Do not consider an animal to be just a pet, consider that they will be a new member of your family and they have needs just like you do. Know how to choose the right pet before you bring an animal home and you will be off to the right start.
The first things you must consider are your lifestyle and living situation. Do you have a lot of free time or are you away from home often? If you live in an apartment, you will need to find out if pets are allowed. If you are away from home a lot, you will need to consider that as well. You need to consider if you have time to spend with a dog, playing, walking daily and training. Choosing the right pet is much like choosing the best paint color for your home. Thankfully our friends over at Summit Painting had made the paint process very easy. But reading this article, we hope to make the process of choosing a pet as easy as possible!
If you decide a dog is a right animal for you then you must decide if you want a large or small breed. Consider your living situation when making this decision. If you live in a small apartment, you may not want a large dog. Large dogs have a great deal of energy and in a small living space, they cannot expel it. If you live in a home with a yard, you can choose any size dog that you prefer provided you have more space available for the animal and a yard to play in.
If you are away from home often, you need to consider this regardless of what animal you would like to own. All pets require attention and care daily and also some social interaction. If you have a busy lifestyle, perhaps a cat would be a better choice for you. Cats do not seem to mind if you are not home all the time, but dogs require more attention and affection from you. If you do not meet the animal’s needs, you may come home to find your sofa chewed to pieces, accidents on the floor, or other disruptive behavior issues. Cats do not require daily walks like dogs do and may just be the right pet for a person who does not have much free time.
Another important thing to keep in mind is your finances. Can you afford a pet? Make sure you take into consideration that every pet will come with expenses. Food, beds, vet bills, toys, etc… all need to be considered. Animals do require some of their own personal belongings to be happy. Pet food alone adds up in a monthly budget expense so make sure you know you can afford the expenses that come along with being a pet owner.
Once you have figured out which animal will make your family complete, I recommend getting your new family member from a shelter in your area. There are lots of homeless animals in shelters that would love to for you to bring them home.