This week’s guest post is from Mary Nielsen. Mary is a passionate dog lover and she operates the website MySweetPuppy.net.
As a family, everyone has decided being pet owners is a good idea. Now that the hard part is out of the way, you can focus on the even harder part, what pet is best for your family? Read on for a few instances you should take into consideration to help you find the perfect pet for your family.
Where does your experience lie? Maybe you know more about cats than dogs or more about fish than birds. Assess your knowledge with the pets the family is okay with owning. If no one in the family has experience owning any pet, conduct as much research as possible to become familiar with potential pets and their way of life.
If you live in an apartment, you may be limited to the type and breed of pet you can have. Living in an apartment could mean the size of the pet is restricted as well as paying a pet fee. If you live in an apartment, make sure you stick to the guidelines of being a pet owner. If you own or rent your home, you may have more freedom as to what pets you can own. Weigh the options of your living situation with each pet you are considering. Some pets need ample space to run around and let out energy. If you have a small home, you may have a backyard that the pet can use during the day to release energy and get exercise. Is your home near a busy street? Is your neighborhood quiet? Do your neighbors own pets? These are a few questions you will want to ask yourself before you own any kind of pet. Some neighbors are fine with their neighbors owning pets, but dogs that constantly bark or cats that frequently get into things can be annoying and cause problems for you and your neighbors.
Primary Caretaker and Responsibility
When you are choosing a pet, make sure you establish the primary caretaker. Although all family members will help care for the pet, there should be at least one person who handles the bulk of the responsibility for caring for the pet. The person who has the most experience with caring for the pet of choice is ideal for the primary caretaker.
Budgeting and Cost for Care
Caring for any animal is expensive. The best pet for your family will be one that you can afford to care for. If your family has decided a fish is the best pet, you have to consider the tank for the fish, if it lives in fresh water or salt water, its size, and if it gets along with other fish. Some animals are more expensive to care for than others, so consider your finances before you make your final decision.
Do you want your pet to be big or small? Keep in mind that a puppy will be small for a short period of time. Once it is an adult, the size may change. There are some pets that never change in size, and there are some that drastically change with each year of life. Research the pets that interest you and your family and see which pets are ideal for you.
Shelter or Breeder
You may decide to get a pet from a shelter or a breeder. Getting a pet from a breeder will be more expensive, but most of the time, the pets have had shots and a thorough vet visit before you take them home. When you get a pet from the shelter, most of them are already grown and set in their ways. If you are getting your pet from a breeder, the pet is usually young enough to train the way you want and instill certain things within them. Keep this in mind when you are selecting a pet.
Breed and Characteristics
You need to consider the breed and its characteristics before you provide a home for the pet. Cats and dogs are the most common household pets and they are available in different breeds. Each breed has different characteristics, and you need to know them before you welcome a pet into your home. Some pets get along with pets while others do not. Some pets are ideal for children while others should not be in a home where children live or frequently visit. If you have other pets or children, make sure you are not putting your family in harm’s way by getting a pet that is not ideal for your situation. The characteristics of the pet should match the family’s traits and characteristics as much as possible. It will not be a perfect match, but as long as there are a few things in common, both the pet and family will be happy.
If you have children in your home, make sure you teach them how to care for a pet and treat them before you bring the pet home. This will help your child gain an understanding about the things they should and do not do to or with the pet. You will need to teach the pet to love the child and not harm it.
About the Author
Mary Nielsen is a passionate dog lover, blogger and part-time music teacher. She started MySweetPuppy.net to share her ups and downs of being a pet parent to a bunch of adorable mutts. When she is not playing with them or teaching, you can find her experimenting in the kitchen.