Pets as Presents: How to Avoid an Unpleasant Surprise

Christmas puppyWhen people elect to give pets as presents, their intentions are often good. After all, what’s better and more exciting than a new puppy or kitten waiting under the Christmas tree?

Sadly, this trend can backfire, creating unwanted stress for the new owner and, even worse, can create a risky situation for the pet.

Is the Recipient Really Ready?

While your Aunt Cecile may be responsible enough for a new cat, is she really ready for the commitment? Likewise, a young child (and sometimes even a reluctant teen) should not be relied on to fulfill all the daily care needs of a new pet.

It’s safe to say that if your child is younger than 12 years old, you will need to assume the responsibility of pet care or assign daily chores to an older member of the family. In this case, are YOU ready?