Choosing the right pet

The best pets are those that make great companions.

There are many different types of pets that could be right for you and be a wonderful complement to your life.

Your pet choice should be based on what sort of animal suits your personality, works best with your lifestyle and matches your needs.

If you know you want a pet, but aren’t sure which would be best for you, this guide can help.

The needs and temperaments of animals vary greatly, as do those of the people who keep them. For example, some animals are better suited to pet keepers living in small quarters, such as flats.

Others will do best on very large properties, or where they have lots of room to run and play, and many pets fall somewhere in the middle.

Whether it’s a commonly kept pet such as a dog, cat or goldfish, a colourful and talkative parrot or perhaps a lizard, the animal you choose can bring you years of entertainment and happiness.

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Kinds of pets

When it comes to the types of animals that can be kept as pets, there are many to choose from.

Dogs and cats are the most common types of pets. They are the animals most people consider first, and they make some of the best pets. That’s because they have been kept as pets for thousands of years, making them domesticated and easy to train.

There are many types of dogs and cats available. There are numerous breeds to choose from, each with its own unique characteristics and temperament. Mixed breeds that are in need of a loving home can make a good pet choice too, and are readily available from your local SPCA.

Dogs and cats are generally simple to care for, and you can find all of the food and supplies you’ll need at your local pet store or grocery store.

Other types of Pets

Dogs and cats are just the tip of the iceberg. There are many lesser-known animals that come with certain advantages that can actually make them the best pets. For instance, renters may not be allowed to keep dogs or cats. However, landlords are not generally concerned with small aquatic and caged animals, because they are less messy and unlikely to cause property damage.

Considerations for choosing a pet

When taking on the responsibility of a pet, you and each member of the family must be willing to commit to providing a good home for it.

Find out how much time each family member can devote to the pet. Discuss each person’s responsibilities for animal’s care, feeding, grooming, exercise, socialisation and training. Determine who will be responsible for the expenses involved, and make certain that every need for the pet you’re considering will be met.

Narrowing down to your pet choice

When choosing a pet you can now narrow down your choices. From above, you’ve considered your lifestyle, the amount of space you have and your budget. You also know the amount of time you and your family can commit to the new addition. And you have determined what you want from a pet.


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