Key Considerations When Choosing Family Pets (Dogs, Cats etc.)

The lively nature of pets, makes them a great source of happiness and love to their owners, besides providing companionship. However, their ownership comes with responsibilities which require money, time, patience, as well as lifelong commitments. If you are considering bringing a pet into your family, these key considerations can help you know the right one to buy.

Cost

Before you decide to buy or adopt a family pet, consider the finances of your family, whether you’re capable of taking good care of it comfortably. Besides the initial adoption costs, there are other costs you’ll need to cater for like medical care, grooming costs, as well as pet supplies (like food, collar tags and toys). All these costs can add up to a sizeable portion of your monthly budget.

You’ll even incur more costs with larger pets like dogs, which are likely to stay with you for many years. This is because the older they get, the more the expenses increase. A larger dog will eat more food than a smaller one, and this means more money.

Since pets can fall ill anytime, it’s also important that you consider taking a pet insurance to help you will the vet bills.

Lifestyle

Consider your lifestyle, whether your preferred pet will be able to fit into it. For instance, if you travel a lot, you need to find the kind of pet that will be comfortable traveling along with you. I’m sure you don’t want to be leaving your animal most of the time at a pet care facility or at home alone.

Activity Level

How active are you and your family? Do you enjoy staying at home watching television, or going out for walks? If you’re a couch potato, go for less active animals such as cats (preferably older ones). However, if you’re full of energy, you may want to consider a Jack Russell or Dalmatian dog.

Time

Some pets like dogs and cats need daily attention and interaction from their owners, therefore before going to pet shops or rescue centers to buy or adopt one, consider the amount of time you can afford to spend with it.

If you’re always traveling either for work, business or pleasure and you’re determined to have a dog, you’ll have to hire the services of doggy day care centers or dog walkers, to ensure that it’s properly cared for while you’re away.

Age

Consider both the age of your family members and that of the pet you’re about to bring home. Do you have small children? Consider how they’ll react to your preferred animal, and whether the animal is gentle with kids. It may not be a good idea to buy aggressive animals that might harm your kids in your absence.

Also, think about how long the animal is likely to live. Are you ready for instance, to care for a dog for the coming 10 or so years? Older animals may come with their own routine of doing things, which you’ll need to adjust to. Ask yourself if you’re ready for it.

Space

Some people believe that a big backyard is all a pet needs to be happy. This is very untrue. Whether you live in a small apartment or a big house with large rooms, it’s the quality of interactions that you provide for your animals that matters and not the size of the space provided. Did you know that dogs can live very comfortably in small spaces, as long as they get sufficient exercises and interaction with you?

Other Pets In Your Home

If you already have other pets in your home, you should take into consideration how they’ll react to the new addition. However, provided that you’re careful and patient, introducing a new member to the family should be smooth and pleasant. But, older animals may find playing with energetic puppies handful, therefore, you need to supervise them.

Take time and think carefully about the above factors, and decide as a family which pet is right for you.