What To Consider Before Getting a Pet in Your 20s

What To Consider Before Getting a Pet in Your 20s
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    A person’s college years are some of the most transformative in their lives.

    Not only are they learning more about themselves, but they’re learning about how to take on more responsibilities as well.


That’s why getting a pet might not always be the best idea during this time. It adds a much larger obligation to the table and one they need to take care of constantly. That doesn’t mean the person can’t rise to the challenge, but they need to think it out first, which is why we’ve put together a list of what to consider before getting a pet in your 20s.

That way, you can know that you’re ready.

Will They Fit Within Your Budget?

Even though it’s a bit of a stereotype, the “poor college kid” concept is one that you need to think about when getting a pet. Even if you have a job with a steady source of income, you need to consider all your current and future expenses after your graduate.

No one is guaranteed a job after getting their diploma, but you’re going to have another mouth you’ll have to feed during that time. While it’s manageable, not many young adults consider this aspect when getting their first pet.

What Kind of Lifestyle Are You Living Currently?

Depending on the pet you get, they might not be able to deal with your more wild-and-free lifestyle. Loud parties every weekend might be too much for your little guy or girl to handle. Plus, you’re going to be out of the apartment quite often when going to class, hanging out with friends, or living your life.

Some pets need constant attention, and if you’re unable to give them that, it’ll lead to some unwanted problems.

What Are Your Plans for the Next 10 or So Years?

While having your whole life planned out at this stage of your life isn’t possible, you probably have a good idea of where you want to end up in life. The question now is, how is your pet going to fit into the mix?

Most college graduates change their plans often, which leads to a lot of moving and readjusting to a new life. While that may be fine for you, many animals don’t handle change as easily as humans. While you can do things to ease the burden of a big move for your pet, constantly changing locations on them will lead to more issues in their lives.

Why Do You Want Them in the First Place?

When figuring out what to consider before getting a pet in your 20s, this question is the most overlooked yet one of the most important. It’s easy to say, “Oh, they’re so cute, and I love them,” but cuteness wears off, and before you know it, you’re stuck with a living being dependent on you that you regret getting.

Buying a pet isn’t like buying a pair of shoes that catch your eye. It’s a commitment, and if you get into it for the wrong reasons, it will cause trouble for both of you down the road. Be sure to truly consider why you want a pet before impulse buying one on the spot.

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