A pet is an animal that is loved and cared for by its human owner. A pet equally benefits its human owner by reciprocating love in return and providing physical, emotional and psycho-social support. A pet – depending on the type and specie – can also considered as a protector and a safeguard for its human. All of us (except the cold-hearted ones … lol) get warm fuzzy feelings and are filled with awe each time we see or play with adorable healthy pets. In return, it is just natural for pets to reciprocate the same level of affection especially if the recipient is a well-known face or caregiver.
Pets are such a positive addition for most pet-owners and caregivers, that they improve their lives in one or more of the following ways;
- A pet will encourage nurturance and responsibility as you care for it.
- Pets improve a person’s mood. In fact, no matter how angry, sad or stressed out you may be, spending time with your pet will always bring out positive emotions and improve your mood. Pets have proven to reduce depression and increase the overall happiness of a human being
- A pet is always great for accompaniment and to alleviate loneliness. Pets make you feel accepted every time, are good listeners and can help to put your mind at peace even when alone.
- For some pets, they personally take ownership of your welfare and safety, and will rise to the occasion of defending you in case of any perceived attack.
Different people have various definitions of what is considered the best pet that make great companions and this variation is mostly based on the individual needs. Therefore, there are many different types of pets that could be right for you and be a wonderful complement to your life. It is important to note that not every animal may be right for you because the needs and temperaments of animals vary greatly, as do those of the people who keep them. So, your ultimate choice of pet should be based on what sort of animal suits your personality, works best with your lifestyle, and matches your needs.
The pet you choose may be the commonly kept dog, cat, goldfish, a talkative parrot, or perhaps a scurrying lizard or a fun-loving potbellied pig. Whichever animal you choose, it can bring you years of entertainment and happiness, but you must make the right choice and be genuinely invested in caring for the pet.
Therefore, for you and your pet to get the best out of each other, you must consider the following factors;
When choosing a pet, one of the most important things to consider is your lifestyle. Different types of pets require different amounts of attention and care, and any pet you choose should fit well into your daily schedule. So, you must ask yourself; Are you the active type, or do you have a more sedentary nature? Are you looking for an exercise companion or a pet to keep you company while you do things around the house? You should consider these and make sure your pet will fit into your lifestyle.
When making a pet choice, you’ll also need to determine just what you want out of a pet. Are you looking for a cuddly companion, a playmate, a guard and protector or a pet you can just observe that doesn’t require a great deal of interaction? What size of pet do you want or which can you handle; tiny, small, medium-sized, big or large?
Do you live in the city, suburbs, town or at outskirts or small village settlements? How much space do you have indoors and out? Can your home accommodate pets especially when they need to eat, drink, pee and poo? Is your home self-owned or are you renting? Remember that some renters may not be allowed to keep dogs or cats or may have to pay a large deposit to keep them. However, landlords are not generally concerned with small aquatic and caged animals, because they are less messy and unlikely to cause property damage.
It’s important to consider the others in your household as well. Their personalities and schedules will also be factors in your decision. If you have children, you’ll need a pet that is easygoing and playful. The best pets are those that will fit in well with your family, so you might need to do some compromising. Now, when taking on the responsibility of a pet, you and each member of the family must be willing to commit to providing a good home for it. You need to find out if family members would not mind pets and how much time each family member can devote to the pet. Discuss each person’s responsibilities for the animal’s care, feeding, grooming, exercise, socialization and training. Determine who will be responsible for the expenses involved and make certain that every need for the pet you’re considering will be met.
Your health and physical condition
Are you prone to any allergies that may result from close association to certain pets? For example, some people are allergic to fur, feathers or body hair from animals, therefore such people would most likely not keep a pet. Also, are you healthy enough or physically capable of taking care of the type of pet you’re considering? Caring for a large animal or one with extensive habitat needs can be physically demanding.
Do you spend much time at home? Does your work allow you some considerable amount of time at home or do you usually spend most of your day at work? Do you travel a lot? Are you flexible with your time or do you have rigid, set and tight work schedules? You need to consider these because some pets need someone with them most of the time, especially when they are young. Others can be left alone for long periods of time. You also need to note that abandoning a pet with a household servant or maid may not always be the best option because of the risk of maltreatment and animal cruelty. If at all you will leave a pet with such a person, ensure they have genuine interest in pets and do not mind taking care of them (even without being paid). It not advisable for a person who spends extensive time out of the house to own a pet except you are able to carry the pet with you wherever you go.
What is your budget? This is a very important consideration, because all pets require some degree of financial commitment. You will most likely have to buy a pet, then you must pay for food, housing and other daily needs, veterinary care and any special needs your pet may have. These costs vary considerably from animal to animal and you must choose an animal that would fit into your budget.
The pet’s needs
Research each animal on your list if there any special needs to consider. You will see that not all animals are not suitable for every situation, weather, or environment. For example, dogs with thick fur are more difficult to keep in warmer climates without special considerations.
The pet’s availability
Not all animals may be available to you or may be more difficult to obtain. Keeping certain types of pets is illegal in some states and cities. Some require special permits or licensing. If you want to keep these types, you will have to check with your local and state authorities to find out what is required.
With all the above-listed, the decision to keep and care for a pet must be a well-thought-out decision and the choice must be made out of a genuine love for animals.
Next week, we will follow up with another article providing you with actual listed options of pets to keep. In the meantime, if you need help with choosing a pet, feel free to contact us via our social media networks
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