Today, at almost every residence, we find a pet, which is literally the mascot of their homes. Various breeds of dogs, cats, parrots, hamsters, mice, fish can be found today in the pet market. It doesn’t end there, as people have a knack for keeping exotic pets such as reptiles (venomous snakes, boa constrictors, tortoises, alligators, monitor lizards, Iguanas), insects (scorpions, tarantulas, mantis) and amphibians (African Bullfrogs, Pixie frogs and Salamanders) too! Additionally, many different rare colors, variants, subspecies exist within every species.
Therefore, the task to find a pet is much more complicated than you think!
There are many phases to take into account in successfully finding, maintaining and keeping a pet as a member of your loved ones. They are Pet Feasibility, Find a Pet, Pet Maintenance, Pet Actualization. Let us look at them in brief:
· Pet Feasibility: This means determining if owning a pet is suitable for your home. It involves gauging various factors such as cost for keeping a pet, whether you can afford it when it comes to finance, accommodation space, do you have the skills, knowledge, and basic information necessary to care for it, and accumulation of all the crucial data that aids in the prediction of feasibility. Additionally, many laws exist in different states, countries about what pets are permitted and what are available or prohibited!
Usually, creatures that are native to this country aren’t permitted to be kept as pets and a few species are not permitted to be imported as they have the potential to become invasive. Ex. The Red Bellied Piranhas and Snakehead genus of fish are prohibited in the United States.
· Find a Pet: This phase involves finding the ideal pet for the ideal home. It’s a best-fit approach. Which type of pet would you like? Maybe you would prefer a playful dog, a cuddly kitten, a smart parrot, or perhaps an exotic reptile? Once the type is determined, then comes the color, subtype, sex and breed. Then there’s the question of if you want a juvenile or an adult (possibly from a Shelter, or lost and found). Here, we would like to strongly suggest that you adopt a pet from a lost and found institution or the SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals). These animals have no house, and being partially domesticated, they lack the survival skills of the wild. Adoption is not only the most humane thing to do but you cannot measure the quantity of love an adopted animal can give to you!
· Pet Maintenance: This is a most important phase, but sadly fails to receive much needed attention! It means giving your pet the respect, love and care it deserves. No living being wishes to be mistreated willingly. It involves acting responsibly, like cleaning that long overdue fish tank or washing and grooming Fido… or feeding your hungry python! Additionally, it involves fencing your yard so that your pet doesn’t wind up in the’lost and found’ section of the RSPCA.
These days, many GPS (Global Positioning System) chips or electronic tracker processors are installed in collars or within skins of pets in order to monitor their movements. Due to emerging technologies today, fewer and fewer pets are finding themselves in the lost and found departments.
· Pet Actualization: This means that your pet lives a self-actualized happy life. The pet finds a meaning to its presence. Any pet will prefer never to be lost instead of lost and found!