Today, at virtually every home, we find a pet, which is literally the mascot of their houses. Various breeds of dogs, cats, parrots, hamsters, mice, fish are available now in the pet market. Also, many different rare colours, versions, subspecies exist within every species.
Consequently, the task to discover a pet is far more complex than you think!
There are many phases to take into account in successfully finding, maintaining and keeping a pet as a member of your family. They’re Pet Feasibility, Find a Pet, Pet Maintenance, Pet Actualization. Let us look at them in short:
· Pet Feasibility: It means determining if owning a pet is suitable for your dwelling. It involves gauging various factors like cost for maintaining a pet, whether you can afford it when it comes to finance, accommodation space, do you possess the skills, knowledge, and basic information required to take care of it, and accumulation of all of the crucial data that aids in the prediction of feasibility. Additionally, many laws exist in various states, countries about what pets are allowed and what are available or prohibited!
Usually, animals that are native to this country aren’t permitted to be kept as pets and some species are not permitted to be imported as they have the potential to become invasive. Ex. The Red Bellied Piranhas and Snakehead genus of fish are banned in the United States.
· Find a Pet: This stage involves finding the right pet for the ideal home. It’s a best-fit approach. Which type of pet do you want? Maybe you would like a lively dog, a cuddly kitten, a smart parrot, or perhaps an exotic reptile? When the type is determined, then comes the colour, subtype, sex and strain. Then there’s the question of if you desire a juvenile or an adult (maybe from a Shelter, or lost and found). These animals have no house, and being partly domesticated, they lack the survival skills of the wild. Adoption is not just the most humane thing to do but you can’t measure the amount of love an adopted animal can give to you!
· Pet Maintenance: This is a most important phase, but unfortunately fails to get much needed attention! No living being wishes to be abused voluntarily. It involves acting responsibly, like cleaning that long overdue fish tank or dressing and washing Fido… or feeding your hungry python! Also, it involves fencing your yard so that your pet doesn’t end up in the’lost and found’ department of the RSPCA.
These days, many GPS (Global Positioning System) chips or digital tracker chips are installed in collars or within skins of pets so as to monitor their movements.
· Pet Actualization: This means that your pet lives a self-actualized happy life. Any pet will prefer to never be lost rather than lost and found!