Last updated on May 14th, 2020
A pet can be a fantastic addition to your home but it’s important to choose the right one. Animals require varying levels of care, interaction, and, sometimes, specialist environments. By researching the needs of each animal and assessing them in conjunction with your own lifestyle, you can be sure that you and your pet will enjoy a long and happy life together.
When deciding on the right pet to fit into your life you need to ask yourself a few questions.
How much time do I have to spend with a pet?
How much will it cost to maintain the pet in a healthy, happy state?
Who else lives in my home and will interact with the pet?
Am I ready for the added responsibility of a pet?
How much experience do I have with a pet?
Do I have enough space for a pet?
What type of pet are you interested in? Cat, dog, rabbit, or fish? Maybe a potbelly pig or a snake is more your style. What about a ferret or a parrot?
Make sure whatever pet your choose that you have done your research and know what you are getting into. For example, a cat is a 15-year commitment and a parrot often outlives their owner and must be provided for in your will.
Remember to check animal shelters and rescues before shopping for a new pet. There are lots of wonderful abandoned pets who are in need of a home. You might be surprised at what you might find at a shelter and there are rescue groups for every kind of animal you can imagine.
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Before you make the final decision about pet ownership, remember to consider these essentials:
How often will your pet be left alone?
Some pets are happy to be left alone for long periods of time, while others need fairly constant interaction. If you work long hours or you travel regularly, for example, a young puppy isn’t going to be the best choice. However, hamsters, rabbits, mice, rats, and even fish can be perfectly happy while you’re out and about.
The amount of time your pet is going to left alone is critical, so be sure to consider every aspect of your lifestyle. When some animals are left alone for long periods, it can cause distress and bad behavior, so it’s essential that you choose a pet who will thrive in your home environment.
What equipment is needed?
Animals have varying needs, so be prepared to obtain the right equipment for your new pet. A large dog will require a garden for regular exercise, for example, while a cat may be content in a smaller home and regular access to the outdoors. Alternatively, tropical fish will need an aquarium and, perhaps, Texas Holey Rock, gravel and a heater. Similarly, some reptiles require a tank with a very carefully controlled climate, so you’ll need to ensure you have access to the right setup.
The range of equipment required will have a direct impact on how much it costs to care for your pet, so remember to factor this in when you’re deciding what type of animal is right for you.
How much interaction will your pet need?
If you want to spend time playing with your pet and engaging with him or her, an affectionate breed of dog or cat might be the ideal option. If you’d prefer a pet that’s more independent, some breeds of cat are less keen on human interaction, while some rodents are nocturnal, which means they’ll be content sleeping throughout the day and won’t require constant attention.
Although the animal and breed will tell you a lot, there are no guarantees when it comes to the amount of interaction your pet will require. Every animal has a unique personality so be ready for some variation in terms of how much your new pet will enjoy your company.
Choosing the Right Pet for You
If you’re a dog lover, you may be eager to welcome a four-legged friend into your home. Similarly, if you’re fascinating with wildlife, a Komodo dragon might be your perfect pet. However, it’s essential to choose a pet based on the compatibility of their needs and your lifestyle, as opposed to what your favorite animal is. By doing this, you can be sure you’ll welcome a pet who thrives in your home.
Which pet did you choose?