Bringing an animal into your life and the life of those who also live under your roof can bring you a great amount of joy. If this is something you have been considering for a while, you might be a little stuck trying to figure out what kind of pet would be best for your family. In order to find out the answer to this query, we have put together some helpful information so that we can assist you. Continue reading below to find helpful tips from Waggin’ Tails Co. on how you can pick the proper animal for your home.
Questions To Ask Before Picking Out A Pet
Since every pet is quite different, there are a number of different things you need to consider before choosing which animal you should purchase. Since animals vary in regards to things like amount of care, feeding, cost, housing and demands on your time, you have to know what you are capable of before becoming responsible for a certain pet.
Here are some questions you might want to consider asking yourself as you start to think about what type of pet would be best for you:
- What animal is best for the type of home you live in? Do you have a lot of space or very little?
- Can you handle a pet that sheds a lot?
- Is a litter box something you want in your home? Will the smell bother you?
- Are you willing to deal with some of the wear and tear certain pets cause?
- If you have children, how will a pet affect them? Does anyone else in your home have any allergies?
- If you live in a rental property, do you have permission from the property owner to own a pet?
- How much time do you have to spend with a pet?
- What is your personal activity level? Will you be able to provide certain animals with enough exercise?
- Do you have the financial resources to care for a pet? What if there is an emergency? Can you pay to take your animal to the vet?
- Do you have someone in your life who can act as a secondary caregiver if you are out of town or if you have to leave your home for longer than normal on an average day?
- Where are you going to get your pet? We always encourage families to adopt as there are so many animals in need of homes that are currently being held in local shelters.
Dogs & Puppies
Dogs are probably the most social of pets you can adopt. They do not like being left alone for long periods of time and they need a good amount of attention to remain happy. If you are considering getting a dog, you should think about whether or not you have several hours a day during which you can spend with your pet.
You will also want to think about what kind of dog you want to get as well. If you want a puppy, you need to realize that it is a huge commitment. Puppies cannot be left alone all day long. This means, if you have a full-time job and you are the only person living in your home or able to take care of a puppy, you may want to consider getting an older dog.
Alternatively, if you are thinking about getting a specific kind of dog, you should consider reading up on different breeds and what characteristics come with said breeds. However, do not take these descriptions at face value always. There are certain breeds that have bad reputations. We would suggest pursuing any type of dog you want because, at the end of the day, every dog has its own temperament and personality.
Another very important thing to think about if you are considering getting a dog is how much space you have in your home and what your lifestyle is. If you live in a tiny apartment or you very rarely find yourself at home, getting a big dog is not a good idea. Your dog will become restless and likely depressed being confined to such a small space for such long periods of time.
Dogs can also be expensive, so ensure that you are monetarily secure before you invest in a canine pal. Costs that are associated with dogs include but are not limited to food, toys, leashes, collars, a crate, grooming, training, spaying/neutering, routine veterinary care, and boarding.
Cats & Kittens
Many people think that cats are not social at all or that they hardly ever like attention. While this certainly does apply to some felines, it certainly does not apply to all. Sure, cats are far less high-maintenance than dogs are, but they still need their owner to make time for them. Cats need to be played with and pet regularly if they are going to be happy.
Getting a cat can be fairly expensive as well. You will have to pay for food, toys, cat litter, a litter box, spaying or neutering, vet care, and more.
It is also important to note that cats can live for quite some time. The average cat will live for 15 years or more, making this pet a long-term commitment.
One one hand, birds are extremely beautiful and interesting creatures. On the other hand, they are not the easiest pets to care for. Because birds are so intelligent, they require a lot of attention and plenty of socialization. Birds are also flock animals, which means if you are going to get one, you may want to consider getting another so that your bird can have a friend.
Know this, however, birds like parrots can live for 50+ years, meaning they are potentially a lifelong commitment. Be sure that you are ready for that sort of commitment before purchasing a bird as a pet for you or your family.
Need Accessories For Your New Pet?
If you decide that a dog is the right choice for you, as mentioned previously, you’re going to need plenty of supplies and more. If you are in the market for leashes or collars, make sure you start shopping at Waggin’ Tails Co. right now! We have the very best in dog accessories!