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Is a pet a suitable Christmas gift?

21 Dec 2010 Stuart Zullo 0 Comment

At this time of year a lot more pets are brought home to families than usual, to make a great gift for partners and loved ones. But while a new member of the family can make a wonderful Christmas gift, it is important to make sure that the recipient has a home and lifestyle that is appropriate for looking after an animal.  
 
I recently read on www.streetcorner.com.au that thousands of pets are abandoned after Christmas every year, most likely because they have been abandoned by families that don’t have the capabilities to care for them.
 
So while a pet may sound like the perfect gift for your loved one this Christmas, make sure that you first find out whether or not it is appropriate for them.
 
There are several things to consider before getting a pet. For instance, will their home be suitable to raise an animal in? If you are buying a pet for someone who lives in an apartment or small home then a dog is probably not a good idea. If you plan on giving a pet to someone who is renting you will also need to check with their landlord to make sure pets are allowed on the property.
 
You will also need to consider whether or not the pet recipient has the time and the money to raise a pet. Owners will need to spend time at home to raise kittens and puppies and they can be very expensive. Cats and dogs can live for 10-20 years and in that time they need food, amusement, vet care and they need to be registered and microchipped.
 
So while pets can make great gifts and put smiles on your loved ones faces this Christmas, it is so important to think about your responsibilities first and whether or not a different type of gift might be more appropriate.

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