Dogs, cats or guinea pigs must not be handed over as a gift without lots of preparation and thinking. Even if they spread a lot of joy, someone needs to take over the responsibility for a life and the full scope of animal husbandry. Children, in particular, enjoy animal family members, but they are usually unable to take full responsibility for the care and well-being of an animal. Depending on the species, the new pet owner has a longstanding commitment in front of him - this can be up to 12 years for dogs and up to 20 years for a cat.
- Lifelong responsibility for the animal - also when it gets old
- Knowledge about the special needs of the animal
- Enough maturity to take full responsibility for an animal
- Space and time in his lifestyle
- Lifelong financial costs
- Regular vet checks
- Enough movement and activities to do
- A balanced and appropriate diet
Gift for yourself
If you want to give away an animal as a present - give it to yourself, and after careful consideration. You can only decide for yourself if you:
- This is the only way to prevent a well-intentioned pet gift from becoming unwanted and causing negative consequences when the pet owner is overwhelmed, and the animal is at worst neglected or given away.
- Are aware that today's energy bundle will grow old and have age-related illnesses.
- Have a serious and lasting interest in caring for and keeping an animal companion in "good and bad times".
- have knowledge of the species, breed of the animal and its keeping conditions.
- Are open to animal-related "damage" such as scratched hardwood floors or hair on the sofa.
- Can provide the optimal domestic, financial, temporal and health conditions.
- Can share your life permanently with an animal friend, with all its responsibilities and obligations.