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Is A Small Pet In Your Future - Critters USA

Consider these 10 key points before purchasing a pet or adding another one to your family.

By Gerry Bucsis & Barbara Somerville

Is A Small Pet In Your Future?When you’re browsing in a pet store, it’s very easy to fall head-over-heels for a cute and cuddly bundle of fur. Many people can’t resist the temptation – they immediately whip out their wallets and buy a pet on impulse. But please, please don’t fall into this trap. Keep a level head, put your wallet away and go home to think things through. Pet ownership is a huge commitment. After all, this is a living, breathing being you’re bringing into your house, not a new television set. Consider the following 10 important points.

1. Lifestyle
Take a good look at your lifestyle. Do you have enough time in your day to give a pet the care it needs and deserves? If you work eight hours a day and have a two-hour commute, will you have quality time left over for a pet? Or will you be too tired when you get home to play with it? And when you get home after a busy day, will you feel like cleaning cages or tanks, or scooping out litter boxes?

If you’re in school, you might think you have loads of time for a pet. But when you factor in your hours in class and add the hours spent on after-school activities, sports, friends, Facebook, and homework, how much time do you really have for a pet?

**For the full article, pick up the 2009 issue of Critters USA or click here to buy the issue.**


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