Whether you are a first-time pet owner, or you already have an existing family of furry friends, finding a new pet to take home is an exciting experience!
It is really important to make sure we are responsible pet owners and properly consider what type of animal would be best suited to our lifestyles, in order for you and your new companion to have a happy life together. All animals are different and pet owners need to make sure they provide for their pets’ needs.
We have compiled some tips below to help you choose the pet that’s best suited for you, and help you to become the purr-fect owner!
Living space will play a large role in choosing the right type of pet for you; a huge Great Dane living in a flat isn’t going to be very practical! All pets will need to be provided with a sheltered living area that is well ventilated, dry and draft free to prevent them getting ill. If you are considering getting a cat, you will need to decide whether they will be allowed to venture outside once they’ve had their vaccinations, or if you’d like to keep them as a house cat. Small spaces can often lead to bored pets, so you’ll need to ensure that you provide lots of toys and stimulation if they are going to be kept indoors. For smaller animals such as rabbits, hamsters and guinea pigs, these will need to be provided with bedding materials and a cage or a hutch – you’ll need to make sure you have sufficient space to store all of these materials.
You might have your heart set on getting a puppy, but it’s crucial to think about time restraints and how much time you will realistically have to care for them. Do you work at home or far away? Do you work long hours? These questions can be very important in choosing the type of pet for you. Dogs can’t be left alone for long periods and need to be walked daily. Larger dogs will need more exercise than smaller breeds. Cats are more independent creatures so would be better suited to a person who works full-time.
Kittens and puppies might seem more appealing, but unless you have the time or inclination to train them and tend to their needs, we would suggest looking at older cats and dogs for adoption. Not only are older pets more likely to be house trained, they are less likely to chew and scratch the furniture!
If you have done your research and made up your mind on the animal, it is important to think about where you will get them from – will it be a breeder, friend or animal charity? When choosing a breeder, it is best to verify their credentials; not only do you want to have a great animal, you want to be certain your new pet has come from a home that was filled with love. Animal charities and veterinary practices can point you in the right direction for good breeders.
For further information and advice, feel free to contact a member of our team – they will be only too pleased to assist you!
Posted June 28, 2016 in Pet Care Advice