet as a Christmas present?