Should You Get a Pet?

For many, university is the first time young people live away from home. This time is filled with adjustments and difficulties that come with adulthood. You might be new to Montreal or Canada, not used to the rigors of academia, and having trouble learning to cook and clean. Adjusting to a new city, a new school, and learning to take care of yourself is stressful. To cope with these strains, many people consider getting a pet during their time at university. However, caring for an animal can be stressful and difficult in conjunction with the demands of school. It can also be a wonderful experience that allows you to bond with and care for another being.

There are several things to consider before taking the jump into pet parenthood. First, whether your building allow pets, if your roommates are ok with animals, and whether you can afford (in time and money) to care for a pet that will be completely reliant on you. A pet brings with it many obligations. It is vital to carefully consider whether you are able to handle these responsibilities.

The needs of each type of pet will be different. Some, such as dogs, require a lot of care. They need walks, socialization, adequate nutrition, training, and regular brushing. Cats are also wonderful fluffy little companions, but they typically require less care. They are able to spend more time indoors, need less socialization, and can use litterboxes. Another option to consider are fish. They are more confined and often easier to take care of.

If you’re considering adopting an animal, you may want to try fostering before making the leap to become a pet owner. This will allow you to both help an animal in need and try out having a pet. It can be a rewarding experience, but remember to carefully consider whether this is right for you (and the animal) given your current life circumstances. Pets offer companionship and can be a wonderful addition to your home, but they can also be a source of stress.

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