If you are considering a new pet in the home, whether it is because you want some company or because the kids have been asking for one for a long time, you need to sit down and consider four important things first.
Think about where you would like the pet to live – indoors or outdoors. Will it need a cage or other structure? Think about the requirements of the particular pet. Is it a small hamster that will live in a cage, or are you getting an energetic dog that needs room to run and play? Are there any laws that may prohibit you from owning a pet? These could be state laws where dangerous pets are concerned or it may simply be a rule of the building where you live.
The cost of buying the pet is just the beginning of your expenses. You may need insurance to cope with vet bills, you may need to buy a cage and accessories, then there are ongoing food bills and grooming costs. As you are starting to realize, there is a lot involved in owning a pet and taking care of it properly.
You should be planning to spend some time with the pet, otherwise what’s the point of getting one in the first place? Different pets need different amounts of time dedicated to them. For instance certain birds, reptiles, spiders and the like do not need an hour of play a day, but a dog definitely does. Certain pets are happy to sleep most of the time and only care that they have food and shelter. Other sociable animals like dogs, cats and monkeys or horses need to be around people for a good part of the day and can exhibit disturbing behavior if left alone a lot.
The people sharing your home must be considered too. Are they scared of your pet? How do they feel about taking care of it when you are not there? Some pets are not suitable for families with children, for instance large snakes, venomous spiders, aggressive dog breeds and others. Always consider whether your pet can be enjoyed safely by the whole family.
After careful consideration you will be ready to choose your pet. Look in the classifieds for a healthy pet from a reputable seller. Remember to check animal rescues and adoption centers where you can give some poor animal a good home.
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