Should you get a pet in college?

Being in college gives you a lot of independence that many college students seize as soon as they can. They stay out all night, eat what they want, and never clean their room; all things your parents would normally be enforcing are now up to that individual. One really big choice many college students can make is getting a pet. All these choices give college students a lot of responsibility, but getting a pet is one of the biggest responsibilities you can have, especially for young adults in college. It’s important to weigh the risks and benefits of these decisions especially when deciding on a pet.

Let’s first talk about some of the cons in deciding to get an animal in college. Having a pet is a huge responsibility. You are responsible for the life and well-being of another creature besides yourself. Your pet depends on you for food, water and exercise. Pets are also expensive. Unexpected vet bills can arise at any given moment, and the reality of vet visits is that they are an inevitability not just a possibility. Pets need food, toys, bath supplies and grooming tools and countless other things. Not to mention pet deposits are outrageously expensive at most places if they even allow pets; you may not be able to live in certain places because they may not allow pets. Animals are a huge time commitment; you will no longer be able to stay out till dawn, or go on a spur of the moment road trip. These are just a few the things to consider before getting a pet; however, there are positives to owning a pet though.

The biggest pro of having a pet is that you have a friend no matter what. You are never alone; your pet loves you unconditionally. You have a cuddle buddy every single night. Your pet just wants to be with you and hang out. Their world revolves around you, and nothing is better than curling up with Netflix and your pet after a long day. This was a con before, but I think that it can also be a pro: Responsibility. Having an animal to care for is a huge deal, but it is also a very good experience to learn in college.

Having a pet in college is a big deal, and it is definitely one you need to do a lot of research and think about before making the commitment. Having a pet  in college will teach you a lot about responsibility, maturity and about yourself. As long as you take all these things into consideration, you'll be on the right track for deciding if getting a pet in college is the right move for you.

Taylor Burgess
Senior, nursing

Published: Nov 13, 2017 9:33am