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PICKING YOUR PERFECT PET

There are several animals that can make a good pet, depending on what you are looking for. Some of the most popular pets include dogs, cats, fish, rabbits, guinea pigs, reptiles and amphibians. When deciding to add a furry or scaly addition to the family, it is important that you not only consider what’s best for you but also for your rental home.

Perfect Pet Selection

Picking your perfect pet starts with common sense. Firstly, do not infringe on roommate etiquette by bringing in a pet without asking. If you are living in a one bedroom home, then a bordie collie is not a good idea as they need plenty of space to run and play. If you are terrified of retiles, then a snake is most likely off limits. If your daughter is allergic to cat hair, then a kitten is most likely out of the question. While your daughter may want a pony, this is probably not the best option if you are renting an apartment. Furthermore, your son may want a pet pig, but unless you are living on a farm, this is probably also not going to happen.

If you are looking for a pet that comes with little responsibility or a ‘starter’ pet for your kids, fish, turtles and lizards are good options. You can set up the tank in their rooms or in the main living area. They make an excellent decoration piece and are easy to care for. You will need to clean their tanks and feed them once a day but you don’t have to take them to the vet, give them a walk or put them in the bath.

Rabbits and guinea pigs can also be a good choice for a family pet as long as you have an outdoor living space for them to live in. You may need to set up a pen for these animals to play with. Rabbits and guinea pigs do not live as long as cats and dogs but they are cuddly and cute and can be the perfect ‘baby’ for your own children.

Cat, Dog, Rabbit or Frog?

If you are looking for a pet that is part of your family, for better or for worse, then you cannot go wrong with a cat or a dog. Both of these animals can live anywhere from 10 to 20 years and will enjoy being part of the family. Cats and dogs each have their own personalities. While some cats are friendly, others are stubborn. While some dogs are shy, others are social. Most cats and dogs, however, are loving and loyal which is why they make some excellent pets.

Regardless of what type of pet you choose make sure you do your research. Sure, you’ve narrowed down your search to a dog, but getting a Doberman is a lot different than getting a terrier. Read books and consult the internet to learn about the different breeds and temperaments. Some dogs are active by nature and will need a larger backyard; others are excellent with children; others are naturally vicious and will probably be better in the company of adults. Prepare the family as well as the home for the arrival of a new pet.

Owning a pet is a huge responsibility. Before you buy any pet you need to remember that you are in charge of this animal for the rest of its life, whether that be six months or 16 years. Having to give up your family pet is devastating for both your children and for the pet so be sure that you are 100 percent committed to choosing the right pet and caring for this animal, regardless of what you choose to get.

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