There are many items to consider when choosing a new pet. How can you be sure you are remembering the most important details? This list of tips will give you an excellent place to start.
First of all, find out what, if any, allergies people in your home may have. If no one is allergic to anything then all possibilities are open to you. People can also have an allergy to a single type of pet but not others. For instance, someone can be allergic to only cats. If that were the case, simply avoiding the animal causing the allergy is likely your best choice. If you choose a pet and find out later that an allergy is present, you can try an over the counter allergy medication to alleviate symptoms. If symptoms persist, you may need to find the pet a new home.
Investment cost is an important element to consider. You need to be prepared for the purchase of not only the animal, but also the housing, feeding and possibly veterinary services for him or her. Larger animals, like cats and dogs, require several visits for immunizations in their first year. A smaller pet, such as a hamster or guinea pig will not usually require vet attention.
Ongoing costs will be much smaller than your initial investment. After you have made accommodations for the immediate needs, think about how much you can afford to spend on feeding and vet services on a monthly basis. A gerbil will be far less expensive to feed on a monthly basis and you won't have to bring it to the vet. A sixty pound dog will need annual check-ups and will eat between three and four cups of dry food per day.
There are thousands of pet supplies on the market, but think about the difference between what your new pet needs versus what is fun or convenient to have. Small pets will need their cage and their food. Larger pets have to have food, a couple inexpensive toys and possibly a collar and leash. You can buy more toys, better equipment and fun accessories over time. Keep your costs reasonable by focusing first on their most immediate requirements.
Take into account how much space you have for a pet. There are pets to fit your home whether you live on the largest property or in the smallest apartment. When space is minimal, consider an animal that lives in a cage or tank. Fish, rodents and reptiles make fantastic pets for small homes. Dogs generally prefer a larger area and require exercise. Cats do well in most spaces as they like to live indoors.
Last, decide how much companionship you are looking for in a pet. If you want a creature who likes to give and receive attention, consider a dog, cat or bird. These little guys or gals can be quite loving and will keep you company. Perhaps you desire something that you can play with and enjoy, but are not able consistently play with your pet. In this case, think about a something like lizard, rat, snake or fish because these animals do not need attention to be consistently happy.
A new pet is a wonderful way to enrich your life. Be confident you have made an informed decision by starting with this list of tips.