Fur, Feathers or Fins? Choosing a Pet That Suits You

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

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Adopting a new pet is always exciting, but is something you should always properly plan for and think about before jumping in. Bear in mind the kind of person you are and lifestyle you lead before taking the plunge- and consider things like how much time, effort and money you’re looking to spend. Which of these pets suits you best?

Dogs
A dog is such a rewarding pet, but they aren’t for everyone. Owning a dog is a huge commitment. One of the things that make them so adorable is that they’re needy creatures who like to spend time with you and be by your side, but it’s also the reason why not everyone should get one. If you’re the kind of person who likes jet setting and regular trips away from home or lead a busy lifestyle, then a dog won’t be for you. Dogs also need enough space to move around, run and play. It’s not to say you can’t own a dog if you live in a flat or a home without a garden (I did this for three years). But it does mean you have to commit a lot of time to taking them on multiple long walks every day. 

Cats
With cats being much more independent, they’re a good choice for people who want a cute furry friend in their lives but don’t have the time for a dog. Unlike dogs, cats don’t need to be walked so ideal if your health prevents you from doing so, or you don’t have the time. It’s also fine to occasionally leave a cat alone overnight whereas it’s not ok to leave a dog. Of course, you’ll still need to be around for enough time to properly care for them, and provide them with the attention and companionship they require. But in general, they’re easier pets to care for as cats are independent enough to look after themselves in many ways. 

Horses
Horses are such majestic animals, and for the right person can make excellent pets. You also have the benefit of being able to ride your horse, which makes a great hobby too. If you have a lot of land on your property, you’ll be able to have stables built. Alternatively, you could lease some land or a field locally to keep your horses. In this case investing in mobile horse stables could beneficial. That way if you decide to rent somewhere else later on you can easily move them to the new location. To own a horse, you need plenty of time to be able to clean their stables, groom them and generally keep them happy. With them being such large animals you’ll also need to find a vet who specialises in horses too. 

Reptiles and Fish
If you’re looking for something a bit more unusual, how about a reptile? It could be anything from a snake to a tortoise to a bearded dragon or anything in between. These pets don’t need the same attention and companionship as other kinds of animals; you don’t need to physically touch or spend time with them to keep them happy. Although of course with any pet, you shouldn’t leave them alone for long periods at a time. When you’re considering a reptile as a pet, it’s not just the cost of the animal to bear in mind but the setup too. A proper vivarium with lights to keep it at the right temperature is crucial; these aren’t cheap so make sure you’re aware of the costs to get started. If you don’t have a lot of time to care for a pet, fish are another good option. Providing you can commit to cleaning the tank very little maintenance is required, they also have the benefit of providing a decorative element to your home.

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