1. Expenses</STRONG><BR/>Owning a pet is a great way to bring joy into your home, but it doesn’t come cheap. So it’s a good idea to consider what kind of animal you can afford before bringing it into your home. <BR/><BR/>A cat or dog will cost you hundreds of dollars annually in food and veterinary care. Smaller animals, such as hamsters and gerbils, can have lower initial and ongoing costs. Even if you don’t think you’ll need to spend money on your new pet’s care weekly, keep in mind that unexpected things happen. If something goes wrong, such as your dog becoming ill or injured, you should be financially prepared to care for it.<BR/><BR/><STRONG>2. Commitment</STRONG> <BR/>When getting a pet, you’re not just making a new friend. You’re also taking on the responsibility for them.<BR/><BR/>Before getting one, think about how much time you have to take care of your new pet and whether you’ll be able to live up to that level of commitment. Large animals may require walks and exercise daily, while small ones like fish and guinea pigs may require less time and attention. You should be committed to playing, looking after its needs, and ensuring it is loved and well-fed, so it is critical to research these responsibilities before adopting.<BR/><BR/><STRONG>3. The People at Home</STRONG><BR/>Just because you’re prepared to care for a certain animal doesn’t mean everyone else in the house is. Before becoming a pet parent, ensure your partner and children are just as into the idea as you are.<BR/><BR/>Getting everyone on board with a new pet can be tough, especially if they’re not used to having animals around. Even if you have only one or two people in your family, you’re adopting a pet for everyone. Talk to your family members and discuss how involved (or not) they want to be in your pet’s life and how much they’re willing to help you raise it.