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Be a good pet parent

Be a good pet parent

We’ve all had that moment of walking by a pet store or an adoption drive and felt the irresistible urge to adopt a puppy, kitten or rabbit. They’re so cute! And cuddly! But there are specific steps to take and things to thoroughly consider before taking on the responsibility of a pet:

–          Under no circumstances adopt a pet on a whim. You’ll end up hurting yourself, and even more so the little creature.

–          Make sure you have the financial stability to provide adequate care for a pet. Puppies, elderly or sick animals can run up hundreds of dollars in vet and care bills. Make sure you are able to cater to their medical stability and well-being.

–          Consider your lifestyle beforehand. If you work long hours and travel often, make sure you can afford a pet nanny or choose a low-maintenance pet, or simply forego having a pet until your daily routine allows for proper love and care.

–          Make sure your living arrangements are fit for pet ownership and the specific needs of the pet you desire. For example, big and/or active breeds don’t mesh with small studios. Cats also need room and exercise, so if you can’t provide that, hold off on adoption.

–          Make sure your apartment community is pet friendly. You’re only setting yourself up for heartbreak, animosity and possibly a bad rep with your property manager if you break the no pet policy. Check if your community has breed, weight and number restrictions on pets. Many places have. If you’re considering exotic pets, check specifically with your landlord, if they’re okay with tarantulas for example. Just to be on the safe side, check local and state legislation. Some animals are forbidden as pets in specific locations or in general. Don’t be that guy.

–          Be 100 percent sure you’re in this for life. An animal isn’t a toy or an accessory.

–          Pet proof your apartment. Make sure your pet can’t chew on wires, reach cleaning or beauty supply or have access to human food.

–          As soon as you bring your pet home, update your renters insurance with by adding Pet Damage Coverage, which offers you $500 in liability coverage in the event of pet damage to your apartment. We know it’s not only pumps and sneakers puppies like to chew on.

–          Train your pet from day one.

–          Religiously obey vaccination schedules. Spay and neuter as soon as possible.

–          Obey all local ordinances and follow your community’s pet guidelines, such as leash laws.

–          The American Veterinary medical Association recommends having a ready emergency/disaster kit on hand for your pet. This applies even if you don’t live in a disaster-prone area.

–          Express your love and care for your pet daily in a way that is perceivable to them. Renew and strengthen your bonds every day by spending quality time together.