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Are You Ready For A New Pet?
Are you thinking about bringing a new pet into your home and don’t know where to start? It is definitely not something to take lightly.
Here is a list of good questions to ask yourself and to discuss among your family members, prior to bringing home a new pet. These will help you to get a better idea which species and which cat or dog breeds will be best suited to your household. You can work out are you ready for a new pet or not.
- What type of pet would best fit into your family lifestyle?
- Which family member will be responsible for the daily care of your new pet?
- Do you work work? Does your spouse work?
- How much time will there be available to feed, play with and to care for your new pet?
- Do you want a pet that needs a lot of regular maintenance, such as a long-haired cat or dog?
- Will the pet be home all day alone? Would you need to consider hiring a pet walker or use a pet day care facility?
- What will you do with your pet when you are away from home, on vacation, etc?
- What pets do you already have? Consider the type of pet (dog, cat, snake) as well as the sex and ages of any other pet family members?
- What type of pets do you have experience with?
- How many people live in your home?
- What are the ages of any children?
- Does anyone in the home have pet allergies?
- What kind of housing do you live in? A house with a yard, a small apartment?
- If you rent or lease your home, do you have written permission from the landlord to keep a pet at the property?
- Does your property have a well fenced yard? What is the height and type of your fencing?
- Do you already have a veterinarian or access to one?
- Where will the pet be kept throughout the day? And over the night?
- If you are thinking about getting a puppy, will it be tied up outside or live outside?
- What sorts of activities can you do with this type of pet?
- Are you knowledgeable on how to take good care of this pet?
- Are you prepared for the time involved in training a new pet and taking care of them?
- If you become unable to care for your pet in the future, who would take care of them?
I hope these questions can help you to decide if you home is ready for a new pet, and then give you a closer idea of which pet would fit best into your home.