|Pets: Pet Responsibilities
Even though having a pet can totally rock, it's a big responsibility. More than big-it's GIGANTIC, actually. Having a pet means the life and well-being of another living thing is in our hands.
Of course, the biggest responsibility of all is LOVE. Our pets plan to love us forever, and the least we can do is return the favor. No matter how much we grow, change, or get really busy with stuff, we need to keep a place open in our heart for the animals who depend on us.
But on top of that, caring for our animal pals can take a lot of time, money, and energy. You have to be committed, willing to work hard, and possibly make some compromises or sacrifices in order to be a good pet guardian. It's not easy! There are so many things to consider when you're a pet owner, such as:
Your pet's life span
How much time do you have?
Dogs need to be walked and exercised regularly, fed twice a day, groomed, and given plenty of attention. They may also need to be trained or taken to obedience classes. Cats require less time, but still need to be fed, groomed, and given plenty of love and play time. Birds, rodents, fish, and turtles require even less time, but you still need to schedule feedings and cleaning cages or tanks.
Think about your daily schedule and these questions:
How much is that doggy in the window?
All of these things can be expensive, and the more high-maintenance your pet is, the higher these costs are likely to be.
Here's what IML'ers had to say about the responsibility of having a pet:
Lillian, 13, has a Scottish Terrier that she feeds every day. She also makes sure he's safe from poisonous items that could make him sick or small objects that he might choke on. Jessica, 13, says that along with food, water and cleaning, pets need a lot of love and attention-just like people.
And Cheyenne, 11, says it's also important that her two guinea pigs, one cat, and one dog are taken to the vet for regular check-ups.