Are you thinking about bringing a pet home for your family? This is a big decision but it can have a vast range of benefits. Before you commit to this idea, you need to think about what pet is going to be the right choice for you. We’ve looked at this before in terms of the right pet for little ones but let’s do a deeper dive.
First, you might want to think about choosing a dog for your home. A dog is a great choice because they are highly sociable animals. There’s a reason why they are called man’s best friend. A dog will be loyal to you and will want to spend lots of time with the people in the home. Indeed, a dog is never happier than when everyone is in the same room.
One of the things that you should think about is the breed of dog that you want to bring home. You could think about a smaller breed such as a labradoodle. The benefit of this is that they are easier to handle and that’s great news if you’re planning on giving your children a lot of the responsibilities.
Of course, you might also want to think about a larger breed like a german shepherd. People love these dogs but you need to understand that they will eat a lot and as such can be quite expensive, particularly if you’re not ready for the bills.
Some breeds are also more prone to develop health issues. For instance, you might have always dreamt of owning a dalmatian. Due to their unique aesthetic, they are very popular. However, it is worth noting that these animals are more likely to develop issues with their eyes. Many will go blind, while they are still young. Other dogs have problems with their bones and joints. As such, you need to make sure that you are choosing a breed carefully.
Next, you could think about getting a cat for your home. The benefit of a cat is that you don’t have to worry about them needing constant care and attention. Instead, cats are often more or less happy to do their own thing. They don’t need you to be around all of the time.
Another benefit of cats is that they are more affordable than dogs. But they provide a lot of the same advantages. For instance, you can get hugs and love from cats in the same way that you do with dogs.
Cats can be a lot of fun too. If you research an article like How To Throw A Great Cat Birthday party, then you’ll see that there are lots of wonderful possibilities of how to celebrate with your cat.
There are of course challenges of having a cat as a pet. For instance, ensuring that your cat knows how to use a litter box can be quite the chore. You just need to make sure that you are persistent and don’t give up.
A key decision that you’ll need to make is whether you are going to keep your cat inside or let them wander the neighborhood. This is a key difference compared with a dog. It’s socially acceptable to let your cat roam. However, you do need to be aware of the risk here. It is possible that a cat could get injured or get lost while out on the streets. It’s only really a suitable option if you live in a quiet location. If you are in the center of a city this can be quite dangerous.
If you want one of the easiest pets to own a hamster certainly comes somewhere near the top of the list. The benefit of a hamster is that because they are so small, you don’t have to worry about them costing a fortune. You will have a few purchases that you’ll need to make for your furry friend starting out. For instance, you should invest in a cage, a ball, and potentially a play area. Food is cheap so this isn’t as much of a consideration and there’s no point in getting insurance for a hamster. The reason for this is that they don’t live that long anyway.
Hamsters do still need quite a lot of care and attention, but it’s easier. Due to this, as we’ve discussed before, they can be a great choice of pet for young children specifically.
Even young children will find it quite easy to clean out a hamster’s cage, feed them and ensure that they get enough water. You might think that the best animal for a young child is a fish. But the benefit of a hamster is that it’s a more active pet. You can do more with a hamster. You can play with them, cuddle them, and even teach them basic tricks. Due to this, a child will typically find them more interesting and they will learn more from looking after them. This is why you will often find that they are used in classrooms as class pets.
You do need to be aware of how vulnerable hamsters are, however. It’s important to watch over your child if they are looking after them to ensure that they are taking the right steps to keep them safe. There are also lots of animals that are quite similar to a hamster in terms of the care that they need. This includes things like mice, rats, gerbils, and potentially even snakes.
Rabbits And Similar Choices
If you want something that is larger than a hamster but is in effect quite similar in terms of the care that they need, then rabbits or something like a chinchilla is a great choice. The benefit of something like a rabbit is that they are quite docile. As such, they can be great for young children and this is one of the reasons why they tend to be used as comfort or sensory animals for children with behavioral issues. Rabbits are wonderful creatures and do little hopping jumps when they are happy.
However, they are quite mischievous. If they are out of their cage, then you will need to be wary of them eating things like wires. Rabbits will often love chewing on different wires that are around your home. You might even need to make some changes to your property if you are going to let them out of their pen.
You might be looking at keeping an animal like this outside and you can do this as long as you consider a couple of things. For instance, you need to make sure that you are thinking about whether you can keep your animal safe. If you leave them outside then they are in danger of being taken or eaten by predators. You can prevent this by ensuring that you get the right pen. It needs to be sturdy enough to keep animals like foxes out.
You will also need to think about the weather. If the weather gets colder, then you’ll need to make sure that you do bring your pet inside. As such, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to keep them outside all year round.
If you are thinking about choosing a pet that is going to make minimal levels of impact on your home, then we recommend that you choose to fish. You don’t have to worry about issues with animals leaving their droppings around your property or training them to do their business in the appropriate place. Fur and fluff aren’t an issue either and fish aren’t that expensive. Although, this is always going to depend on the species that you select. Some tropical fish can be quite costly but can look magnificent.
Due to this, you might consider fish as more of an aesthetic choice. You can connect emotionally with your fish and care for them. But the biggest benefit is that they can add a lot to the look of your home. Watching fish swim around can also have therapeutic benefits.
There are costs that are associated with having fish. For instance, you might need to consider buying a tank and there are energy costs too. If you are investing in tropical fish, then it’s important to make sure that the tank is heated to the right temperature. You will also need to think about ensuring that the filter is working to keep the water clean.
In terms of maintenance, the tank will need to be cleaned out every couple of weeks to ensure that it does provide the right environment for your fish. How much your tank needs maintaining will depend on the fish you have.
We hope this helps you understand some of the key things that you should consider if you are thinking about bringing a new pet to live with you and your family. The right pet is going to add a lot to your home. You just need to make sure that you are prepared for everything from time commitments to the level of care that any animal is going to need from you.