There are a number of scientific studies that show having a pet is beneficial for a myriad of physical and psychological reasons. The decision to bring a pet into your home brings with it an air of excitement, but what sort of pet would suit your home best? We’ve got 5 things that you should think about when making up your mind:
1.How much living space can you provide?
If you’re living in an apartment that has no yard space, do you think it would be a good idea to get a Saint Bernard? Be sure to consider how much room they will have to wander around (unless they’re reptiles or other creatures that remain in their enclosures). This should allow you to narrow your list of possibilities.
The money that you spend can differ greatly between many types of animals. For example, if you’re thinking about a reptile, the initial costs are quite high – you’ll need to fit out an enclosure with UV lights etc. and costs of these can really add up. On the other hand, a puppy or kitten, depending on the breed/if you get it from a shelter, can be quite cheap. Over time, though, if you provide a good diet, the food and vet bills can far exceed the initial costs of a reptile.
3.Why do you want a pet?
Taking some time to consider exactly how you would like to interact with your new addition is mandatory to making the right choice. If you’re looking for something that shows you affection and you’d like to be able to reciprocate that, a scorpion is probably not the way to go. If, however, an observational pet is something you’re considering, then a scorpion might be perfect.
4.How active are you?
Prefer to get outside and go for a run than sit on the couch and watch movies? An active lifestyle matches brilliantly to an active dog (yes, some dogs are more sedentary than others). If you have the room for a bigger dog, Border Collies and Labradors would suit an active individual well, while for a smaller solution, Jack Russells have a wealth of energy to expend.
5.Never make an impulse decision
This isn’t something to take lightly – it’s a long-term decision that should take a great deal of consideration and research prior to purchasing.