Squeakers And Stockings – The Pets-As-Presents Debate
Should pets be presents?
Well we would be hypocrites if we said no. After all, most of us have been birthday or Christmas presents and the first pair of us were a gift from Santa Paws to Mummy.
Does it mean we have suffered terribly and been abandoned to a rescue? Does it mean we have been forgotten or unloved? Nope. None of the above.
Because, contrary to the scaremongers of the internet . . . this doesn’t always happen!
Yes, whee think pets can be presents.
If families sit down to plan and research and it’s not an impulse buy then the majority of pets go on to live happy and fulfilled lives as much loved members of the family.
So how can we deal with the inevitable abandoned pets after Christmas?
Pet shops could ask you to come for information sessions to check you are ready for the pet you are choosing a week before purchase and need proof you attended. Rescues could, instead of closing their doors to potential adopters, do the same. Yes, some animals are abandoned after Christmas but should that stop rescues from giving the chance of a happily ever after to an unwanted pet over Christmas? Our local rescue doesn’t think so and they do brilliant sessions for owners to help them make an informed choice.
Based on this here are the most impawtent things whee think you need to know or think about if you are thinking of welcoming guinea pigs into your family this Christmas:
- Whee are social animals and need a friend. Two guinea pigs need a minimum of a 120cm cage. Do you have the space for this?
- Our typical life span can be anything from 5-7 years but some piggies have been known to live long. Whee are not a short term toy, but a long term commitment.
- Whee need cleaning out regularly to keep us healthy. Do you have the time to do this every other day?
- We can get sick and go downhill quickly. Vet treatment can be expensive. Can you afford to take us if whee are unwell?
- Whee are not “low maintenance” pets. Whee require daily health checks and care. Our diet consists of hay, a pellet feed and fruit and vegetables. Our hooman worked out that she spends about £20 a week per pair of piggies. Can you afford this?
- Though whee make great children’s pets they can sometimes lose interest. Are you, as an adult, prepared to take on the care of these piggies and be ultimately responsible for their welfare? If the answer is no, then get your child a stuffed toy, they don’t suffer when your little darling gets bored.
If your answer was “no” to any of the questions asked then you shouldn’t take on a pet. (You can read more about the basics of guinea pigs in our guide here)
Back to the original question. Yes, pets can be presents at Christmas. Just make sure you know what you are getting into and know we are not disposable.
A pet is for life not just for Christmas.
They need to be thought out,
Not just bought for the missus.
As festive gifts go,
They can be the best,
But please don’t forget,
They aren’t just a guest.
They’ll be there for New Year,
And Easter, through Spring,
And all through the year,
On you they’ll be relying.
So put lots of thought,
Into your gifts this year,
And we hope you’re as happy,
As we are all here!
6 days to go! Have a great day efurryone
Nacho, Noah, Buddy & Basil
ps. Whee know you may not agree with our view but please keep things respectful in the comments. Whee want to know your opinions but it is Christmas after all!
Posted on December 18, 2014, in Piggy Blogs and tagged cavies, cavy, guinea pig, guinea pig blog, guinea pig blogger, guinea pigs, guinea pigs as christmas presents, guinea pigs for christmas, pet, pet blog, pet blogger, pets, pets as presents. Bookmark the permalink. 21 Comments.