Pet Selection

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How to Select the Right Pet for Your Family

  • The first thing you probably want to do is list all the types of pets that you have an interest in learning more about. Talk to friends and do some internet research of all the different kinds of pets there are available to you. You can choose to have anything from a horse to a hermit crab, depending on the space and time you have available to care for it.
  • Through a process of elimination, narrow the possibilities down to just a few. Evaluate the amount of time you have to devote to an animal. Write a budget to give you a good foundation on how much money you can afford to spend on a pet. Don't forget the initial purchase price, and housing or vet bills. How much can you spend in monthly costs, such as food, grooming, and toys?
  • Get on the internet and research the few pets you've narrowed to, list the costs involved, and the time the animal will require of you. For instance, a ferret will require a minimum of 30 minutes per day (at least 10 to clean the cage and plenty of run around time.), preferably much more. A cat will require a minimum of 15 minutes per day (five minutes to build sand castles in the litter box, and at least ten minutes of petting dispersed throughout the day.). A dog, on the other hand will require about two hours per day (at least two training sessions per day, and lots of exercise and bonding time).
  • Another thing to look at when selecting a pet is you and your family's energy level. Certain breeds of dog are high strung and extremely active, whereas some don't require much of your time at all. If you are leaning towards adopting a dog, please research the breed, or predominant breed if it's mixed. Pay special attention to the breed's energy level and trainability.