Choosing a Pet

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Dec 23, 2009 in Rat Articles | Subscribe

Pets have been kept by people of all ages around the world for thousands of years. The most common being dogs, cats, fish and birds along with other exotic and unusual pets such as mice, rats, lizards, snakes, crabs and even monkeys. You can expect your pet to be happy and playful and you can teach them to do tricks and obey commands.

If you have children it can teach them responsibility in feeding it on a regular basis, making sure it is getting enough exercise, give it a decent place to live in and check that it is happy and healthy. Pets can also be useful, for example you can train dogs to hunt, guard, herd cattle and sheep and even guide blind people.

Before you decide to purchase a pet you have to realize that along with the fun and enjoyment also comes a serious responsibility. You have to ask yourself if you and other family members if they are prepared to commit themselves to caring for a pet. If you are unsure what pet is right for you and your family ask yourself these questions:

1) Do you have enough money to look after your pet? Apart from food you must account for accessories, kennel costs, veterinarian costs including vaccinations, operations, antibiotics etc.

2) Which family member is wants the pet? For young children a dog or a cat is out of the question because they are too young for that type of responsibility, instead consider a fish tank or even a small bird such as a budgie.

3) Where do you live? If you live in a small apartment a cat or a dog is unsuitable, instead consider a bird or fish. The main point I make is choose so that you can live comfortably in the space you live in, otherwise it can be stressful on you and more importantly you’re pet.

4) Will there be someone at home to look after it? For some animals such as dogs require a great deal of attention and like people to be around, on the other hand fish only need to be fed a few times a week and can be left alone for a few days and not need to be fed.

Before you decide or even buy your new pet learn as much as you can about all kinds of pets by reading books, talking to your local veterinarian or pet shop and reading websites such as this one. Find out if your pet needs outdoor exercise and if so how often. If you have children find out if it is friendly and playful with the presence children or if it easily becomes angry and aggressive. Most importantly find out as much as you can before buying. Follow these guidelines and you will be certain that you and your family will get the most fun and enjoyment in all aspects of your pet’s life.

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