7 Reasons NOT to Get a Pet ...

By Jennifer

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…

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They Require a Lot of Care

They Require a Lot of Care Photo Credit: kirstiecat

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.


They’re Noisy

They’re Noisy Photo Credit: minxlj

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!


Friends and Family May Be Allergic

Friends and Family May Be Allergic Photo Credit: edwindejongh

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.


They Attract Pests

They Attract Pests Photo Credit: fofurasfelinas

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!


They’re Expensive!

They’re Expensive! Photo Credit: Piez

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!

Famous Quotes

Silence at the proper season is wisdom, and better than any speech.


They’ll Destroy Your House

They’ll Destroy Your House Photo Credit: bsmith4815

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!


Who Wants to Clean up Poo?

Who Wants to Clean up Poo? Photo Credit: fofurasfelinas

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!

Top Photo Credit: edwindejongh

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it epends on th pet but the ruining the furniture and making noise are easy if u get a fish.

Makes sense to me. I love cats but had to find a new home for my last one, a buddy of 8 years, because my new wife is allergic to all furred animals. Luckily he has a home that is way better than any of mine(I use to move a lot). And luckily for me I have visiting rights!

Please also add photocredit at upper photo (cat and shoes) Otherwise please remove the picture. photocredit: edwindejongh (with a link to my flickr-account) thank you Edwin