What factors did you take into considerations when deciding on a family pet?
I've had many pets over the years--some of which I wish I had planned a little bit better for. Before committing to getting a family pet, there are several things you need to take into consideration. Depending on the pet, the vet bill can get pretty steep. Say for a cat--you need to get the cat neutered, get various shots, etc. And depending on health issues later in life, it can become even more expensive. The other consideration is the cost of food. Go to a pet store and compare different food types and figure out about how much you'll be spending per month. Then there is the litter, toys, cages, etc. Another thing to consider is the damage that a pet can cause. One of my cats has eaten through 7 different cords in my house (luckily nothing dangerous). But consider pet stains, claw marks, etc. More than anything, I'd say the biggest consideration is time and effort that it takes to care for a pet. Don't commit to taking care of another living thing if you don't think you can handle it 10-15 years from now.
Whether it will contribute to the household, and who will take care of it - along with how difficult it is to take care of. I'd rather have a cat than a hampster. At least cats chase mice. I'd rather have a chicken than a cat. At least chickens lay eggs. And chickens are probably easier to care for than either a cat or a hampster.
I’m not saying you shouldn’t take in a stray animal. Saving pets from the pound is a commendable and noble deed but people need to consider all of the issues before making such a major decision especially if there are children in the home. read more
1. Lifestyle - which type is best suited to your particular lifestyle, 2. Can you afford it - not just the adoption fee or purchase price, but training, boarding, food, toys, beds, a crate, grooming, and veterinary care, including unexpected veterinary care, 3. Do you have the time for a pet - time to give it attention, training, time to walk a dog every day, or are you at work all day long, 4. Which is a better choice - a baby animal or an adult? Both have pros and cons, 5. The rest of the family - preferences and suitability for children and others living int he household, including allergies
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