Pets bring so much to your life. Whether you are considering a pet to fill an empty spot in your heart or your home, or you want a pet to help teach your children life lessons about responsibility and love, adding a pet will enrich your life in many different ways. The first choice you must make is deciding what type of pet will best fit into your lifestyle.
Before You Commit to a New Pet
When choosing a pet, you need to examine your lifestyle and answer the following questions:
– How much time can you devote to training your new pet now and into the future
– Do you want a pet with a long (50 years or more) or shorter life span
– Can you afford the extra expense that pets bring (food, health care, toys, pet care when you travel, etc)
– Is your home pet-friendly (do you have a yard, expensive furniture, poisonous plants, etc)
– Are you ready to commit to daily interaction with your pet, whether it is daily walks or playing, or just snuggle time. Honest answers to these questions will help you with your next choice.
What Type of Pet Should You Choose
There are countless different types of pets to choose from, depending on your lifestyle. Dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, fish, horses, reptiles, pigs, hamsters, etc. Before you commit to a certain type of animal, make sure you do your research and know exactly what your new pet will need to stay happy and healthy. Know what the best type of pet food is, what regular health care you will need to keep your new pet healthy, what exercise they will need, etc. Dogs need more attention then fish. Cats need an indoor litter box and scratching posts if you want to keep your furniture and woodwork intact. Pigs are highly intelligent animals that need human interaction and mental stimulation. Horses obviously need more space than hamsters. Even reptiles come with their own set of needs that you must consider before you commit to a particular type of animal.
Have Everything in Place for a Smooth Transition
Once you decide on your new pet, have everything all set up for a smooth transition for both your family and your pet. Find your veterinarian in advance, and take your new pet in for their first check-up. Schedule routine visits for immunizations, tick and flea control, spaying or neutering, and microchips for proper ID.
If you choose your pet wisely, you will bring each other years of joy and love. Do your research in advance for a smooth fit for your entire family.