Choosing a pet should be serious fun
Choosing a pet should be fun and exciting but should also have a serious side to it.
Far too many pets are abandoned or mistreated because not enough thought and preparation
went into choosing a pet to suit the household.
Owning a pet brings with it lots of fun and companionship but in return you need to
exercise responsibility. This includes being able to supply the
for the health and comfort of your pet.
There are many factors you need to take into account when choosing a pet.
Some factors you need to consider are:
1) The reason(s) for wanting a pet
There are unfortunately many pets which are acquired
after spur of the moment decisions. This is often a recipe for disaster as the warm feeling
soon passes when the novelty wears off and invariably it is the animal that suffers the
consequences.You should only acquire a pet after serious consideration of all the
long term commitments necessary to support and nurture a pet.
2) Your living environment
Your location (city, country, flat, house etc) should be a
major factor when choosing a pet.
would be unsuitable for people living in an inner city environment, whereas
would be fine.
3) Your Lifestyle
If you are rarely home for any length of time but still
want a pet then you need to maybe consider a pet that is less dependant on the
human-animal bond. This does not mean that they can be neglected for periods of
time but simply that they are not "high maintenance" 24/7. A good example
of this would be fish in a small uncomplicated aquarium.
4) Your financial status
Unfortunately, like it or not, pets cost money. It is not fair
on the pet if you cannot afford to house and feed it properly as well as make provision
for basic Veterinary care.It is certainly also not a good idea to deprive yourself or
other family members simply to supply the basics for a healthy and happy pet.
5) Your health status
While it is mainly dogs that need to be walked regularly
(and thus need someone fit enough to do that), most
pets have skin and fur or hair that people can be allergic to. If you or a family
member are prone to allergies, then a furry pet may not be a good idea.
6) Your knowledge
How much do you know about the particular type of pet you want.
Unfortunately, pets can be "impulse" buys with people not always aware of the
particular requirements of that animal. This is particularly true of more exotic
pets. A lack of knowledge of their needs can have unfortunate consequences and/or
lead to unforseen expenses and frustration - not a recipe for a happy and healthy pet!
7) Compatability with other pets
If you already have pets, or a pet, and are
thinking of getting another one of a different species, remember to
take into account the natural order of things. For example, cats and mice may not be the best mix of pets, even if the mice are kept in a cage in a room that usually
has the door closed. Its manageable - most of the time - but its also risky!
choosing a pet
make sure you do your homework before you acquire the pet.You owe it to yourself
and the pet(s). A poor choice inevitably leads to a stressed household and a stressed pet with an
under pressure. That is bad news for your pets health!
For another insight into choosing a pet, go to Pet-finder-and-pet-products Useful information on buying and looking after your pets, cats and dogs. This site also covers rodents, reptiles, goats, horses, fish, birds, farm animals, insects and other exotic pets.