What is the right pet for you?

Choosing the right pet for you and your lifestyle can be tricky. 

Most people know what type of pet they want; however, maintaining a pet can cause some concern. Choosing the correct pet for you may be easy if you have had several pets and know you need a companion for your home. However, if you have always wanted a pet but have been told you could not have one, you will have a learning curve to deal with.  Whatever the case, consider some key points to pet care when deciding what suits you.

 First, some pets take more care than others. Dogs are very needy animals.  They are very sensitive towards their owners. I am sure most of you have heard of dogs tearing up a house when left alone all day. Dogs can get bored even when they have other dog companions and toys. They need human interaction. Most dog owners take their dogs out for a walk before work and after work for exercise and playtime. Other owners who work outside will often let their dogs come to work with them to keep them out of trouble. On the other hand, cats can amuse themselves, and as long as you put your valuables on a shelf, they cannot reach and keep a clean house; they will sleep, look out windows, and play with toys while you are away. Fish are another type of pet that is typically low maintenance except for cleaning the fish tank.

 Pet care is very important when you own a pet. They need attention from their owners, positive reinforcement, training, and love. Fish are usually excluded from this statement, as they need food, proper tank maintenance, and a few plants to sustain life; however, the point is that proper pet care is required when you own any pet. The decision will be yours to choose the right pet for you. 

 While dogs are high maintenance and require the most training, they are also one of the best pets to own. They can alert you to danger, alert you to someone at the door, and give you unconditional love back. A dog only asks in return for proper care and a great deal of attention. If you cannot be home all the time, you will want to make sure the dog has a roof over their heads in case of inclement weather and a huge yard to play in. Some dogs can jump fences, so it may be best to have a dog run in the yard so they can move about but not escape.

Cats, on the other hand, can be high or low maintenance depending on the breed as well as personality. Some cats require hours of people’s attention, while others shirk attention.  Some cats belong to a one-pet household. They dislike sharing their owner’s affections and will become upset if not mean towards the infiltrator. Others need the playmate’s attention to live happily. It will be hard to determine just which type of cat you own when you first buy them as kittens, as their personalities are just developing.

Pet care is the most critical factor when deciding which pet is right for you and your home. You will want to consider all the pet care needs of the animals you are looking at and the breed you are looking at to determine if they will have a happy place in your home.

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