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It Will Change The Relationship.Whoa, wait! Getting a cute dog or a sassy cat with your significant other may sound like the purrfect plan (sorry, we can't resist a little mid-sentence purr), but remember, parenthood is a serious commitment, not a cute pastime. That whole "caring-for-another-life" kind of commitment. Pets require hours of attention, regular vet visits, space, and socialization. They also require moolah to fund supplies, checkups, and the slew of unexpected joys that come with the gig (carpet cleaner, anyone?) We know, we know. You're imagining the amazing cuddles, that new puppy smell, those tiny paws. But before you take this leap, you must think it through: are you ready to go from being a duo to a trio? Does a pet fit in with your lifestyle? Because things will change (oh yes!) and you must be ready for it.
Do You Need A Pet?This may be a no-brainer, but you ask yourself whether you and your significant other actually need a pet right now. Consider your reasons behind wanting to adopt an animal with the love of your life. Are you looking to make the next step in your relationship and a pet seems like the best way to do that? Or do you two actually feel compelled to love and care for an animal? Because those two wants are big-time different! Bottom line: get to the roots of your desire for a furball. What would a pet do for your relationship? If you're looking for adventure, a new way to spend time together or just a feeling of being closer, you don't necessarily need a pet to achieve it.
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