Your kids have been pestering you for months now, and you’ve finally decided to cave in to their demands for a pet. They’ve been sat them down and had the talk which included how much of a responsibility it is, and how everyone has to do their fair share. Cleaning and walking duties have been added to the family schedule. Now you’re faced with the most difficult decision: which type of animal is going to make the perfect pet for your family? You’ve probably already had some suggestions, but maybe an arctic fox or a baby orangutan won’t be suited to suburban life, so you’ll be looking for some more reasonable ideas. Here’s a quick guide to help you with your decision.
Don’t Make it an Impulse Purchase
Make sure you do plenty of research before you pay a visit to the pet store and don’t be tempted to make an impulse purchase of the first furry baby that captures your heart. Research the various species, breeds, temperaments, lifespan and how much care and attention are required. As well as considering the most obvious dog or cat, look into hamsters, gerbils, ferrets, rabbits, birds, reptiles or even fish.
Take Your Lifestyle into Consideration
Where you live and how you live your life can influence the type of pet you bring into your home. If you’re away from home for long periods of the day, a cat might be better than a dog as they don’t mind being alone for large parts of the day. If you’re considering a dog, do any of your family have allergies? Are you looking for a lap pet because you long for a cuddle at the end of the day? Have you thought about the arrangements when you go away on holiday, as it’s not always possible to take your pets with you? Luckily, there are dog walkers and dog daycare centres in most cities, including dog walking London. You also need to think about the adjustment period adopting a new pet brings because it can make quite a difference to family life.
There are thousands of abandoned animals looking for good homes, so you should consider adopting. In your local area, there may be an animal rescue centre. There are also a variety of overseas animal charities that are always looking for homes for abandoned pets.
If you haven’t had the chance to teach your kids about responsibility, bringing a pet into your home is the perfect opportunity. Make sure you include them in the care of your pet by letting them help with feeding, brushing, walking, and cleaning up after your new family member.
Think About Training
It is possible to buy a pet that’s already house-broken and if you buy a rescue, pet it may already be trained. Puppies and kittens, on the other hand, will require some training. You could train your pet yourself or take advantage of any training classes that are in your area.
One last thing you’ll need to consider – the name of your pet. If you’ve decided on a dog or a cat, choose the name wisely. Think about how you’ll feel standing in the park or your front garden calling out a name your kids have chosen. Sometimes it’s better to pick a name yourself!