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What's in a pet?-Are you ready to have a a furry, scaly, or slimy friend in your life?

Updated on July 27, 2014


Lots of people decide to have animals in their life as a hobby, companion, to work, for breeding, showing, and I can go on and on. For what ever reason you may have it should be a topic that is really thought through. Even the smallest gold fish needs some time, money, and care. You should always do research on the type of animal you are looking at to make sure that they are the right fit for you! Down below you will find lists of items you may need for your new friend.

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Having worked in a local pet store, which did not sell cats and dogs just companion animals I have heard varies requests and questions from customers. Of course looking for types of food, bedding, behavior issues, etc. There are ones that wow me such as "How long do I have with it before he gets to big and I have to get rid of it?", "When they get to big can I free it outside?", "If I decide I don't want it for too long can you take it back?", or "I live in a dorm and I need to hide it, do they make a lot of noise?". Seriously? I'm just going to say that some people can be ignorant to the facts about owning a pet, and that's okay I'm here to give you some information to start with when you are ready to buy a companion animal. You ready?


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First things first. Do you know what animal you are looking to own? They can be as small as a fish to as large as a horse. If you already know that's great. Either way things to think about are:

  • Cost of animal
  • Are they better in solo or pairs?
  • Where do you want to get it from? (Pet store, adopt, breeder)
  • How much time can you give?
  • How much clean up are you willing to do?
  • What kind of training do you need to do/get?
  • Do you have the space for it? If not where will it board?
  • Boarding costs?
  • Make sure there is a local veterinarian it may need special care
  • Yearly vet costs
  • Supply costs
  • Types of food
  • Future plans for growth (snake, lizard, etc)
  • What happens if you go on vacation
  • How much grooming do they need?
  • Are they good with children?
  • How long do they live?
  • Cost of added electricity to your home bill
  • Temperatures
  • Filtration

Here are some lists I created to help make your shopping experience a little more easier. They can of course be added on to because there are so many more items with the growth of pet stores. So just the basics here! There really is so much to think about yes, but it will be all worth it at the end! Do a lot of reading, luckily the internet is a great source but make sure you find a credible site. Learn all you can learn about what ever animal it is. You and it will be happier for it.

Dog/cat shopping list

  1. Bowls
  2. Food
  3. Crate
  4. Leash/collar
  5. Grooming tools: brushes, shampoos etc.
  6. Treats
  7. Toys
  8. Bed
  9. Name tags

Reptile shopping list

  1. Tank with secure lid
  2. Heat lamp/UV light bulb
  3. Thermometer/Hydrometer
  4. Mister/Spray bottle
  5. Bedding
  6. Hiding places
  7. Bowls
  8. Food
  9. Treats

Fish shopping list

  1. Tank/bowl
  2. Air pump, lines, air stones
  3. Water quality tests
  4. Rock work
  5. Light
  6. Thermometer
  7. Plants
  8. Gravel
  9. Heater

Small animal shopping list

  1. Cage
  2. Food
  3. Bowls
  4. Exerciser tool
  5. Bedding
  6. Treats
  7. Hiding spots

Thank you!

Thanks for reading! Hope my lists were helpful and good luck!


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      Evelia Veronica Rivera 3 years ago from Bridgeport, CT

      I agree Kathleen- I work with Animal Assited Therapy Services and we bring dogs to assisted living facilities. A lot of the folks love to sit and pet the dogs. They find it very therapeutic.

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      Evelia Veronica Rivera 3 years ago from Bridgeport, CT

      Wendy what are your issues?

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      Kathleen Cochran 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      With 3 kids we've always had pets, mostly dogs and cats. As the kids grew up they left home, leaving the pets and Mom and Dad behind. Finally it was just the two of us and our son's Beagle. At age 15 she passed away last spring. It was like losing a blood relation. Still miss her. I know I'll get another pet because as I approach senior status I've noticed that the elderly who have pets are much less lonely. But not yet.

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      Wendy Rios 3 years ago

      a got a hedge hog.. and am having difficulties maintaining its habitat, and suggestions?

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      Evelia Veronica Rivera 3 years ago from Bridgeport, CT

      Thanks frank!!

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      im ready for a pet!!! Great hub A-C...:)