finally have time to get a dog... something I've looked forward to for
years. I've never owned one before so I wonder how to choose the
I do live in the city so I suppose a small breed would
be best. Maybe a cat would be best; I guess I need some direction
with this decision.
Compatibility... is shows when
a pet and owner understand and care for each other. The
human-animal bond happen spontaneously if compatibility is
choose a pet... how to... what is best pet...
It sounds like you have been considering getting a
new pet for a long time, and now's the time to choose one.
Below are several key points to really think over before you buy or
adopt a pet of any kind. Understand... before you get a
pet... that your life style will change! Owning a pet is a
full time responsibility, it requires a commitment to that dog, cat,
bird, reptile or fish for their entire life span. If you leave
home or go on a vacation someone has to provide daily observation
and care for your pet.
Compatibility is the key word! Your chosen pet should fit into
your life style and become a part of your day. If you expect
otherwise, your relationship with the pet will not be optima.
For example, owning a large working breed of dog such as an Alaskan
Malamute might not be compatible with living in a high rise in San
Francisco. A vocal parrot may not be compatible with
neighborly condominium living. Owning an Iguana while living
in a cold climate may not be best for the reptile pet. Some
focus points follow:
Pick the right species.
Dog, cat, fish, pocket pet, etc. Remember reptiles must have very
specific environments, diets, and health care and should never pose a
danger to someone unfamiliar with reptiles.
Pick the right breed. For
example, Retrievers, Terriers, or Spaniels require more
activity than the house pet breeds such as a Chihuahua or Bichon Frise.
Select the appropriate age…
adult and trained (or with established habits good/bad), or a puppy or
can train yourself.
Analyze the following tips about choosing a pet:
expected life span of the pet (parrots +30 years; dogs and cats +16
years; ferret 5-6 years, hamsters about 2 years.
Do you have the free time
to interact with the pet every day
Can you comfortably
pay for high quality food?
Will veterinary care costs be a burden for you?
Can you utilize a boarding facility or pet
sitter when you are away.
Do you know the
idiosyncrasies of the type of pet you are going to acquire.
Will your pet will be
compatible with neighborhood pets, people and wildlife?
Before You Buy...
Before to obtain a new pet be sure to consider if separation anxiety
is part of the dogs psychological makeup. Especially when
adopting/obtaining an adult dog you need to somehow evaluate for how
contented the new pet will be when left alone.
You will need to put in some time making sure the pet's environment
is safe, clean and comfortable. For example, birds are very
intolerant to temperature changes; some dogs are insecure or
destructive when left alone, cats are climbers and need a cat
High quality (more expensive)
pet food is very important to the health of any pet. Buy the
cheapest "food" and you will be doing a disservice to your pet.