Love your pets

We are a bunch of animal lovers here at Metropol, with many of our team having their own treasured pet at home. And we know that pets are beloved in the homes of so many of our readers. Enjoy the next few pages filled with all things pets, including some wonderful local businesses doing amazing things for our favourite furry friends.

Tossing up on whether to get your own pet? Owning an animal is a big responsibility, as they rely on you to love and care for them for their lifetime. The benefits are absolutely worth it, with animals bringing so much love and happiness into homes, as well as companionship and healthy lifestyle aspects too. Here are a few important things to consider before jumping into the pet owner world.

Can you commit?
Owning a pet is a long-term commitment. Do you see yourself still able to care for them in five, 10, or even 20 years? When you get a pet you become their whole world, so ensure you can do the same for them. Providing a safe and stable home is essential.

Do you have the time?
How much time do you have to dedicate to the type of animal you want? If you have intense work demands, a dog may not be possible right now, whereas a less time-demanding animal like a cat could be. Consider the amount of exercise and attention the animal will need.

Can you afford it?
Owning an animal can be expensive and this is something that needs to be considered. Day-to-day expenses like food is a given, but there are also vet bills, grooming costs, training help, as well as potential home security costs worth thinking about.


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