What to Consider When Choosing a New Pet

With so many of us spending more time at home these days, you might be wondering if this is a good time to get a pet.

A dog, cat, bird, or horse can be a wonderful companion who may become your best friend.

But the decision to bring a pet into your home is not one to be taken lightly. Here are all the factors to consider when choosing a new pet. 

Finances

Whether it’s the cost of boarding a horse or the fees for an exotic vet for your iguana, any animal you adopt requires a significant financial commitment. Everyday items like food, toys, training, and regular veterinary check-ups can really add up over time. You also have to be prepared for major veterinary expenses like surgery or a hospital stay if there is an emergency.

Time

How much time do you have to spend with a pet? Some dog breeds need many hours of exercise and attention every day. A new puppy needs almost constant care. Other kinds of pets may not need quite that much. But any pet you choose will require some one-on-one time with you every day.

Travel

What arrangements can you make if you plan on going away? Will you need to board your pet somewhere, or would it be OK if you just pay someone to come in to feed and walk him once a day? If you want to take your pet with you on long trips, considering investing in a SlumberPod. This allows your pet to feel at home even in unfamiliar houses or hotel rooms.

Living Situation

If you rent an apartment in the city, it might not be practical to adopt a pet who needs to spend lots of time outdoors. Besides that, your rental lease or city ordinances may ban certain kinds of pets. Check into what your pet will need and ensure you can provide it in your current living space.

Long-Term Commitment

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Dogs can live for over 10 years. Cats typically live for more than 15. Can you commit to providing a home for your pet for the rest of her lifespan? Shelters are full of animals that were abandoned because owners could not honor the commitment made when adopting them.

Other Family Members

Think about the people (and animals) that you live with. Do you have young children? Do you have other pets already? How will they react to the new addition? Some animals are better with children than others. It’s important to research any animal you adopt to make sure he’ll be compatible with those already living in your home.

Activity Level

Will your pet need many hours of outdoor exercise? Or is he OK with a more sedentary lifestyle? Be honest about the level of activity you can sustain on a daily basis. Most dog breeds require a lot of outdoor activity to be happy and healthy, while cats tend to be lazier. Choose a pet that matches your own activity level.

With these guidelines in mind, plus lots of love in your heart to give, you are ready to go find your new best friend.