Owning an animal is one of the best experiences you can have in life. Whether you’re yearning for a cuddly cat, an exotic bird or a loyal dog, you should learn as much as you can about pet ownership before getting started. That’s where this book comes in.
I’ll tell you everything you need to know about choosing the perfect pet for your family. I have lived with pets since the day I was born and I can’t ever imagine being without them again. Let me share my experience, wisdom and secrets with you.
In this book, you’ll find tons of tips and tricks about finding a great family pet. There are many things to consider when looking for your new best friend, starting with species and going all the way to individual animals’ personalities. I hope you’ll use this book to find your ideal pet.
1. Decide Your Level Of Commitment
Not all pets are the same. You need to evaluate how committed you are to pet ownership, especially for one that needs more attention and care, like a dog or a bird. It’s important to be honest with yourself, because if you take on something you can’t handle, it is unfair to the animal.
2. Know What You Can Afford
It can be fairly inexpensive to adopt a cat or even a dog, but other kinds of animals can cost a lot more. Make sure you can afford the kind of animal you want before you go out to get it. Some birds cost less than a hundred dollars, while others are thousands. Knowing your budget and what animals fit that budget is crucial.
3. Keep Pet Care Costs In Mind
Some pets require extra care, like grooming, that can become costly. You also need to factor in items like food and vet visits. It’s important to think about the future and the chance that your pet will need special health care, but even more important to make sure you can afford the basic requirements of caring for your pet.
4. Make Sure You Have The Space At Home
If you want to adopt a dog, make sure there is plenty of space for it to run around. A fenced-in backyard is ideal for dogs. Cats and smaller animals are good options for people with less space. If you are interested in aquatic animals, like fish or turtles, make sure there’s room for the size of aquarium you’ll need.
5. Figure Out What Pet Matches Your Lifestyle Needs
If you travel often, a dog might not be the best pet for your life. If you have many small children in your house, you probably shouldn’t get a rabbit. Think about your lifestyle and what types of pets would fit into it. If you’re away often, having fish that a friend or neighbor could drop in to feed is a better choice than having a dog that won’t adjust well to your life.
6. Know How Much Time You Have To Care For The Animal
Do you work very long or erratic hours? If so, you might reconsider getting a dog or cat and get fish or reptiles that can handle your hours. Animals like dogs and cats need owners with more structured or reliable lives. It can be hard to accept that a dog might not be right for your current life if that’s all you want, but think about the animal’s life. It’s not fair to subject them to a life that isn’t right for them.
7. Spend Time With Your Potential Pet
Never agree to adopt or get your heart set on a pet that you’ve only seen online or heard about from a friend. You can’t tell if you’ll get along with an animal until you meet it in person. Any reputable person or organization will let you spend time with an animal before making the decision to adopt.
8. Look For Signs Of Good Health
The signs of good health in an animal vary based on factors like species, breed and age, so it’s important to do research on the kind of pet you want. Make sure, before adopting, that your future pet is in good health. No one wants to go through the tragedy of losing a new pet.
9. Understand Your Adoption Contract
Read through an adoption contract thoroughly before signing it. It’s important to know exactly what you’re signing up for. Make sure you can bring the animal back if it doesn’t work out with your family (but realize this hurts your chances of adopting again in the future, and it’s an extreme last resort). Some places may also require that you spay or neuter a young pet with a certain veterinarian in order to get a reduced rate – if the contract doesn’t mention it, ask.
10. Know What Your Family Can Handle
Make sure there are no pet allergies before adopting. Consider other aspects of your family as well. Your family might not be able to deal with a calm, easily scared bunny if your household is very noisy and busy.
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