As of 2016, the total number of pets in Singapore is estimated to be 824,600. Cute and cuddly, the increase in demand for pets is unsurprising. While some working professionals see pets as great companionship, families are looking to pets as playmates for their children.
Having a pet is fun, but it also requires hard work and a lifetime commitment. Before you start scouring pet shops for a furry companion, below are some factors to consider.Commitment
Owning a pet calls for careful thought. Besides allocating time for your furkid, other everyday responsibilities such as feeding, grooming and vet visits should also be taken account of. If you are unsure about getting a pet, we recommend pet-sitting for a friend, to gain some first-hand insights to pet ownership before making the decision.Lifestyle suitability
Is your accommodation adequately spacious? Are you often away for work?
A larger breed of dog will inevitably require a larger space to roam around in, while dogs and cats, as compared to rabbits and chinchillas, will require more attention.
Do also bear in mind that cats are prohibited in HDB apartments – you wouldn’t want to go about breaking the law now, would you?Allergy concerns
Are you allergic to certain pets?
Cat allergies are quite common and no matter how much you adore them, it would be wise to stay away. If you have asthma or other breathing complications, it is advisable to avoid getting large dogs.Cost
Besides the actual cost of your pet, one will have to factor in other costs such as food, grooming sessions and visits to the vet. Remember, the larger your dog, the more it consumes. Therefore, it will be wise to weigh your finances before getting a pet.
Pets are excellent companions, but choosing the right pet calls for more than just looking through pet shops directories . So do consider the factors above before making your decision to become a pet owner!