There are so many choices of companions out there that it might be difficult to choose one that is right for you and the purpose of this article is to help you make that decision. Here are five things to ask yourself before getting a new pet.
Of course, the species is the most important choice but that one is decided by preference. If you are a dog person then the decision is clear and it’s the same if you love cats. Then comes the sex and this is also a matter of preference as well as the matter of the pet’s age.
How Busy Are You?
A pet is a delight but also a responsibility and if you get a younger animal then the time you need to spend taking care of him, training and exercising will be quite extensive so this is an important determinant in the choice of breed and age.
Do You Have a Lot of Patience?
Puppies in particular tend to do a lot of damage to their environment and this might anger some persons, so think about the place where you will host the pet and how he could interact with it. You want to keep precious things away from him and also take away anything that could do harm.
How Much Time Do You Spend At Home?
If you leave a pet by itself from the first days when he is put in your home then their first attempts will be to escape, make a lot of noise or start wrecking things, while an older pet usually tries to nap if left unattended, so take this into consideration.
Are You An Active Person?
Some breeds of dogs and most cats don’t like to run around too much and if you like to train a lot this might be a problem. If you run or go on bike rides a lot then a larger dog should be the best choice and younger ones have a lot more energy, so pick one that will suit your active lifestyle.
What Are You Looking For In A Pet?
This one is quite generic, but think about the activities you want to enjoy with your pet. Do you want someone for your kids, someone you can relax with or someone to exercise with? Asking this question and imagining what a daily routine would be should tell you a lot about the comfort of your pet and about how the two of you will get along.