As Christmas approaches, animal stores and shelters receive even more requests for cats and dogs as Christmas presents. While any child would be thrilled to receive a new furry companion for Christmas, is this the best choice? We’ll tell you why gifting an animal for Christmas might not be the ideal decision.
Reasons Not to Gift an Animal for Christmas
- Objectification of Animals: When obtaining a puppy, breeders and pet stores sometimes prioritize sales over the health or well-being of animals, delivering specimens that are too young to be separated from their mothers. This affects their development and behavior as they miss out on basic animal behavior, such as identifying with their species, communicating through body language, and reacting appropriately to stimuli.
- . Lack of Reflection in the Decision: Integrating a dog or cat into the family will impact family dynamics for at least the next 10 years. The decision should be a consensus and commitment from all members willing to assume the responsibility of caring for the animal. As a gift, the recipient may not be prepared for this long-term responsibility
- Loss of Interest: If the gift is intended for a child, they may perceive the animal as just another toy without understanding the responsibility involved. Interest may diminish once the novelty wears off or when the work of caring for the animal becomes evident.
- Incompatibility with Family Routine: After the holidays, the family returns to its daily activities, and the animal may not adapt to this new dynamic. Dealing with the pet’s needs, planning care during vacations, or coping with the puppy’s growth can become challenging.
In Spain, over 306,000 animals are abandoned each year, according to a 2020 study by the Affinity Foundation, and this does not include unreported abandonments. Additionally, 43% of abandoned dogs and 40% of abandoned cats had been given as gifts to their owners.
Animals are not toys; they are sentient beings that will be part of the family for many years. The best way to welcome them into the family is through thoughtful and unanimous decision-making.
How to Add a Furry Member to Your Family
If you really want to add a furry member to your family, here’s the best way to do it:
- Adopt, Don’t Buy: Purchasing animals perpetuates objectification and treats lives as commodities. Stores primarily aim for economic profit, while animal shelters seek to end abandonment by providing a second chance to those without a family.
- Consider the Right Age: Both dogs and cats need time with their mothers after birth for proper development. Avoid accepting a newborn baby that is not yet ready to be separated from its mother.
- Evaluate All Options: Animals can get sick like humans and may require lifelong treatment or care. Ensure you can financially cover their needs, both basic and unforeseen.
- Prepare for Their Arrival: Get your home ready and establish a calm routine during the adaptation period. Purchase a bed, food, treats, and toys to provide everything they need. You can find all our 100% natural products here
- Participate in the Search Process: Don’t solely base your decision on the appearance or size of the animal. Find a furry friend with whom you can connect, whose personality and needs align with your lifestyle.
And remember, it’s a living being that will depend on you and won’t hesitate to offer you all its love and loyalty.
At MAIKAI, we understand that our furry friends are treasures. That’s why we work tirelessly to bring you the best natural products to pamper them as they deserve.