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Choosing a Pet – Getting it Right for You and Your Choice of Pet

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Choosing a Pet – Find the Perfect Pet for You

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If you are in the process of deciding whether or not to get a pet, you may find yourself asking several questions. They are usually along the lines of:

– What is the pet going to do for us?

– How is it going to change our lives?

– How is it going to fit in with our lives?

– What kind of pet do we want to get the greatest enjoyment out of them?

All valid questions, of course – and definitely ones you should consider at length.

However, you also need to ask yourself one vital one: “what can we offer to a pet?”

There is no right or wrong answer to this question. Whether you’re going for something more standard like a dog or delving into the world of exotic pets, you have many options in front of you. It can be tempting just to go with the animal that you find the cutest or most beguiling, and that seems to fit into your lifestyle. But that doesn’t make it a good fit for the animal in question – and this is something you all need to benefit from!

For a proper relationship of mutual pet ownership, consider what you can do for a pet – and what you can’t. Below, there are some of the biggest restrictions most of us have on pet ownership, and why they should rule certain species out for you. There is a pet to suit everyone, so don’t be disheartened if any of these apply to a species you had already set your heart on! There’s always other options, all the more adorable and waiting for love.

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“I can’t offer patience.”

We are told that patience is a virtue, and this is never more true than when dealing with our pets. If you are self-aware enough to know you are not a patient person, then you should avoid…

  • Cats, who are easily startled
  • Dogs, who may require training
  • Hedgehogs, who need gentle handling throughout their lives

And instead choose…

  • Fish, who are a constant
  • Ferrets, who will keep you on your toes
  • Tortoises, who get on with anyone

“I can’t offer time.”

If you’re time poor, then you should avoid…

  • Exotic or unusual pets, such as a pygmy hedgehog or a domesticated fox – who will need constant learning from rarer resources
  • Horses, who need daily care
  • Dogs, who require walking

And opt for…

  • Cats, who are more self-sufficient
  • Birds, for whom the same applies
  • Fish, who are best left to their own devices

“I can’t offer the ability to be bored.

It might sound odd, but it’s something to be aware of! If you’re worried you might lose interest in a pet; then it’s something to consider. Avoid…

  • Fish, who never change
  • Tortoises, who take things slow
  • Cats, who don’t thrive on attention

And instead choose…

  • Domesticated foxes and hedgehogs, who will never stop surprising you and requiring focus
  • Dogs, who can learn on the fly and thrill you with new tricks
  • Ferrets, who have ceaseless energy to expend

Only by knowing the areas we lack can we make the right decisions. The perfect pet is out there waiting for you, so what are you waiting for?

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Friday 9th of February 2018

Other issues to consider are your activity level and personal health. If you are allergic to cats, don’t get a cat — you will suffer and the cat may lose its home and end up in a shelter. At the same time, if you have a very small yard and don’t plan on walking or jogging every day, a large breed hunting-type dog may not be for you.

Alaina Bullock

Wednesday 14th of February 2018

Yes! I totally agree!

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