Choosing the Right Pet for You

 

 “Animals are such agreeable friends—they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms.” George Eliot

So you’ve decided that having a pet is right for you and you just can’t wait to get one. Having a pet is a very fantastic and rewarding experience. Congratulations! Pets can make you happy, feel good, and improve your health. However, you still have a lot of factors to consider before getting your new pet. Answer the following questions and the answers could help you choose the right pet for you: 

Are you ready to be responsible? 

Having a pet comes with responsibilities. You need to take care of them and make sure that they are physically and mentally healthy. 

 

How committed are you? 

Depending on the pet, you need to commit yourself to it for all its lifetime. Some pets live up to 15-20 years, can you be responsible for that long? If not, then you should probably get a pet with a shorter life span. 

 

Will your pet fit with your lifestyle? 

Do you work full time? Are you always out of the house? Then having a dog or a cat might be a problem as they need human attention otherwise you’ll come to a clawed sofa, a chewed cabinet, or a pee puddle. Cats and dogs are very expressive of their frustrations when they are left alone so beware.  A fish or a lizard don’t need much attention, you should probably consider getting either of them. 

 

Do you have enough space?  

Do you live in a house or apartment? Do you have a backyard where a dog can run around? A cat, a small dog, or a rabbit can stay indoors but they still need enough space to move around. 



Do you have enough available time? 

Having a cat or a dog requires you to spend a lot of time with them. They need play time, bonding time, feeding time, and just about any available time they can squeeze out of you. Even if you don’t have the time, they will demand it. 

 

Are you buying or adopting?  

Do you plan to buy a pedigree dog or cat? Look for a reputable breeder and check all the paperwork and certificates. How about adopting a rescue pet? There are thousands of rescued cats and dogs waiting to have a furrever home. You can get in touch with your local shelter to help you find the right dog for you or adopt other kinds of pets

 

What’s your budget?   

There would be expenses when you start raising a pet. You have to consider your budget and your capacity to provide for your pet for the duration of its lifetime. You need to consider the costs of food, toys, healthcare, transportation, house, bed, litter, leash, collar, etc. Caring for a pet horse will be very expensive, and a fish is cheap while a dog or cat is not that expensive but not cheap. 


What to know about: 

Dogs 

Being the social creatures that they are, dogs are not happy when they are left on their own. Being tied or locked up all day can make them misbehave. You can expect digging, howling, excessive barking, chewing, and soiling to happen. Dogs need attention, training, walks, grooming, proper food, and vet care.  You should also consider the dog breed that’s suitable for you.   

 

Cats 

Cats don’t need as much attention as dogs do but they do need attention and wouldn’t hesitate to get it when they need it. They need daily play time and petting time. The costs of raising a cat include food, litter, litter box, scooper, toys, collar, and vet care. Find a cat breed that suits you well.  

 

Fish 

Watching a fish swim can be relaxing and need very little supervision. Fish are cheaper and not too time-consuming to keep but they won’t play with you, no cuddling, no wet kisses, and they won’t wait for you then wag their tail when you get home. You only have to make sure that their tank is clean, they have enough oxygen supply and food.  

 

Birds  

Birds are beautiful and fascinating but they are not easy to care for. They need lots of attention. They should be kept in a large cage where they can spread their wings and fly around. Birds don’t like being alone since they are flock creatures. If you’re set on getting a bird, it would be best to get at least two. 

 

Rabbits

Rabbits are quite intelligent, sweet, and affectionate. They just need a food bowl, water bowl, and a bed made from non-toxic materials.  They need utmost supervision when left roaming around the house as they like chewing electrical cables and hiding in dark areas. 


Have you made your choice yet? Choosing a pet is like choosing a new housemate. You need to make sure that you are compatible and could live together for a long time. It’s also like choosing when to have a child, you need to make sure that you are mature enough and financially stable to fulfill your responsibilities as a pet parent. 

 

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