Be sure that you can be a responsible pet owner

PUBLISHED : Friday, 11 August, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 11 August, 2006, 12:00am

I'm writing in response to the letter 'Think twice before getting a pet' (Young Post, July 29).

It is important to think twice, and see if we would be able to cope when our pets die.

But we also have to decide if we are responsible enough to care for a pet.

I think we must think a third time before we get a pet. Hong Kong people are busy. But pet owners have to spend a lot of time with their pets.

Many owners get bored of their pets very quickly. If you're thinking of getting a pet, you have to be willing to look after it until it dies.

If you think you can be a responsible pet owner, go to the SPCA. They have many pets who need good homes.

COLOUR KONG Thanks for your thoughtful letter, Colour. You have given some very good, practical advice about keeping a pet. The biggest problem when it comes to keeping a pet in Hong Kong is space - or a lack of it. I would love to have a dog, a big one, but I don't have the space in my flat.

Fish have often seemed like good pets to have in Hong Kong. They don't take up too much space and are relatively inexpensive to keep. But even fish take a lot of work. Everything from the water temperature to the amount of algae affects the health of the fish.

Before you choose a pet, it is worth finding out as much as you can about it first. And if you can, talk to someone who has such a pet to find out exactly what is involved.

Kate, Editor