Saturday, December 22, 2007

Do pets make good gifts?

Do cats make good pets?

Not always.

If you're thinking about giving someone a pet for the holidays, I challenge you to take the following into consideration.

1. Does the recipient actually want a pet? - You might think a kitten or a cat is a great pet to give a loved one, but if your loved one hasn't expressed an interest in having one, a pet may not be a good hift for him or her.

2. Can the recipient take care of the pet? - Does the person you plan to give the pet to have the means to take care of a cat? Will the recipient be able to feed, groom, and take the cat to the vet for regular check-ups and medical appointments?

3. Cat supplies - If the person you plan to give the cat to doesn't have the necessary supplies he or she needs to care for a cat, you may want to inform your loved one ahead of time about the gift. This way, you and your loved one can talk about getting the things the kitty will need - such as food and water bowls, litter box, collar and leash, and toys - before you bring the cat into the home.

Talking with your loved one seriously about getting a cat before you give him or her one may be the best way to ensure the recipient will be prepared and excited about receiving a cat as a gift.

Too often pets are returned to shelters or given away as a result of poor planning when given as pets. Please take these things into consideration when deciding whether or not to give someone you love a pet for the Holidays.

1 comment:

  1. We wish all of you the very Merriest Christmas and the Happiest New Year ever!

    Lots of Love & Purrrrrs,
    & all of us at Artsy Catsy