Today, at virtually every residence, we find a pet, which is literally the mascot of their houses. Different breeds of cats, dogs, parrots, hamsters, mice, fish are available now in the pet trade. It does not 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) also! Additionally, many different rare colors, variants, subspecies exist within each species.
Consequently, the task to find a pet is much more complex than you think!
There are many phases to consider 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 short:
· Pet Feasibility: This means determining if owning a pet is right for your dwelling. It involves gauging a variety of 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, states about what pets are allowed and what are prohibited and/or available!
Generally, creatures that are native to this country aren’t permitted to be kept as pets and some species aren’t allowed to be imported as they have the potential to become invasive. Ex. The Red Bellied Piranhas and Snakehead genus of fish are banned in the United States.
· Find a Pet: This stage involves finding the right pet for the ideal home. It’s a best-fit approach. Which type of pet do you want? Perhaps you would like a lively dog, a cuddly kitten, an intelligent parrot, or maybe an exotic reptile? Once the type is determined, then comes the colour, subtype, sex and strain. Then there’s the question of if you want a juvenile or an adult (maybe from a Shelter, or lost and found). These animals have no house, and being partly domesticated, they lack the survival skills of the wild. Adoption is not just 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 stage, but unfortunately fails to get much needed attention! No living being wishes to be abused voluntarily. It involves acting sensibly, 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 inside skins of pets in order to track their movements.
· Pet Actualization: This means your pet lives a self-actualized happy life. Any pet will prefer to never be lost rather than lost and found!