Want To Add A New Companion To Your Home?
Deciding whether or not to get a pet is a common question among animal lovers – and for good reason! Pets are a wonderful addition to any home and can provide years of love, joy and companionship.
Whether you have grown up with animals or are becoming a first-time owner, becoming a pet parent is a big responsibility. It is a significant decision that brings plenty of responsibilities. From daily feeding and walking to regular vet check-ups, there is a lot to consider before taking the plunge.
While planning to add a new furry family member to your home can be exciting, it is important to ensure that you are 100% ready for the commitment. Pets require time, effort and lots of love! To help you make the decision, we outline a few key points to keep in mind:
You've Done The Research
When deciding to adopt a new pet it is important to do your research. Not all animals are created equal and each type has unique needs and personalities. It is essential to learn about the animal you are interested in to make sure that they will be a compatible fit for your lifestyle, personality and home.
The research will also reveal the types of illnesses and conditions your chosen pet is predisposed to. This ensures that you are prepared to handle any potential health concerns that may arise in the future. There is no such thing as being too prepared!
You've Got The Time
Pets require time and attention. They need to be fed, exercised and played with on a regular basis. You will also need to factor in time for regular vet check-ups, dental appointments and the occasional trip to the groomers.
If you have a strict and packed schedule, you may want to reconsider getting a pet. They say that a dog is for life, not just for Christmas, so it is important to make sure that you have the time to commit to the care and love a pet will need.
You've Got The Money
Pets can be expensive. In addition to the initial adoption fee, you will need to budget for routine costs such as food, bedding, collars/leashes, toys, and grooming supplies.
You will also need to factor in the cost of routine vet check-ups, vaccinations, deworming and unexpected medical bills.
If you are unable to commit to the financial responsibility of a pet, you may want to consider alternatives such as volunteering at a local animal shelter first.
You've Got The Space
Pets need space to roam, play and exercise. If you live in a small apartment or do not have access to a backyard, a pet may not be the best fit for your home.
It is important to consider the size of your home and whether or not your pet will have enough space to move around. Remember, a pet that is cooped up all day is more likely to become restless, destructive and unhappy!
You're Ready For The Mess
Pets can be messy! From food and water bowls to shedding fur and occasional accidents, you need to be prepared for a little extra cleaning. If you are not willing to deal with the mess, a pet may not be the best option for you.
Your Home Is Ready
Much like young children, pets are likely to get into places they shouldn’t. Before bringing your new pet home, it is important to do a quick check around the house to make sure that all pesticides, cleaning products, poisonous plants and medications are out of reach.
You should also take the time to kitten/puppy-proof your home by hiding cords, removing small objects and blocking off access to any dangerous areas.
You Are Able To Commit For a Decade Or Longer
Pets will be with you for their entire lives. Dogs typically have a lifespan of 10-12 years, while cats can live up to 15 years or longer. This means that you need to be prepared for the long haul! Are you willing to commit to taking care of your pet for their entire life?
Choosing The Right Pet For Your Lifestyle
Now that you know what to consider before getting a pet, it’s time to choose the right animal for your lifestyle. Some pets and their breeds will be more active than others. Some pets may require more training and attention, whereas others are relatively independent. Finding the right pet for your lifestyle will ensure both you and your new companion are happy and content.
Here are a few questions to ask yourself when choosing a pet:
- What type of personality do you have?
- Do you live an active lifestyle or prefer a more relaxed lifestyle?
- How much space do you have in your home?
- Are you an experienced pet owner, or is this your first pet?
- Do you have any allergies?
Once you have considered all of these factors, you will be able to narrow down your options and choose the pet that is best suited for your lifestyle.
If you live an active lifestyle, you will want a pet that can keep up with you! Dogs are a great option for active people as they require regular exercise and enjoy being outdoors.
Breeds such as Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds and Border Collies make great companions for active pet owners as they require lots of exercise and space to run around.
If you are looking for a smaller pet that can keep up with your active lifestyle, consider a breed of cat such as the Bengal or the Siamese. These breeds are known for being playful, energetic and active.
Similarly, age will play a role in their suitability for your lifestyle. Younger pets like kittens and puppies will require more attention and care than older pets.
If you prefer a more relaxed lifestyle, you will want a pet with lower energy levels. Pets such as cats, guinea pigs, and bunnies make great companions for people with a relaxed lifestyle as they require less activity and exercise. However, exercise is still important for these pets and you should make sure to provide them with plenty of space to move around.
Some dog breeds also make for great companions for individuals with a more passive lifestyle. These include the English bulldog, pug and Shih Tzu are wonderful companions for couch cuddling and lazy afternoons.
Bring Your New Pet Home
Pets can be a wonderful addition to any home, but it is important to make sure that you are ready for the responsibility. Take the time to consider your lifestyle and needs before choosing a pet. With a little bit of research, you will be able to find the perfect furry friend for you!
If you are unsure whether you are ready for a pet or your chosen companion is right for your lifestyle, consider talking to your vet. At the House Call Vet, we will be able to offer guidance and advice on choosing the right pet for you.