7 Reasons NOT to Get a Pet ...

I don’t’ care what Betty White or Sarah McLaughlin say — pets aren’t for everyone! If you do have a pet, of course you should care for it humanely. But don’t let anyone talk you into a pet if you don’t want one! Here are 7 reasons not to get a pet that you can share with anyone who tries to talk you into it…

1. They Require a Lot of Care

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Love to travel, or work a lot? Then you don’t want a pet! They require a lot of care, all the time, and unless you want to take your yippy little Chihuahua with you everywhere, you don’t want a pet.

2. They’re Noisy

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Dogs bark and howl, cats meow and whine, birds squawk, and small critters make little scratchy noises. So if you’re like me, and long for quiet, then you don’t want a pet!

3. Friends and Family May Be Allergic

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So many people are allergic to animals, why would you want to exclude someone from your house-parties because you had to have that cat? Or, if you do decide you might want a pet, at least check to see if anyone you know and like might be allergic.

4. They Attract Pests

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Fleas are horrible pests, and they’re so hard to get rid of once they’re in your home! And that’s just the beginning — pets carry all sorts of pests and germs. Yuck!

5. They’re Expensive!

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Not only are they pricey to buy, they’re also expensive to feed… and to keep in clean litter… and to buy toys for…. And of course, the vet bills and license fees!

6. They’ll Destroy Your House

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Dogs and cats shed all over everything. They’ll also eat or chew your best shoes, and scratch your couch and coffee table. Unless you want new shoes and furniture, don’t get a pet!

7. Who Wants to Clean up Poo?

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If you have a dog, you’ll be cleaning up poo from your yard or on walks. If you have a cat, you’ll have to clean the litter box. If you have a fish or turtle or frog, you’ll have to clean their bowl or aquarium. Who wants to spend their precious time off work or school cleaning poo? And don’t get me started on the hairballs… ick!

So in spite of what animal activists and your great-aunt Melva, would have you believe, pets aren’t right for everyone. And besides, do you want to end up the crazy cat lady? No way! If you don’t own a pet, why not? Do you have a reason? Please share with me!

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