Introduction At one point, you probably saw something cool in the shop. You might have bought the item soon after seeing it, just because you wanted it. This is Impulse buying. This presentation is on why not to impulsively buy pets.
Reasons for Impulse Buying Pets To show off It is cool You think you will like it Interesting pet to watch Irresponsibility Demands of family or family member(s) Potentially dangerous
Story 1 One time, I bought a crayfish for my tank. I thought it was cool, but had no idea about it. The crayfish killed plenty of fish, and eventually it died. This is relative because I bought it because I wanted it, not because I had kept them and knew about them. It ended badly because I did not know about how to take care of it.
Problems 7 million animals enter shelters yearly in the United States – 3 million or more are euthanized – 2% of cats are returned – 20% of dogs are returned Releasing pets causes damage – Most die – Can take root and cause problems – Introduce Disease
Pets are Not Accessories Require – Love – Food – Water – Shelter – Proper housing – Proper environment – Money
Just Because it is Alive It may not be – Happy – Healthy – Able to be held (sometimes) – Getting enough attention – Content with the situation
Story 2 Another time, I bought an awesome piranha named Jaws. Later, I purchased more. They lived in a ten gallon tank. Unfortunately, they died in a power outage after a few months. When I researched piranhas later, I found out that the tank was way too small and too cold. This is important because that piranha was definitely not happy, even though it was alive.
Family Matters One person may want one pet for the family – Others may not Reach consensus Decide who will take care of it or what part of it Decide where it lives All choose right, specific animal
Story 3 At one point, I wanted a ferret. No one else in my family did. I researched and presented information. I begged and begged, but I did not get a ferret. This shows that one pet may not be right for everyone, and that everyone should agree on it.
Step 1 Find a Pet You Like Look in pet stores See what you like Remember it Go home without buying the pet
Step 2 Research the Pet What to research – Adult size – Housing size – Price of animal – Price of supplies – Ongoing costs – Needs and care – Natural habitat – Others experiences with it
Step 3 Decide if It is Right for You Talk to family about what you want Explain all important information – Especially care, costs, and size Show pictures Share good and bad experiences of others Show pros and cons of owning this pet – All pros and cons should be weighed equally PowerPoint presentations work well for this part
Step 4 Prepare If you are allowed to get the pet, do this first – Buy supplies – Prepare home for pet – Check if everything is correct for it
Step 5 Buy the Pet Choose your pet from a reputable place Pick specific one that looks healthy Follow acclimation directions given Do not hold for 4 days so it gets used to the new home (if applicable) After 4 days are over, enjoy your new pet
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