One of these possibilities includes a decrease in available income or increase in costs. Like it or not, we need money to provide for those we love. Should your income drop at some point in the future, do you have a nest egg to rely on for the everyday expenses of food and supplies? Are you aware of programs where you might seek help if you were unfortunate enough to require it? There is also the consideration of your pet's health. They may at this moment be the picture of health and strength, but what if they became ill or injured? Would you be able to afford veterinary and prescription costs? Pet insurance can help to relieve the insecurity of future health costs, but only if you've been enrolled in a plan.
Then there are changes within the home. Is there a possibility of transfer or moving? Would a new home include the ability to keep your pet? It may be wonderful for you to enjoy having a pet for a time, but to lose their home and family because of this can be traumatic at the least for animals. It's best to not bring home a pet until you are certain you can provide stability and a permanent home. If it's a matter of moving alone, you'll need to ensure you'll be able to take whatever additional measures needed to help the pet acclimate to their new environment with you. There is also the consideration of major changes within the household. Members moving out, going away to college, roommates leaving or new people coming into the house can cause stress for a pet, leading to illness. If you are aware of this, you'll need to provide additional attention.
Although it might seem inappropriate to consider the kinds of what-if's that we'd prefer weren't even possibilities, we do our pets a huge service by thinking through and carefully planning for them.
As your pet's best friend and advocate, you are the one who can best make decisions for them should unlikely or unsavory events occur; you are who they depend upon.