How to Choose a Pet
Pets can part of the family. If you won’t even take care of it as one of your own, then I suggest that you don’t own one. Some people even find comfort in them rather than with other people. So if you’re thinking of getting one, you might want to read on these few tips.
- The most common pets are either cats or dogs. People even are classified as dog people or cat people. As for myself, I like both. Dogs truly have that man’s best friend feel to them. Cats are extremely low-maintenance pets only I observe that they sometime act like they’re above you. Perhaps cats are not for people with low self-esteem. Haha. Or perhaps you might want to have some unconventional ones like parrots or iguanas. Your choice. Just be aware of what these animals are.
- When deciding on perhaps the common ones, like cats and dogs, put in mind that the cute little puppy or kitten you see in the pet store will grow up. Some breeds of dogs may seem like little furballs at first and then you’d have something even larger and heavier than you in a few months.
- So it’s a good idea to scout breeds that you may want to own. Some breeds even have behavioral profiles with them. Like how active they are, do they shed clumps of hair, is there an ideal temperature where they really thrive.
- You also may want to consult zoning laws into what types of pets are allowed. This wouldn’t be much of a problem if you have a house with a sprawling lawn. But this may come into consideration when you live in an apartment. Some spaces may even have policies against pets.
- Costs can also come into play with regard to pets. Remember that it’s not only buying the pet that counts as expense. There’s the food, grooming, immunization, and perhaps training to consider. Yes, there’s the love and attention factor too. If you don’t have intentions of breeding them, the pet may need to be spayed or neutered.
- Make sure that getting a pet becomes a family decision. Not only does it ensures that you’re getting the right pet but also, it gives everyone the responsibility for caring for it. It’s also a great opportunity to teach kids responsibility by caring for the pet. However, very young children shouldn’t be given any kind of pet, especially little critters like puppies, kittens, chicks, or hamsters. They can maul these little creatures to death with excessive handling (think Elmyra Duff in Tiny Toons).
- Finally, ask yourself if you really need a pet and if you can take care of it. Sometimes it’s just the attraction of that cute little furball that gets to us. Owning a pets is a big responsibility that you should be ready for.
May 7, 2007 Monday at 2:35 am