Are Pets Worth The Money?

Plenty of people today have pets – they can range from fluffy and furry to scaly and slimy. As most pet owners could tell you though, it certainly costs money to own an animal. Naturally, the major question on the minds of so many is, “Are pets worth the money?” Here’s what you should know.

Love from Pets
Hopefully, you believe that love is worth more than money. If so, you’re going to get so much of that from your vet. Both dogs and cats alike might cuddle up with you and give you kisses throughout the day, and you’ll be able to see all of your animals happy when you feed them and give them attention. In this sense, the love that animals provide is worth so much more than the money that you spend on them. You are sure to find a host of pet owners who agree.

Saving a Life
In today’s world, all too many people are cruel to animals, and way too many pets are sitting in shelters or waiting on death row. For many, putting in the money to save a life is certainly worth it. Even if you don’t have tons of money left at the end of the month, you can have the satisfaction of knowing that you saved the life of an animal who might have been put down or otherwise left to the elements.

Creating a Budget
One of the ways to prove to yourself that having a pet is worth the money is to make a budget. You might find that you spend $300 per month on fancy dinners. If you take that $300 per month and put it toward pet food and medical expenses, you would almost certainly have enough money to care for most pets! Think about it like this: Are your fancy dinners worth more than bringing a lovable critter into your home will just absolutely adore you? Most people will choose love and affection over the steak and the caviar.

You also have to remember that you are not always alone in pet-caretaking endeavors. For example, you could look into pet insurance to make things easier for yourself. Paying a monthly fee will help you out if any serious medical problems befall your pet, and you won’t have to worry about shelling out all of these funds at one time. You should also look into support from rescue groups if you are fostering. In many cases, if you are offering to foster an animal from a rescue group, that group will provide some or all of the necessary supplies and medical attention that the pet needs. Always be sure to ask before you just assume either way.

As you can see, having a pet can certainly be worth the money. However, you need to be ready and willing to take on the commitment. If you aren’t, then it really isn’t fair to the animal at all. Be proactive in your search and read information on how many pets truly need loving and caring homes. If you do feel inclined to help out animals but don’t necessarily have the time or money to take on the financial commitment, there is likely an animal shelter somewhere in your area that you could volunteer at (and you could definitely have some cuddly, fun experiences while you’re there)! Never hesitate to get involved when it comes to furry friends.

Brad Gaines writes about all things related to animals – especially pets. His recent work is about the Best Masters Programs in animal science.

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