Humans have been keeping companion animals since the dawn of history. Usually they were meant to be useful in some way. A dog could help in a hunt, a cat could keep pests away etc. Nowadays, most people keep pets simply because of the lovely feeling they give us. Animal enthusiasts the world over can tell you how wonderful they feel when their pet greets them when they get home from work. However, if you are planning on a getting a new pet to love and keep you company, there are a few key things you will want to keep in mind. Here are a few helpful tips to help you find the perfect pet for your lifestyle:
How Much Time Do You Have To Devote To Your Pet?
This is one of the chief concerns when getting a pet. If you aren’t home much of the day, or if you don’t have the time to spend long hours with your pet, you will need to find a rather low maintenance pet. Think about the kind of pets you usually see hanging out with people. Dogs and cats are pretty sociable animals and dogs especially need a lot of human interaction to be happy. If you don’t have at least an hour or more out of your day when you can get out to exercise your dog, train them and play with them, then it might not be fair to the dog if you decide to take on a responsibility you are ill equipped to fulfill.
Cats are a little different. They get house trained pretty quick and they don’t need much more exercise than dashing out from under your bed to attack your socks or jumping up on your couch. However, while many cats are very independent and don’t mind spending most of the day unattended, other cats may feel lonely if you leave them in the house all by themselves. Since each cat has a different personality, it is important to take this into account when you decide to get a cat.
One solution to this, if you decide you want a cat or dog, is to get an older animal. Kitties and puppies are cute, but you never really know what you are getting personality-wise. With an older animal, you will be able to see what their temperament is like, already, and then judge whether this is inline with the type of person you are and the type of commitment you can make towards your pet.
If you don’t think you have the time for the care and maintenance of one of these pets, it’s better to get a lower maintenance pet. Reptiles, fish, crabs and animals in the rodents family, like gerbils, rats and hamsters, are usually pretty easy to take care of. It will take about fifteen minutes out of your day to feed them and you’ll probably need to clean the tank or cage at least once a week or so. Some birds can be pretty low maintenance, you simply need to check if they have food and water and keep their cage clean. Others can be VERY high maintenance, like larger parrots or exotic birds like Lories that eat fruit and can be quite messy.
What Is Your Budget?
Most animals are pretty inexpensive to feed, but you will need to think about other expenses like veterinarian bills and pet insurance if you are renting an apartment. Many landlords charge a pet-deposit for any animal other than fish. This can be pretty hefty; often in the range of $300. So even if you get a pet as a gift from someone, you will still have to “pay for it”.
Exotic animals like large birds or fancy fish are often not only initially expensive, they can also be expensive to care for as they may need special food or other things to keep them happy and healthy.
What Is Your Schedule?
Something that is not always considered when choosing a pet, is whether they are nocturnal or diurnal. If you work during the day, and your pet is a nocturnal animal like a hamster or cat, when you come home you will expect to go to sleep. However, your pet will expect to play!! Many times I have been woken at night by my cat playing “catch” with my feet. If you have a hamster and you keep the cage or tank in your room, you will likely be annoyed by the little “squeaks” that will constantly come from the hamster wheel or ball.However, if you are usually up at night, these kind of pets can be welcome companions when most of the rest of the world around you is quiet and sleeping.
Whatever pet you choose, the most important thing is that you think not only of what you want in a pet, but what that particular pet needs from you. Even the most loving pet owners can be neglectful because they simply don’t have the time or proper knowledge to care for their pet. If you are interested in a certain animal as a pet, do your research and find out as much as you can about that animal. Once you are armed with this information, you will be able to judge whether or not this pet is the one for you!
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