Adding a pet to your home can be exciting, challenging, expensive, and yes, at times overwhelming. Every family or individual has a different reason for adding a pet to their family.
We add pets to our homes because we just love having them around, we live alone and want the companionship, we recently lost a beloved pet, or the classic reason, the animal showed up at your door with no chip or identification, and you fell in love.Most of the pets in my home, my parents’ home, my in-laws homes, pretty much my entire friends and family have been the latter. Two of my cats were strays, found at various places over the past 10 years.
A Personal Story
My third cat, Yogi, seemed to come with the house. Shortly after we moved in, a cat was at the back door, staring in at us. We really did not want another cat, so I called my mother to ask her what I should do, even though I knew her answer. “Feed him and try to find out if he belongs to anyone.” Well, we all know how that goes. Yogi got a name, a place to sleep, and food and water.
At first he slept in a bed on the porch, and we told ourselves that’s where he would stay. After about a month, we took him to the vet for shots and had him neutered. After he was neutered, my wife and I agreed he could stay in the house just to recover. Well, four years later, he is still with u, and lives a very happy, full life as a house cat. Our dog, Coleman, a Treeing Walker Coon Hound, was found in the woods while we were camping.
We knew he was really sick, and we took him to the emergency vet the next day. She told us he probably would not have lived another 24 hours. He weighed just 28 pounds when we found him. Coleman now weighs a healthy 66 pounds.
Finding A New Family Member
A very important place to secure a wonderful pet is the local animal shelters. The number of healthy, beautiful, loving animals euthanized every day is alarming and heartbreaking. There are several shelters in and around Horry County, that have great pets available.
If you are purchasing a specific breed, I recommend you go to the breeder’s home, look at the conditions of the parents and the home, and ask a lot of questions before you buy. There is probably a rescue, either local or online, for every breed of cat or dog you might be interested in adding to your home. I encourage you to consider adopting first.
The Right Fit
Prior to adding a pet of any kind to your home, think about your work and home schedules, vacations, children’s after school activities, and life in general. Do you have time to properly care for a pet? If not, do you have the resources to hire a pet sitter, or do you have outside help available?
A pet sitter can be a valuable tool in helping house train your pet, as well as providing much needed exercise throughout the day. If you decide to get a cat, and think “they don’t take much time.” Think again. Cats may be independent, but most cats, especially kittens, love to play and crave companionship. Cleaning a litter box may seem like a minor detail, but some cats will not use a dirty litter box. We all know they have to go somewhere!
Happy To Help
As a pet sitter, the pets I see live in homes where they are treasured family members. I enjoy spending time with every pet we care for. Pets add immeasurable value to our lives. They are totally dependent on us for almost everything, and they reward us with unconditional love.
However, no matter what kind of pet you have, they take time, money, patience, and sometimes a lot of work. But in the end, no matter what kind of pet you have, they are worth it!