There has been a well-documented rise in new pets during lockdown. With many households spending more time at home, it can be tempting to think that this is the ideal time to add to your fur family. While small pets may be mini in size, they’re a big commitment! Read our guide to get the lockdown lowdown on why the time might not be right to take on the responsibility of pet ownership.
Returning to routine
It’s a weird world right now, but at some point, a semblance of normality and routine will return. Ask yourself why you didn’t take on a pet pre-lockdown:
- What were the limiting factors to pet ownership?
- Did you have time to fit their needs into your day?
- Had you swotted up on learning about how to care for your chosen pet?
- Would there have been any financial considerations?
- Who would care for your pet if you were travelling?
If these questions throw up any potential problems, then it’s time to think honestly about whether you would be able to care for a small pet as lockdown continues to ease. However, some of these concerns can be managed by planning ahead.
At Supreme we are passionate about the welfare of small furries. Chinchillas, degus, ferrets, gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, rabbits, rats – they all have unique requirements when it comes to their care. Make sure that you get familiar with what your chosen pet will need. We’ve put together some great resources such as Small Pet School to help. Here are some of the things to factor into your post-lockdown pet plan:
- Suitable diet and unlimited access to water
- The time and room for your pet to exercise
- The time and patience to handle and interact with your small furry
- Cleaning out the cage or hutch
- Checking for signs of illness or disease
NB: Pets should be checked twice daily for signs of fly strike during the summer months.
- Tools to groom your pet if necessary
- Pet safe products for a thorough clean of your pet’s cage or hutch
- The time and finances for regular vet check-ups and preventative treatments
- Someone to care for your pet if you’re away
- Veterinary care if your pet becomes sick
What’s the verdict?
If our guide has rung true for you, and you’re concerned about fitting your pet into life after lockdown, we wouldn’t recommend taking on a pet just yet. Pet ownership is a big responsibility, so take as much time as you need to plan, gain knowledge and resources, and stick to your own-time frame for when you are ready. Don’t let the lockdown pet hype make you rush this process. Your future fur family will thank you, and you’ll make an awesome hoomin when the time is right!