There are many choices for a companion.
Should you get a furry one, a feathery one, a scaly one, a hairy one, a fluffy one, a wooly one, a prickly one.
Then once you have settled on a particular species you have to ask yourself if you should get a big one, a small one, a female, a male, an old one, a young one, a spotted one, a long haired one, or maybe two.
Choosing a pet is not something you should take lightly. They are a major responsibility.
Some Things To Consider:
- How much room do you have at home? Is there room for a Great Dane to exercise or is your home more suited to a Budgie.
- How much time do you have to exercise and care for your pet? A goldfish, for example, will not require as many hours a day as a Labrador.
- How long are you prepared to look after a pet? A dog can live 15 years or more, so if you were thinking that you might go back to work after the kids move out you might still have a dog at home.
- Is there a possibility that you might be moving into the city, or into a home, before you pet dies? You might be required to abandon your pet – is that something you are prepared for?
- Is your pet the right choice if you could have children in the near future? An Anaconda or Pit Bull may not be the best choice (I know Pit Bull supporters may disagree).
- Do you or your loved ones have allergies? It is no good turning up with a surprise feline only to find your partner is allergic.
- Can you afford your choice of pet? Can you afford to stable and maintain a horse or will a hamster meet your budget needs. There are many costs that may not be obvious to a first time animal owner, so I would suggest talking to someone who owns the animal of choice (preferably a breeder or someone experienced).
A Pet You Probably Should NOT Choose (unless you have no time, no budget, and no room at home)
I made myself a snowball
As perfect as could be.
I thought I’d keep it as a pet
And let it sleep with me.
I made it some pajamas
And a pillow for its head.
Then last night it ran away,
But first it wet the bed.
Shel Silverstein (1932-1999)