Popular Pets Not Just For Christmas
Yes it’s that time of the year again – Christmas is fast approaching. During the festive season, we all love to spend quality time together, and when the big day finally arrives, we mark the magical occasion by exchanging gifts to loved ones.
Whilst you’ll no doubt be busy in the run up to Christmas, you might be thinking of getting a rather special present for a friend or family member this year. For some, a special present may be expensive jewellery, for others it could of course be a pet.
True to say it’s definitely a unique gift for someone you know. However, if you are going to buy a pet, remember as the saying goes, they are for life and not just for Christmas.
Festive pet post
Using the , we asked if any of our followers, or someone they know, had ever received a pet for Christmas.
The most popular responses to our post were man’s best friend - the dog, and also those furry feline favourites – cats.
Those who posted on our page evoked many happy memories that they had spent with their pet, which shows you can give a pet at Christmas - providing the circumstances are right.
So before you head off to buy a cute kitten, a tiny puppy, or another pet for someone this year, take a look at the following advice and be sure you’re making the right decision.
Quality of life
Regardless of whether you are thinking about buying a rabbit, dog, or cat, remember that once the excitement has passed, the pet will still need to be looked after.
Dogs and cats can live between 10 and 14 years, so bear this in mind, as it’s a big commitment to own one. Additionally, the circumstances need to be right for the receiver of the pet too. If they are not ready to become an owner then they will be stuck with a pet that they didn’t really want in the first place for a long time.
All pets deserve decent quality of life, so make sure that the new owner has the time, commitment, and long term plans to be able to offer the pet a happy home.
Another consideration before buying a pet for someone is the space available. Giving a pet this Christmas is a nice surprise for the receiver, but is there enough room to house the animal as they are growing up?
Rabbits and guinea pigs for example will require room for a cage, and dogs and cats will need space to roam indoors too, including additional space for any beds and cages.
With a lack of space, the living conditions for both the person you are buying the pet for and for the pet itself are going to be a little cramped.
If you’re not confident that there is enough space to house the pet for the person you are buying it for, then it’s not going to be a wise investment.
Buying a pet won’t just consist of one initial payment without any other financial costs to incur over their lifetime.
Food, vets’ bills, insurance and accessories all come at a price, so you need to make sure that these items can be paid for. If the person’s finances are already stretched, then this will only add to their financial burden.
All pet costs vary, but it’s roughly £40 - £80 a month to own a cat or dog, and obviously smaller pets will cost less to look after. Knowing how much it costs to own a pet will allow you to plan ahead and make sure that the owner can afford this commitment.
The joy of our lives
Pets are such amazing, intriguing, comforting and loyal animals. However, please don’t forget that they need to be looked after once Christmas has passed.
If you are going to buy a pet this Christmas for someone you know, make sure that it’s the right decision first. Once you are certain that it’s a good idea, we’re sure that the owner and their new pet will share many great memories together.
For more pet related advice, please check out and also our too. All that’s left to say now is Merry Christmas from all of the staff here at GJW Titmuss.