Should we or should we not get a pet? To Have or Not to Have a Pet, that my friends is the question..
I’m sure this is a decision that is not taken lightly by anyone. With another move on the horizon I am looking for our next home and one of the boxes I’m opting in on is the option to allow pets. We still aren’t 100% if we will indulge the kids and get a pet, you would think it would be a simple, yes or no answer. I know when we didn’t have children, (before we had a family) I didn’t think twice or even bother to mention it to the hubs, that I was adopting another pet! But now.. it’s definitely a question that has to be brought up and has to be seriously considered. Here are my concerns for having a pet:
Concerns for a dog:
- Potty Training a dog.. Ain’t nobody got time for that.. But you know who (all signs point to me) would be doing this. I’m having a hard enough time with E..
- Vet appointments. Again.. something I would have to deal with..
- Let’s go out of town! What about Fido? To board or not to board the pupper..
- Day trip or gone for more than a couple days? Can the dog come with us?
- What breed would be best for a family of four? (I’m kind of a nerd when it comes to animals. I love to research them.. anything else.. meh!)
- How big of a dog are we talking about? Can’t be too large so he/she will fit in the car..
- With the boys being in school will the dog be lonely not having anyone to play with during the day? I’ve got to work too..
If we leave the dog outside we will need to make sure he/she has good shelter and always fed and watered. But since we would have a smaller dog, it would most likely be inside. I don’t have too many concerns per say, but those are definitely worth considering when adopting an dog.
Concerns for a cat:
- Who’s going to clean out the litter box?
- Male or Female? The breed is not really important, just as long as it is sweet to us 🙂
- Are you going to invest in a self cleaning box?
- Would we de-claw the cat? -Spaying or neutering would automatically happen if we decide to adopt from the humane society (we normally do). I’ve never had a cat de-clawed btw..
We don’t really need to consider boarding the cat unless we are going to be gone for more than a day. I like to think we can take the cat with us if we are going to visit family and I can always have a friend come check on the cat if we are going to be gone longer than a couple days. The good thing about a cat is that they can hang out and not get outta control like a dog does. Watch me say that now, and end up with the cat from hell.. or this sweet baby kitty!
I love going to my parent’s house.. there’s always a kitten or a sweet dachshund to love on.
The question remains. Will we get a pet at our next home? I don’t think we will be able to answer that until we get there. The idea of lugging an animal across the south does not sound appealing to me and neither does having to turn a place down if they don’t accept a certain pet. I’ve seen more “No Cats Allowed” than I have no dogs in rentals. I understand it’s because the cat’s urine stains. smells bad , and doesn’t wash off easily either. But if there’s one thing I can’t stand is having a home smell like it’s animal inhabitants.. Not in my house! Sorry I just had to add this GIF!! LOL
The pet debate will continue until after we get settled.. stay tuned!
What are your top concerns when it comes to a dog or a cat? I look forward to yours so I can add to mine!