Considering Gifting a Dog, Cat or Other Pet? Read This First

Pets make great gifts for young and old alike because they provide the recipient with many, many years of unconditional love. But, this doesn’t mean that you don’t need to think first before you give someone a pet as a gift.

There are a lot of things you have to consider before you make this gesture. For instance, you don’t want to give an older person a puppy that will grow up to be huge. Likewise, you don’t want to give your niece a cat before finding out that she’s allergic to them. And remember, giving a pet to someone comes with a commitment that they’ll have to live with for as long as 20 years.

Before you give someone a pet, here are four tips that will help ensure that the recipient is happy with your generous gift.

How to Properly Give a Pet as a Gift

#1: Never Make a Pet a Surprise Gift

If you want to give a child the gift of a pet, talk it over with her parents before you go ahead and do it. A pet requires a lot of energy, time, money, and care, most of which will be provided by the parents of the recipient, so you always want to ask them for permission before you give a pet as a gift.

You also want to make sure their home or apartment is suitable for the pet, such as having a yard for a dog, or whether or not their apartment complex allows pets.

#2: Give a Pet to Immediate Family Only

When someone presents you with a gift, it is always difficult to say no. This is something you have to take into consideration before you give a pet as a gift. After all, this is not going to be a gift that someone can re-gift or return to the store. Therefore, you shouldn’t give someone outside of your immediate family a pet as a gift.

The only exception to this rule is if you and the recipient have already discussed the prospect of a pet as a gift.

#3: Never Buy a Pet on Impulse

Seeing a puppy or a kitten for sale can be hard for some people to pass up because they’re so cute and cuddly. Make no mistake about it – that’s what pet stores rely on – the impulse buy. But, if you’re shopping for a gift someone, the last thing you want to do is to buy a dog or cat on impulse.

If you first buy the pet and then discuss it with the recipient or their parent and it turns out they don’t want a pet, then you’ll be stuck with either keeping the pet or finding her another home.

#4: Cover Any Start-Up Costs Associated With Pet

A puppy needs food, a collar and leash, chew toys, a crate, and pee-pads just to start with. A kitten needs a litter box, litter, food, toys, and a scratching post or cat tree. There are also adoption fees, spay or neuter fees, vet visit costs, and immunization fees. All of this can get quite expensive.

So, if you’re planning on giving someone a pet as a gift, you should also give them everything they need to start caring for the pet properly. You should pay the adoption fee, the cost of neutering or spaying the pet, and the cost of the first vet visit and any immunizations the pet needs.

If you’re able to keep to the above four tips, then go ahead and give someone a pet as a gift. They’ll love her and appreciate you every time they see the pet.


Author: Giano Panzarella