Animals as Christmas presents: Please don’t!

There are many reasons why animals should not be given as gifts for Christmas. Read here why it is better to make such an important decision after the holidays.

Not a good idea: animals as Christmas gifts - Image: Shutterstock / dezi

Not a good idea: animals as Christmas gifts – Image: Shutterstock / dezi

Anyone who gives animals away for Christmas often follows a rash act instead of a sensible, long-thought-out decision. Unfortunately, this is at the expense of the animal – the reasons for this are obvious.

Get an animal: A decision for life

It doesn’t matter whether it’s a dog, cat or rabbit: when an animal moves in, it wants to stay with its family for life, be treated appropriately, be cared for when it’s sick and receive responsible care when its owners are on vacation. In addition, the whole family must agree to the animal moving in, treat it lovingly and raise it professionally. Whether all of these requirements are met is usually a decision that takes several weeks, months or even years and is not something that should be made in a hurry just before Christmas.

Reasons to buy after Christmas

Even if a pet is on a child’s wish list, tempted by the most beautiful advertisements, or you would love to spend Christmas with your new puppy or kitten: Please think of the animal for whom a Christmas with candles, guests, Christmas decorations and hustle and bustle means a lot of stress and excitement on his first day in his new home. Moving in a new pet should be done on a quiet day when owners can focus only on their new pet. Ideally, take a few days off to help your new furry friend settle into their new home and bond with their pet.

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Retrieve a pet from the shelter after Christmas

And there is another reason why it is important and sensible not to get a new pet until after the holidays: After Christmas, the animal shelters are fuller than at any other time and if you are still sure that you want to give a four-legged friend a home, makes one of the shelter residents very happy. There you can choose your new family member at your leisure and consider responsibly whether it really suits you. The shelter staff also usually know their pets quite well and can advise you on which pet would make the best addition to your family.

For more animal shelter tips, check out the following guides:
Why adopt a cat from a shelter: 4 reasons

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Dog from the animal shelter: You should pay attention to this

Cat from the shelter: tips for the right choice

Dog from the animal shelter: It takes time to get used to it

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