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The Pros and Cons of Getting a Pet

The Pros and Cons of Getting a Pet

Getting a pet is no easy decision. Emotional perks are undeniable, yet pets require time, understanding, and training. Particularly if you have kids, it can be difficult to gauge when you are ready for a pet. We all want a cuddly, warm friend to come home too, but responsibilities and costs required to properly take care of your pets are real. Carefully considering the consequences of welcoming a new pet into your home can make all the difference in keeping your pet safe and happy (and keeping you sane). While drawbacks to having a pet may be challenging, if you properly prepare, getting a pet can be a smooth experience. The following pro and cons of having a pet will help you decide if you are ready to rise to the occasion.

Pros:

1. Increased Personal Safety

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    One definite positive to having a pet unfortunately only applies to larger, free roaming pets. Mainly in the case of dogs, pets can bring a degree of safety to your life. A barking dog scares away most home invaders, and medium to large sized dogs provide security on late night walks. However, even smaller dogs, cats, and exotics have alerted their owners to approaching dangers like fire or gas leaks. When considering whether or not to get a pet, don’t forget that your new family member could be a crucial element in keeping you safe.

    2. Receiving Love 

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      No matter what kind of pet you get, you are sure to experience increased joy and love. Pets have a way of calming us down, and playing our heartstrings in a way that nothing else can. Pets can do a lot for helping you out of slumps and turning around a bad day.

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      3. Learning Patience 

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        Particularly when it comes to younger pet owners, having a pet can teach us valuable lessons. Training your pet can be a lesson in patience, while treating your pet well can help children learn how to be gentle and understanding. 

        4. Pets Empathize with You 

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          Another positive to getting a pet is having a family member who will always empathize with you. Regardless of what pet you get, most larger pets can sense when we are feeling under the weather or have had a bad day. Having something to cuddle with that genuinely cares that you feel better is a huge boost on those less than perfect days.

          5. Improved Mental Health

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            Having a pet is also a powerful way to keep yourself mentally functional. Across the board, pets of all types have proven to improve the health of patients with mental health challenges. From treating those with post traumatic stress disorder, to helping those who struggle with depression, pets are a helpful addition to combat a range of disorders. Not only do these findings bring hope to those with health challenges, it also means that every day anxiety and stress can be greatly decreased by spending time with your pet.

            6. Saving an Animal from a Shelter

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                Finally, another major positive if you’re looking at adopting a shelter pet is the knowledge that you saved a life. Dogs, cats, and other animals in animal shelters are usually tame, and sometimes even trained. By adopting an animal thats been abandoned, you are giving a good home to a living thing, plus making room at overcrowded shelters. Unsurprisingly, pet owners who adopt animals from shelters often speak to the animals undying loyalty and joy at being adopted.

                Cons:

                1. Responsibility

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                  One drawback of getting a pet is an immediate increase in responsibility. Just like a young child, pets rely on you for absolutely everything. Not only that, if they have yet to be trained, they won’t understand your anger if they do something wrong. If you are someone with an over scheduled life, or doubt your children’s ability to step up to this responsibility, a small pet like a hamster or mouse might be a better first step.

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                  2. Allergies

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                    Another drawback to pets in the home are allergies. Especially if you don’t know what you’re allergic to, bringing a cat or a dog into your life can bring unexpected hurdles. Keep in mind that allergies grow worse each time you are exposed to an allergen, so spending limited time with animals in the past is not conclusive proof you aren’t allergic. If you’re unsure of your animal allergies, pet sitting for a friend or spending time volunteering for an animal shelter might be something you want to try first.

                    3. Possible Safety Hazards

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                      Another important consideration when getting a pet is whether or not the animal in question brings more hazards to your life. A pet might be a fine addition for families with young kids, however a large breed of dog for example, will require extra attention and training to make sure it is safe around children. Similarly, aggressive types of snakes or territorial pets may not be the best addition if you have dependents living with you. It is important to consider the needs of everyone in your house before getting a pet.

                      4. Cost

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                        Unfortunately, another drawback to having pets is a necessary evil. Just like humans, animals need to be healthy and happy. Before you get a pet, consider the average yearly veterinary cost of owning the type of animal you are looking at. Cats and dogs for example, require several different shots throughout their first year of life, as well as preventative shots and treatment throughout their lives. Additionally, outdoor pets are more prone to infections, lacerations and pest infestations that require veterinary care. Even if your animal never has a major accident, every animal will require you to pay for basic veterinary care to have a healthy and fulfilled life.

                        5. Poop

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                          There’s no getting around it – no matter what kind of animal you get, you will be required to clean up after them. Make sure you have a solid stomach when it comes to removing poop if you want a positive pet experience.

                          6. Schedule Disorder

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                              Finally, remember that bringing a pet home means you will sometimes be at the mercy of their schedule. Cats for example, are naturally nocturnal, and are likely to find their way on top of you while you try to sleep. Similarly, dogs, birds, and many exotic animals will sometimes feel the need to make as much noise as possible in the middle of the night. Be prepared to take on these challenges when you decide it’s time for a pet, and your transition into pet ownership will be much smoother.

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                              100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier

                              100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier

                              Want to learn some quick and easy life hacks that are easy to do, low cost and saves you time?

                              By tweaking little things in your daily life, it can make your life much more convenient!

                              Here’re 100 of the most practical life hacks so you can just pick up any of them right away!

                              83 tie a small piece of bright colored fabric

                                84 write random letter

                                  85 use a rubberband

                                    86 dorm smell bad

                                      87 lean your phone on your sunglassess

                                        89 how to waterproof your shoes

                                          90 take a picture of the name card

                                            91 iron inside out

                                              92 old newspaper

                                                93 tumble try shoes

                                                  keep a card like this

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                                                      94 soap bar

                                                        95 make a hole

                                                          96 drop the battery

                                                            97 use a coozie

                                                              98 when taking a picture

                                                                use a clean dust pan

                                                                  try a pants hanger

                                                                    use your cellphone light

                                                                      use a spring from an old pen

                                                                        quick and easy iphone speaker

                                                                          user binder clips

                                                                            wrap a wet paper towel around your beverage

                                                                              put pancake mix in a ketchup bottle

                                                                                clean out an old lotion bottle for your beach

                                                                                  use a muffin tin to serve condiments at a bbq

                                                                                    doritos are great for kindling

                                                                                      use nail polish to identify different keys

                                                                                        use a hanging shoe rack to store cleaning supplies

                                                                                          freeze grapes to chill white wine without

                                                                                            use paper clips to organize your cables

                                                                                              almost finished your jar of nutella

                                                                                                sick of having a box full of tangled

                                                                                                  unroll the rim to increase the capacity

                                                                                                    cut open toilet paper rolls and use as a cuff

                                                                                                      remove the stem from strawberries

                                                                                                        turn an old bottle into a simple little cord holder

                                                                                                          for iced coffee and iced cappuccino, use frozen coffee cubes

                                                                                                            how to fold a fitted bed sheet

                                                                                                              tired of snoozing past your alarm

                                                                                                                place a rubber band around an open paint can to wipe your brush on

                                                                                                                  ut a wooden spoon across a boiling pot

                                                                                                                    use bread clips to save flip-flops

                                                                                                                      take pictures of friends holding items

                                                                                                                        how i always know which headphone is the left one

                                                                                                                          put a stocking over the end of a vacuum

                                                                                                                            How to make sure you drink enough water

                                                                                                                              user a can opener to open blister

                                                                                                                                good sandwich guide

                                                                                                                                  turn your muffin pans upside down

                                                                                                                                    50 pounds of groceries and living on the 5th floor

                                                                                                                                      the right way to make a blt

                                                                                                                                        add one teaspoon of baking soda

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                                                                                                                                            hair straighteners equals to collar irons

                                                                                                                                              stack your clothes vertically to see them all

                                                                                                                                                the right way to make cookies in the summer

                                                                                                                                                  how to clean a blender

                                                                                                                                                    the right way to eat a popsicle

                                                                                                                                                      use bread clips to label and organize power cords

                                                                                                                                                        to get the built up residue off of your shower head

                                                                                                                                                          user a hair clip to orgainize long wires

                                                                                                                                                            a frozen saturated sponge in a bag

                                                                                                                                                              rub stuck zipper teeth with a graphite pencil

                                                                                                                                                                use a soda pop tab

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                                                                                                                                                                    51 How to multiply large numbers in your head.

                                                                                                                                                                      52 How to open a bottle if you dont have a corkscrew.

                                                                                                                                                                        rub a walnut on damaged wooden furniture

                                                                                                                                                                          kids fall out of bed

                                                                                                                                                                            use toothpaste to clear up hazy car

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                                                                                                                                                                                59 keep pizza out while driving home

                                                                                                                                                                                  60 put your straw through the tab to keep it from rising

                                                                                                                                                                                    hold oreos with a fork so your fingers

                                                                                                                                                                                      Never lose your remotes again

                                                                                                                                                                                        hiding your emergency money

                                                                                                                                                                                          use a bread tab to hold your spot on a roll

                                                                                                                                                                                            if you are at a hotel and run out of chargers

                                                                                                                                                                                              keep a square of cardboard in a ziplock bag

                                                                                                                                                                                                If you need to pee or smoke at a bar

                                                                                                                                                                                                  drill holes in the bottom of your garbage

                                                                                                                                                                                                    use an accented letter as your passcode

                                                                                                                                                                                                      use a squeeze ketchup bottle top with your shopvac

                                                                                                                                                                                                        do something unusual when locking the door

                                                                                                                                                                                                          when heating leftovers space out a circle in the middle

                                                                                                                                                                                                            dont burn yourself in those hard to reach candles

                                                                                                                                                                                                              put a small amount of water in a glass when you microwave your pizza

                                                                                                                                                                                                                75 use a piece of paper to organize

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  use half a pool noodle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    pencil case to store cables

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      78 clothespin to hold nail

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        79 make blts

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          80 take a picture of your fridge

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            81 fill plastic water bottles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              82 right ways to eat chips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                99 if your plug keeps failing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  100 put the banana on the wire

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    88 before you throw away a post it

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Source: Reddit LifeProTips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      There you go, 100 awesome life hacks that you can try right now to make your life a lot easier!

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