Which Pet is Right for Your Family?
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Pets or companion animals are really fun to have at home. Aside from providing company, they also provide protection as well as numerous other benefits. When deciding to get a pet for the family, it is important that it is done right so as not to indirectly hurt any family member as well as the pet. Here are some tips on how to go about this.
Do the family members have erratic schedules? Are there times when no one is left at home? These questions should be asked because it could affect the pet you potentially buy. If the family members are always on the move, a pet that requires less maintenance should be considered. Pets like fishes and turtles, for example, don’t really need much attention and can be simply fed when the time comes.
Also, cleaning schedules as well as walks for dogs or cats can sometimes be bothersome. If there isn’t anyone willing to spend time for these, it would be best not to get a pet at all.
Buying a pet doesn’t mean spending a single lump sum at the start. It will take a chunk out of your monthly budget too. Food, for one, is an expected expense and will need to be stocked up on regularly. The habitat of the pet will also contribute to the overall expenses. Fishes, for example, will need aquariums with proper ventilation while dogs and cats will require separate spaces.
Also, it is also worth noting that there are annual vaccinations, vet checkups, medicines and the like that will be incurred throughout your pet’s lifetime. There are also additional service fees incurred like pet grooming, schooling, daycares, fitness activities and the like. If you feel that you aren’t financially stable yet, this should be put off until you are.
Is the family living in an apartment? Do you have a huge backyard? These things will matter when deciding on a pet to purchase. If you are in an apartment, there are certain limitations as to what pets you are allowed to have. In the event you have your own place, is there enough space for the pet to roam? If so, cats and dogs would be great. If you have confined quarters, you can consider small pets like hamsters or fishes.
Considering multiple pets? You will also need to consult with the family how they feel about it. There are also challenges involved with this. Getting two dogs, for example, can result in dog fights. Multi-cat and multi-dog households each have their own challenges and these should be carefully considered prior to making the move.
More often than not, the reason families get pets is to teach kids responsibility. While this can be accomplished by something as simple as a goldfish, some parents do tend to go overboard. Before purchasing anything, the kids’ allergies will need to be factored in as well as their personal interests. After all, getting them a parrot when they requested for a fish could sometimes lead to frustration, disinterest and hurt feelings.
The age of the kids also needs to be considered. If you plan on getting a dog and your kid is only 2, you’ll be better off with a small dog. Likewise, kids in their teens can handle multiple pets and may even have preference for unique ones.
Pets, especially ones from different owners or from pet stores and pounds, will need some time to adjust to the new neighborhood. Cats, for example, can take up to two weeks to get acquainted to new environments. This is crucial in making a decision as it helps you decide on getting a newborn pet or a grown one.
Choosing a family pet is a big leap for any family. Both parents and children are sure to enjoy having one or more pets. However, all the necessary factors should be considered so that both the pet and the family live comfortably alongside one another. Listing the pros and cons on a piece of paper is always a good idea. This can help the family limit the choices and make a vote easily thanks to the summary.
About the Author: Jordan Walker
Jordan is a writer of pet related blogs. His passion for animals is only matched by his love for ‘attempting’ to play the guitar.
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