Your pet will become just like another member of your family. It’s important to learn about choosing the right pet for your family dynamics and needs. Take some time to think about your family and lifestyle and what kind of pet will best fit in. Before taking a pet into your home, here are some helpful questions to ask yourself.
Does Someone in Your Household Have Allergies?
Unfortunately, an allergy to the dander and/or saliva emanating from dogs and/or cats is not uncommon. In addition, if you have a family member who suffers from asthma, the wrong pet can make things worse. Choosing the right pet for those with allergies is a bit of a challenge, but it can be done.
- There are certain dog and cat breeds and other kinds of pets that are considered to be “low allergen.” Read about them here.
How Much Space Do You Have?
When choosing the right pet, it’s important to consider the size of your living space. For instance, a great dane that takes up half of your kitchen may not be the best choice if you reside in a small apartment. Neither is a very active dog that you may be constantly tripping over!
- It’s not just a question of pet size, as some small pets may be hyperactive and require more space to move around in.
How Much Work Are You Prepared to Put In?
Welcoming a pet into your home has many benefits, both physical and mental. However, a pet cannot look after itself, and some pets will involve a lot of work on your part. Dogs need training and exercise, and dogs, cats, and other animals need feeding, clean enclosures and litter boxes, and veterinary care.
- Note that long‑haired cats and dogs have special grooming needs to prevent matted fur.
Are You Wanting a Young Pet?
A puppies and kittens are adorable and in high demand. But they do require more responsibility and attentive care. This can involve socialization, potty or litter training, and neutering or spaying. Is your family in a position to be able to handle the demands of a young pet or should you get an older and calmer one?
- Keep in mind that cats of all ages need to scratch and don’t always differentiate between a scratch post and your furniture. Expect to face this to some degree if you decide to get a cat, young or old.
Can You Afford a Pet?
Pet care can be expensive – an average of $1,000 plus per annum to care for a cat and $3,000 for a dog. Take a hard look at your family budget, and be sure you can afford a pet.
- Some veterinarians offer affordable payment plans and other assistance for people on low incomes.
Help in Choosing the Right Pet
There is no doubt that living with a pet is one of life’s greatest joys, and picking a suitable one for your temperament and lifestyle is important. So, be honest with yourself about just how well you will perform as a pet parent, and how well your family is prepared for a pet addition. Remember there are some pets that require less time and money to take care of that may be best for your. Talk with your family about what type of pet may be best whether that’s a dog, cat, hamster, bird, reptile, etc.
- Click here for a quiz that can help you choose the right pet.
Facing the Loss of a Pet?
Experiencing the loss of a pet is never easy. If you’re in the area of Columbia, SC, let Midlands Pet Care provide your beloved pet with a caring burial or cremation. And even if you don’t live near us, visit our online shop for a memorial to honor your lost companion.