Ok well after quite a while of no posts due to being very busy with graduating and being active trying to find a job in the job market along with many other things I have finally found time to start this blog up again! Stay tuned for regular posts! Yay!
(first would like to apologize for not posting in the last month, I had a lot of stuff going on)
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The one thing that I feel is a must when getting a new pet is preparation. More often than not the pets at pet stores get bought on impulse.
Here is a story I wish to share with you regarding impulse pets, as I call them. One of my old coworkers from Petco recently found a pair of green anole lizards trapped in an empty pop bottle in the Petco bathroom. These lizards werespeculated to have been bought at Petco just a few weeks earlier and had been abandoned, rather crudely, in the bathroom as if they were nothing more than trash. My coworker guessed that the lizards were abandoned due to the cost of their housing, which includes an $80 light bulb as well as numerous other items. The lizards themselves sell for a mere $7 at Petco.
Most impulse pets are those cute, cuddly, often cheaper pets normally found in a local pet store such as a guinea pig, hamster, or lizard. These pets end up being emotional purchases that usually end in the abandonment of the animal.Â However, dogs and other pets can also fall into this impulse pet category as well and suffer the same fate associated with disinterest and lack of knowledge about the pet.
By purchasing a pet by impulse you may not know what exactly you are getting into with care expenses such vet bills (which are often more expensive for smaller exotic pets).
For instance an aquatic turtle usually sells for $20 in any given pet store but the setup and care expense can at times run higher than $400 when all is said and done and thatâ€™s not even including vet visits for annual checkups or sickness.
Another issue when buying a pet on impulse is that current pets are not compatible with the new one. For example ferret owners should deter from adding a hedgehog or small rodent to their family.
These pets that are bought on impulse usually end up in shelters, for sale ads, rescues, or abandoned because their owners did not do their research on the pet, become frustrated with its care, or become bored with it.
These are just some reasons to stay away from impulse pet purchases.
I always suggest that people try to talk to a friend with a similar animal, or visit their local pet stores or shelters to try to get more accustomed with the animal. It is also very good to do research via the internet or library on the specific type of pet you are considering before actually going and purchasing that pet.
When you decide on which pet is right for you and have covered all the bases and know the costs associated with the animal then I would say go ahead and pick one out but keep in mind that a pet purchase should be committed purchase to give that pet a stable and lifelong home so itâ€™s always better to understand what you are getting into.