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Why You Shouldn’t Give a Pet as a Gift

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While pets are endearing, it’s not always a good idea to gift someone a pet.  Pets are like babies. They come with a whole bunch of emotional as well as financial responsibilities, which not everyone can bear. Here are a few reasons why you shouldn’t give a pet as a gift.

The Financial Responsibilities

Whether you gift someone a dog or any other pet, a pet is always a huge financial responsibility. If the recipient of your gift does not have the means to deal with this responsibility, the gift ends up being nothing but a nuisance.

There are so many things to think about as a pet owner. Taking the pet for regular vet visits and to get vaccinated, dental care, grooming, toys, food, etc. This is not to mention a place in your home where the pet will stay and sleep.

Before gifting a pet to anyone, ask yourself if that person has the means necessary to provide for the animal. If not, it’s probably best to let go of the idea altogether.

The Time Investment

Keeping a pet isn’t only about the money. Caring for a pet requires a whole lot of time and effort as well. If you are gifting the pet to someone who you know is always busy with work-related or other commitments and will not be able to take too much time out for the pet, it’s probably not the best idea to gift a pet to that person.

In fact, a lot of pets end up developing behavioral problems if they are neglected by their owners, and a number of them even end up in dog shelters because their owners couldn’t take out time for them.

This is far from ideal, which is why you should only gift a pet to someone who you know has the time required to care for them properly.

The Person May Not Want a Pet

You may have the best of intentions when gifting a pet to someone; however, it’s possible that the person you are gifting a pet to does not want a pet at all. It’s also possible that they may not want the animal you’re gifting them.

If the recipient doesn’t love the animal, they might mistreat it or neglect it because they didn’t want that pet to begin with.

Tempting as it may seem, these are some reasons why you shouldn’t give a pet as a gift unless you are absolutely sure that it is the right decision.

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