Choosing a pet that fits in perfectly with your family can be difficult. There are many factors to consider before you bring a pet home to your family. You should ask yourself the following questions before you commit to anything:
- Is my home the right size to add an animal?
- Will everyone in the household be able to live with the hair?
- Will this pet pose a risk to my family/children?
- How often will my pet be inside/outside of the house?
- How physically active am I? Do I need to change my activity habits for my pet?
- How much time can I devote to the pet?
- Do I have the financial resources for possible veterinary bills?
- Can someone care for my pet if I decide to travel without them?
- Can I withstand the noise level that the pet will introduce to my home?
If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed after reading some of these questions, that is a good thing. It is better that you don’t have a pet or delay getting a pet than to get one and be unprepared for a change in lifestyle.
Choosing a dog for your home
Below are some tips for adding a dog or a puppy to your home:
- Dogs are very social creatures and will require that you spend a significant amount of time with them each day. Leaving them alone with no form of entertainment or exercise can lead to bad behaviors.
- Each dog breed has different behaviors and needs. If you are set on getting a specific breed, make sure that you have researched it thoroughly before you commit to owning it. For more information dog breeds, please visit the American Kennel Club website.
Bringing a new cat to your home
Thinking of adding a kitty to your home? Here are some things to consider:
- Cats are less social than dogs, but they still require significant attention. Not giving your cat the attention it needs can lead it to get bored and destructive.
- Cats can have differing personalities. Some will want to be held, others will try to scratch you to death if you touch them. Make sure you are familiar with the cat’s personality before you bring it to your home, especially if you have young children.
- Speaking of scratching, cats need to scratch. Some consider it cruel to declaw your cat, and it is debate that this can also cause them pain. Consider buying a scratching post, otherwise your furniture will become one.
- Most cats will use a litter box without hesitation, however, be sure to keep it clean and change it often.
Final thoughts on choosing a pet
To sum it up, research and commitment. The more you know about your pet before they are in your home, the better prepared you will be. This will help you to have a smoother transition when you bring a new cat or dog home. Remember, most dogs and cats can live 10 or more years. Make sure that you can commit to this many years and give them the care they need.