Owning a pet can be such a joyous experience. There is nothing better than watching your pet grow and having another member of your family to love. There are so many different types of pets that you could choose from but, before you head to the shelter or the pet store, you must consider what it really takes to be a good pet owner.
Before adopting any new pet, you must do your research. There are many factors that go into choosing the right pet for your and your family. The time that you have available is a key factor. If you work from home, this will be easier for you. However, if you work outside of your home, you must remember how many hours you typically spend away from your home. Your lifestyle is another factor. If you like to take unplanned vacations or travel a lot for work, what type of pet works best for that lifestyle. Children are a consideration too. You will want to find a pet that does best with the age of the children that you do have. Safety is important for both your child and your new pet.
Some pets require little attention, such as a fish, while others, like a dog require tons of attention. Many pet owners rehome their pets because of time. Pets need time. Cats and fish need less time because the don’t require house training, like dogs do. Dogs have to be trained when and where they can use the bathroom. That requires a ton of time to successfully train a dog. Owners who are gone 12 hours a day aren’t best suited for dogs because dogs need to be taken out to use the bathroom, play, and have time to eat and drink. Cats on the other hand will use a litter box and can roam freely and eat and drink as they need to.
Allergies are one of the top reasons that pets are rehomed. Many people do not realize that they are allergic until the pet is in the home and bonding has began. If you don’t think that you or any members in your home have allergies, the best way to find out is to spend time with that type of animal. You can visit a friend or family’s pet or volunteer at a shelter.
Grooming & Healthcare & Needs
Dogs and cats needs some sort of grooming. Whether it is nail clips, a bath, trimming, ear cleaning, or teeth cleaning, your pets will need some grooming which involves going to a grooming shop or a veterinary.
Pets, like children, can get sick or injured and may need to see a vet to be taken care of. The vet may prescribe medication also. There are preventive medications and vaccinations that your vet may need to take monthly or yearly.
Your pet will require special food. Many times you will be able to pick their food up at your local grocery store. However, just like your diet, you may want to improve the quality of their food to ensure that they are the healthiest that they can be. This means that you will need to research different types of pet foods to find what works best for them. High quality food, like orijen dog food, will help their overall long term health.
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Before jumping into pet ownership think about why you want a pet. Next, decide what type of pet you think you want. After you decide on the type of pet, find out if you are best suited for it. If you have considered all of the factors, it is time to get your pet. Before heading to a pet store, visit your local shelter to see if you are able to help an animal in need.