Taking a pet into your life is fun, but it's also a huge responsibility. It should be taken as seriously as adding a family member. Count the cost before you do. It is not just about you and your desires.
Some say if you cannot afford the cost you should not have one, and some say that is not fair. There is some validity to both ideas. I would go further though. I would say if you cannot give them the time they need, you should not have one. They can get by without the fancy chew toy, but they can’t get by without some quality time with you.
Below is a story where I go into a lot more detail on this idea.