Pets as Gifts for Christmas: How to do it Right

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If you want a pet for Christmas, or are thinking about giving a pet to someone as a present, you should consider a few things in the first.

 

If you want a pet for Christmas, or are thinking about giving a pet to someone as a present, you should consider a few things in the first.

 

The first thing to consider: does the recipient of this gift actually WANT a pet? If they don't, they might end up giving it away, abusing it, or even abandoning it. You don't want your gift's life to turn out like that, do you? Put some serious thought into getting a pet, and do research about what pets are like. You might even go to a friend's or family member's house to get a feel for what having a pet is like. They'd probably be glad to let you take care of the pet for a while!

 

The next thing: Don't just give a pet to someone, just because you think it would be "the perfect" gift! When I interviewed him, Veterinarian Eyal Sittenfeld from the Animal Emergency and Specialty Center told me this:"It shouldn't be something you wouldn't do any other time of year." He's right. If you were already thinking about getting a pet, or giving a pet to someone, and this is not linked to ANY special occasion (the holidays just happened to be there when you were ready to give your gift),then that's great! Just don't give a pet if you wouldn't outside of special occasions.

 

He also told me this:"I strongly recommend against surprising anyone." How would you feel if someone showed up with a pet for you that you weren't at all prepared to take care of? Okay, well, I know that, as a kid, that would be awesome, but if I had to take care of that animal (like the parents in the house would), I KNOW I would not be pleased. Dr. Sittenfeld told me that each pet costs about 1,000 dollars a year (this figure is more about dogs than cats), so be prepared to welcome the animal into your home.

 

If you do decide to bring a pet into your home, then make sure you have a safe place to keep them during the holidays BEFORE you bring them home. The holidays can be a very stressful time of year for pets, not to mention dangerous! Wrapping, ribbons, bows, and stringy objects can be dangerous if swallowed, there are chocolate, other types of candy, electrical cords, poinsettias, candles, and grapes. Also, cats like to climb Christmas trees (other trees, too, but Christmas trees have fun little things to bat around in them).If you're getting a puppy or dog, then make sure they have adequate shelter outside. In the winter animals can't stay out for long (in the summer, too, it can get hot out there).When adopting a pet, Michelle Ray of the Dumb Friends League says this:"Instead of giving a pet as a holiday gift, the Dumb Friends League encourages individuals to purchase a gift card that can be accompanied with a stuffed animal and pet supplies." This way, the person who receives the pet can pick the right animals for themselves, and meet them, too.

 

Brook Laguana of the Colorado Puppy Rescue (CPR) says that at CPR, they never adopt out to third parties (they have to see the to-be owner before they adopt the puppy out), and that whoever is adopting the puppy must be qualified for adoption. CPR has an adoption event on Christmas Eve. If you plan on going there to get a pet for Christmas, just remember to take all the precautions to keep you beloved puppy safe.

 

Remember:Make sure you are getting your pet for a good reason, and are thinking about everything this article just told you!