Getting a family pet can be a very exciting time for all the family, but choosing the right pet is crucial to how long that excitement is maintained. Pets can be very demanding. They are living beings that need love, care, and attention just like us, so it is important that you collectively choose something that is right for everyone.
This piece will offer a basic guide to getting a family pet so you can make the right choice.
Time is of The Essence
All pets require time, but not all time is equal. For example, having a couple of goldfish is far more low maintenance than having a cat, but you will still need to make the time to clean out their tank, make sure the water is of a balanced and safe PH, maintain important accessories such as the filter, and make sure they are fed twice a day. And this is just for the fish that do not require any special attention or equipment. However, dogs and birds, for example, require a lot more care and interaction. Not only do you need to walk dogs at least once a day, but some breeds can also require hours of exercise, whereas birds need a lot of handling and attention to be kept happy and healthy.
Costs when choosing a pet need to be considered, no matter how small. The initial price of your new pet is one thing but keeping on top of their care is an ongoing cost. Among these costs are regular food and supplements, bedding, toys, microchips and jabs, and medication, to name a few. You might even want to invest in technology that can help keep them safe and give you peace of mind, such as DogWatch. Their home setup also needs to be considered, along with how likely it will need to be replaced, if they are likely to grow out of it or chew it up, for example.
Taking out insurance for your pet is commonplace, which adds another monthly bill to your existing costs, and if you choose not to go down that route, other vet trips and treatments can add up depending on what the issue is.
Do You Have the Space?
Having an adequate amount of space for an animal is an important part of their health and well-being. In fact, you might be surprised to learn that animals need more space than is often suspected. Hamsters, in particular, need much more space for a good quality of life than traditional cages often allow, so be sure to do independent research about what any animal you choose may need, and only go ahead if you can give them the space they need and deserve.
If you are buying a pet for your children, you are still responsible for the pet. Make sure you are prepared to take care of everything at any time as an adult, even if you set rules and expectations for your family.
Now you know what to consider before you get a family pet.