Why Pets Do NOT Make Good Gifts!

Why you should not buy or adopt a pet for the holidays!

Lets face it, there are way too many animals out there in need of a home and not nearly enough people willing to take on the responsibility of having one let alone two or three.  Yet, many people choose to get a pet over the holidays as a gift for a loved one.  In this article I am going to tell you why pets don’t make good presents!

Pets require constant care and are not something you can just leave behind should you decide to go away for a few days.  Many people don’t consider that when purchasing or adopting a pet.  If you are really serious about getting a new pet you should make sure you have a kennel, pet sitter, or family member who can care for your pet while you are away.  In recent months I have actually done a little pet sitting of my own as I have found people that needed someone last minute and I was available, this is really something that should have been planned before they got the pets though.

Another thing about pets is that they can get quite costly.  Whether you are getting the pet as a family present or for someone who lives out of your home you should consider that over time the owner will have to spend thousands caring for that pet.  I’m talking about food, chew toys, shots, flea and tick prevention, and vet bills should the pet get sick.  

Many people think that puppies and kittens and even bunnies (during Easter time) make great presents but it isn’t always the case.  Many times a pet is purchased or adopted over the holidays and end up in a shelter just a few months later as people realize they do not have the time or money to take care of it.  Getting a pet should be a lifelong commitment and not a rash decision.  

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  1. Redfiery

    On November 18, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    I agree with your points here Melanie, unfortunately a lot of people do not realise . well written article. I never liked keeping pets in my house.

  2. vickylass

    On November 19, 2011 at 11:51 am

    I strongly disagree on the trend of giving a puppie as a Christmas present. Then, in august, the puppie has grown up. They want to go on holidays and they don want to take it with them or pay for a place and theyabandone it in the streets. It’s disgusting! Good article. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Kate Huver

    On December 18, 2011 at 1:36 am

    Oh, how i would love to find a purring little kitten in my stocking for Christmas or a pony in the yard with a big ribbon on it… oh, but, then I come to my senses and realize you are right.

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