I know, they are so cute, so adorable, and you really want to make someone smile.
Just please rethink it.
Unless you are a parent and have given much thought to the idea, do not give a pet as a gift for the holidays.
Pet ownership comes with great responsibility.
Everyone needs time to think of specific things before having a pet come into their lives.
Let’s Discuss Gifting A Pet For The Holidays:
So you want to make their eyes light up with joy.
You know they love animals,
They may have even talked about getting a pet a time or two.
Sometimes we want things we are simply not ready for.
It’s perfectly okay to wish for something but when it comes to pets, timing is everything.
Things To Consider When Gifting A Pet For The Holidays:
Pets Cost Money
From vet visits to healthy pet food, grooming, boarding if you need to go out of town are literally only a few pet-related expenses.
Pets Need Time and Attention
Not all of us have the time that pets deserve. College students, shift workers, people who work a lot of overtime just may not have the time a new pet needs. Granted everyone is in different places in their lives but please consider the person you are gifting to. A younger person may be too on the go to handle the responsibilities of pet ownership. They would need the right breed of pet that likes to be on the go too.
This brings me to my next point…
The Right Pet For The Right Person
Getting a new pet is a big deal! Personally, I would prefer to select my own pet. Animals have distinct personalities. Different breeds behave differently and may or may not be perfect for your human. When selecting a pet you want to really consider the type of lifestyle you lead. It is much easier to select the right pet for yourself versus someone else.
The Trill And Feel Of The Holidays
Of course, receiving a pet on the holidays can be romantic, or joyful but will that feeling last? A pet is a long-term commitment. A pet should never be considered disposable. This includes gifting bunnies or chicks around Easter. Once the novelty wears off where does that leave the pet? Never gift a pet for your own self-gratification or to score brownie points. It’s unfair to the animal.
When Gifting A Pet For The Holidays Is A Good Idea:
When You Are Taking Accountability
If you are a parent, or significant other, and will be sharing responsibility for the pet then go for it! As long as you are willing to pick up any caregiving slack as needed then you are sharing in the responsibility. That’s great! It’s one thing to want to make someone happy but will they really be happy when you cut and run? They may dearly love animals and deeply desire a pet but there may be a reason they have not got one for themselves yet.
When You Truly Know The Receiver
If you have known and discussed pets with the receiver for a good while. You know what they want and need in a pet. When you are close enough to the person to understand their lifestyle, habits, and schedule, then it may be okay to gift a pet. If you are keeping their wants and needs in mind and truly have an understanding of their situation.
When The Receiver Is Financially Stable
I can not say enough that pets can dig deep into your pockets. While I would rather a pet has a loving home with little money to spare, it’s a sad fact that vet bills can spring out of nowhere. I hate seeing pets in the shelter but I also know that if you can barely make rent, getting a pet is not a great idea. Just wait until you are in a better financial place in life and go for it. There is nothing worse than having a pet with a broken leg and an owner with no money. It’s a simple but expensive fix yet having them put down is unfortunately far less expensive. I hate to see anyone face this sad dilemma. It would be even worse to put another person in this predicament.
When Gifting A Pet For The Holidays Keep In Mind:
There are many things that go into selecting a pet for oneself. Selecting a pet for someone else should never be done selfishly.
It also should never be done with all good intentions without being prepared for shock rather than surprise.
The holidays are busy, sometimes erratic times for us humans.
Often we have to travel during the holidays.
Sometimes we are leaving our homes to visit family at their homes.
Where will this new disoriented pet be while they are away?
In my opinion, the holidays are never a good time to get a new pet, let alone be gifted one.
I know this sounds a bit preachy but I truly love animals.
I want both animals and new owners to have a true connection.
They deserve time to get used to each other and bond.
If you are considering gifting a pet for the holidays, please think it through.
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