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Choosing the right pet for your family

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Pets are great. They offer love, companionship and loads more besides. But in order to get the most from a furry friend, you have to make sure you choose the right one. If you’re looking to add to your family then you may be interested in our guide to choosing the right pet for your family.

Take your time

Pets should never be bought on a whim. Take your time to consider what you’re looking for and how a pet will fit into your everyday life. Research what having a specific kind of animal entails, always remember that your new pet will be with you for the long-term.

Commitment

choosing the right pet for your familyGetting any sort of pet is a big commitment. Consider the time and effort that you’ll need to put in to properly care for the animal. Are you and your family happy and able to go walks in all weathers, empty litter trays and clean out tanks or cages? Will your new arrival be welcomed by any other pets you may already have? Do you have time to train a new pet? Dogs can live up to 15 years and cats up to 20 years so it’s important that you consider how your life might change in the future. These are all things that you need to think about before deciding on a new pet.

Lifestyle

If you live in a small flat then a big dog is probably not the best choice. Think about the space you have available, bearing in mind that your pet’s stuff will probably take up more room than the animal itself. Also consider the hours you work and how long you spend away from home. If you like to swan off on holiday often then who will look after the pet while you’re away? Also think about the ages of your children – are they old enough to understand how to handle and care for a pet?

Cost

Many people underestimate the cost that comes with owning a pet. As well as the purchase price you’ll have to fork out for equipment, bedding, grooming and toys. That’s before you start to factor in food and vet bills. Insurance is a popular method of ensuring funds are always available to pay vet fees but it can also be expensive, especially if you’re looking for full cover.

Personality

One of the most important aspects of choosing the right pet for your family is personality. For example, do you want a dog that is great with children? A lazy cat that will to snuggle up beside you in the evening? Adoption centres are a great option for matching your family to an animal that will fit right in.

Consider adoption

Adopting, rather than buying a pet means you’ll be giving a home to an animal that would otherwise be without one. You’ll also be given a chance to get to know your new pal before you take him home. You will have access to advice and support in the days and weeks following a rehoming. Adopting an older pet has the added advantage of already being house trained and obedient.

 

 

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Maria is a freelance writer with over 10 years' experience producing content for a variety of publications and websites. When not working or looking after her two gorgeous sons, she can usually be found playing flugelhorn in a brass band, helping out at her local hospital radio station, shouting at the television while watching Formula 1, at the cinema or plonked on the couch with a cold glass of wine.

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