Moving to college is an opportunity to be more independent and learn more of what it’s like to live as an adult. One decision to consider is whether or not to adopt a pet. It is a big decision that you should not take lightly, especially because it doesn’t just involve you, but also an animal that’s completely reliant on you.
The first step above all else is to find out whether you can even have a pet. Some on campus residences allow pets, but they typically have a very specific list of what you can have. Off campus residences might allow pets as well, but they may also have a list of what specific types are allowed. If you have a roommate, in some cases, you may have to get written approval from that person in order to keep the pet in the same space.
If you have roommates, they could play a big factor on what types of pets you can have or if you can even have them at all. If you want a dog and a roommate is allergic, that eliminates that possibility. Before adopting any pet, speak to your roommates about any hindrances that could prevent you from bringing an animal into the home.
Even though there are thousands of people on campus, there are times when you are going to feel lonely. There will also be times when the only face you want to see is one that doesn’t belong to a human. Pets have a way of making you feel better even in your worst times and offering constant companionship.
You will be hard pressed to find a college student that hasn’t felt stressed at one point or another. A pet can cause stress as well as help eliminate it. Considering how big of a responsibility owning a pet can be, there are times when his care can cause you more stress than you expected, such as when you get a big vet bill. However, at the end of the day, you may find that having a pet can make you feel better because of the unconditional love.
A major issue with having a pet is cost. There are many people that don’t realize how much it takes to have a pet, even for food alone; they require many other items that people don’t factor in. Should the pet get sick, there is also a vet bill to consider. If you decide to adopt a pet, it can be advantageous to put aside a few dollars each week toward a fund for your pet in case an emergency should occur.
Having a pet means that you have to work around them, not the other way around. Pets typically need to be on a feeding schedule, sleep schedule and, depending on the pet, a bathroom schedule. Your classes and work schedule will typically not be the same time each semester, which means you have to find a way to make sure your pet still gets the attention he deserves while still staying on schedule.
The majority of pets need exercise, whether it’s a walk down the block, frolic in the park or some time in an exercise pen outside of his cage; it all depends on the type of pet you have. Chances are you will will have to spend at least a few minutes each day giving your pet some time out of his usual space. If you get a pet such as a dog, he can also cause you to exercise more as well due to the need for frequent walks.
There are many benefits to owning a pet; unfortunately there are other people and things to consider first. Spending time thinking about your decision can help save you aggravation as well as heartbreak.