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Giving Pets as Gifts

Giving Pets as Gifts


Giving a pet as a gift is fine, as long as proper preparations are made before the gift giving occasion. Buying a puppy or kitten for your own child is one thing, but never give a living creature to someone else’s child unless you’ve discussed it with the adult who will likely be caring for (and paying for) that new family member!


Owning a pet is a big commitment in time and money. Pets must have proper training in order to become acceptable members of the household. This applies particularly to puppies. Lack of proper training is one of the main reasons that pets are surrendered to animal shelters.


Puppies and kittens should visit the veterinarian every few weeks until they are about 6 months old. They should be spayed or neutered as well. These visits are necessary to maintain the proper health of the puppy or kitten, but can be costly. Sometimes the month after the holiday season is not the best time to be adding new expenses to the family budget.


If a puppy is in your family’s future, consider the purchase at the end of the school year as a reward for an academic job well done. Summer might be an easier time for all family members to devote the necessary time and energy to raising and training a new puppy.


If you are considering an exotic pet, make sure to do your homework. Exotic pets often have special nutritional or housing needs that you might be unaware of. Nutritional deficiencies can lead to serious health problems, so learning about your exotic pet’s natural diet is very important.



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