All pets can provide you with endless love and companionship and every pet deserves a lifelong, loving home. However, some pets are better for you and your lifestyle than others, and that’s why you should take the time to make a thoughtful choice. After all, a pet is something that you would have to commit to for the next 10 years or so of your life.

Before you get a new pet you have to think about whether you are prepared to take on new and unexpected responsibilities whether it’s financial, training, housing, or daily up-keep.  Here are some questions you should ask yourself when choosing a new pet:

 

1. Are you financially ready?

Pets have expenses associated with them like medical costs, food, grooming, boarding, petware, and spay/neuter among others. You should ask yourself if you are financially capable of meeting your pet’s needs. Remember that larger breeds will cost more overall due to increase in food consumption, larger crates and beds needed, larger size toys, and increased cost for surgery and medicine.

 

 

2. How much space do you have in your home?

The amount of space available in your home should relate to the activity level and overall size of your pet. Someone who owns a spacious home and a yard will be able to accommodate any breed while a person living in a one room apartment may have a hard time accommodating a 200 pound Great Dane. Most pets spend a vast majority of their life inside the house, carefully consider the amount of exercise your pet needs and how much they can actually get in those confines. Some big or active pets will do well in small spaces given that they are exercised daily in the form of long walks or runs.

 

 

3. How much will this pet remain alone at home?

The hyperactive terrier will probably not tolerate long stints alone without boredom steering him into trouble. In contrast, a sedentary cat may not mind being alone for a day or two. Consider how much time you will be able to spend with your pet to care for and bond with them and also take into consideration how much grooming you’re willing to do. Most pets with longer coats will need special and frequent grooming.

 

 

4. How active are you?

Although an active, bouncy dog might catch your eye, a quieter pooch might be a better match if you just want a TV and hanging-out buddy. Consider your lifestyle in comparison to the needs of the pet. Some dogs demand their twice daily runs, while others prefer to snooze on the couch. 

 

 

When you’ve answered these questions and have decided which pet suits you and your lifestyle, consider rescuing a dog or cat from a shelter. There are tons of them to choose from -- all kinds of breeds, sizes, and personalities that you’re bound to find the perfect match. Adopting is less expensive and more fulfilling because you’re saving a life. Provide these pets with a fur-ever home and they’ll repay you with fur-ever love, loyalty, and companionship. 

Once you choose your new pet, have your veterinarian perform a thorough physical examination and discuss preventive care, nutrition, housing, and other special needs your new furbaby may have. Be a responsible parent and have then spay or neutered to ensure that they will never add to the millions of animals born each year who will never find a good home. It’ll also help them live longer, healthier lives.

 

Sources: Animalleague; Petinsurance; Peteducation; Humanesociety