A lot of people get their first pets when they go to college or a little bit after. I started with a cat, and then added another, and now I have a dog! I also have a full time job, an internship, and school. Needless to say, I’ve had to come up with some ways to not only keep my grades and work ethic up, but also how to be a good parent to my fur babies!
1. Put Them First
I used to go out on weekend getaways, stay at friends’ houses, not come home for hours all day, and now I can’t do any of those things without a solid plan. If I’m not going to be home all night, I either spend the money to board my animals to know they are safe, or I get a trusting friend to go feed them and play with them! If you get someone, make sure they play with your animals. As much as they need food and water, they also need love!
2. Make An Effort
There are days of the week that I work eight hours, go straight to school, and then have meetings. I could easily just go home and be lazy, but I make myself take my dog on a walk for at least fifteen minutes. I chose to have this animal, so the least I can do is give him a short walk at the end of the night! Plus it is a bonus exercise for me too! With my cats, I bring out their toys, and while I’m watching TV, I just play around with them! This actually is a great way to de-stress!
3. Save Money For Your Animals
It makes me so sad when I see people get a pet when they don’t have the money to truly care for them! I’m not saying you have to lavish your pets with diamond collars and fluffy beds. But, you do need to have the money to buy good food, grooming, boarding (if needed), and vet visits! I only get my dog groomed every few months so I’m not crazy about it, but with him being long haired I know that it’s necessary!
Take care of your pets, even if you are a super busy college student! If you don’t have time to take care of them, then please give them to someone who does because they deserve it. Not only will taking care of them make them happy, but it will make your relationship with them so much stronger, which is why we get pets in the first place!