So the home is feeling empty and you’ve decided it’s time to introduce a new member to the household. Whether your new companion is going to be feathered, scaled or fuzzy is a matter of personal preference.
However before you do decide, you might want to consider a few things and make sure you are prepared to welcome it into your home, as well as taking on the responsibility of caring for a pet.
Particular animals thrive in certain habitats, but are not suited for others. On the other hand certain breeds are adaptable to any sort of external conditions.
When choosing your preferred companion (that is to say mammal, fish, amphibian, etc.), you need to really think about how it will fit into and interact within your home environment. In the bigger picture even considerations about the climate in your locale should affect your decision.
Big dogs, for example, are not really fit to be kept in small spaces, and essentially have shorter life spans when confined to areas with ‘not enough leg room’. Cats, whether indoor or outdoor, are generally a more adaptable option. That said, pure breeds of any sort are usually more prone to complications arising from improper environmental conditions. Reptiles thrive in very specific and controlled environments. Similarly fish are sensitive to tiny variations in conditions, such as lighting, and also require sophisticated equipment such as aquariums that require regular maintenance.
Besides habitat, you need to contemplate just how much time you can dedicate to the upkeep of your new friend.
Dogs, for example, especially larger breeds, require a significant amount of attention in terms of training and daily activity. Cats, on the other hand, can fend for themselves quite easily and do not require as much direct attention. If you’re caring for small mammals, reptiles, fish, birds, or any other animal in an enclosure, you need to plan cleanings, feedings, and various other schedules, just like you would with any other pets.
Food and Accessories
Your new pal has certain needs and unique requirements, including pet accessories such as litter boxes, heat rocks, leads, collars, and special foods. It’s not rocket science, but certain things require a little bit more effort. Most of the time it’s just a matter of getting used to terminology and jargon. Google is your friend whenever you feel stuck.
Care and Health
Pets needs also need to be attended to, which means regular visits to the vet and sometimes the groomer. In order to keep our beloved creatures happy and thriving a certain kind of mothering is necessary. Pets are like children, they need to be trained, attended to, and even bathed.
To put it simply, you need to look out for their health and welfare. A wide variety of pet accessories are readily available at your local store including brushes, vitamins, and dental treats. These are often recommended on your visits to the groomer or vet and can often also be purchased directly from them.