Choosing A Pet

There is a lot of excitement that comes with the idea of bringing home a new pet family member, but before you do you should put in a bit of research before committing to one.

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There are many different pets to choose from, each with their own needs, care requirements, financial responsibly, necessary exercise and more. If you are considering adding a furry, scaly, feathered or fluffy pet to the family keep reading to find the right pet to compliment your lifestyle.

Your Schedule

Your schedule should be one of the most important deciding factors for choosing what pet you are going to own. If you have a busy schedule that leaves you away from home a lot you should be looking at a fairly self-care pet that doesn’t require a lot of socialization or exercise. There are still many pets to choose from in this category including fish, reptiles, turtles, bunnies, gerbils, hamsters, birds and more. If you are home often and can take on time requirement that a dog or cat would require you can consider owning one, but there is a lot more than just your schedule to consider.

Your Financial Responsibility

One of the most important realities of pet ownership is the costs that are associated with it. It doesn’t matter if you are planning on getting a lizard or a dog there will be some financial requirements to keep your pet happy and healthy. The type of pet will greatly determine the costs of owning it, for example if you get a fish you will likely spend less than if you were to get a dog. Some of the main cost requirements of pet ownership that you should consider include:

  • Pet food
  • Vet bills
  • Vaccinations
  • Spay or neuter fees
  • Training
  • Pet bedding
  • Habitat
    • Cage
    • Crate
    • Aquarium
    • Terrarium
    • Bowl
  • Toys
  • Treats
  • Leash/ Collar/ Harness

Pet Care Requirements

All pets require come level of care, but the level is different depending on the type of pet that you get. If you get a fish you will have to clean their tank and feed them, but that is a lot less effort than it takes to care for a dog.  If you are someone who strongly dislikes cleaning owning a shedding cat with a litterbox or a dog that you have to scoop up after may be out of the question, but a smaller pet may be more manageable for you. Before deciding on a pet make sure to get a full understanding of the care involved which includes medical care, cleaning, exercise and more.   

Your Home

If you are looking to add a new pet to the home you need to look around and evaluate your surroundings to ensure that they are the right fit for a new pet. Some of the main things you need to ask yourself before getting a pet include:

  • Do you have the space required for a pet?
  •  Are you okay with things getting scratched or damaged?
  • Are you in an apartment that allows pets?
  • Do you have a fenced yard?
  • Does anyone in your home have pet allergies?

Being honest about the answers to these questions can help you to have a good idea if the pet you would like would be a suitable choice.

Your Lifestyle

If you are serious about getting a pet you need to consider your lifestyle. If you are someone who loves to sleep in, getting a dog that requires a walk in the morning may not be right for you, but a cuddly cat might be perfect. If you are someone who travels often you will also need to make sure that you have a support system in place that can care for your pet when you are away.

Deciding on a pet is an exciting time. Just make sure to do your research beforehand so that you can choose the best match.

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