Most of the time when people are choosing pets the two most common
options are dogs and cats but there are other things to take in
consideration, and plenty of different options and things to take in
consideration. Is this pet for a young child, does someone in the house
have some kind of allergies, etc.? This article should give you some
clues on your quest to make a new family friend.
CHOOSING A PET
Choosing a pet is no different than choosing a house or car insurance, it all boils down to three things:
Research, Research and more Research!
You wouldn’t buy a house just because it looks pretty. You wouldn’t buy
that insurance because the company logo looks great. You would never (or
rather should never, ever, ever!) get a dog or puppy just because it’s cute!
This goes of course to the choosing of any pet. Be it a dog, cat,
bird, fish, snake or insect. You need to do some basic research into
what you’re about to get involved with. So let’s start from the top:
- What species? If for instance you’re allergic to dogs and
cats, then maybe a reptile or fish would be your thing. Maybe something
along the lines of a pet flea or giant squid perhaps? (you’d be
- Legislation? For the most part you don’t need a special
permit to keep a pet, but there are some species and breeds that are
controlled by law so you really need to ask about this or face the
wonders of the legal system.
- Breed? This is quite obvious for some of our more common pets
such as dogs and cats, but it does affect your choice in other animals
as well. What it is you want the pet for? Company, breeding, working or
just want the challenge of something totally new? For instance a Fruit
bat is not as good as a Labrador in retrieving a ball during daytime
(even though the bat has more of a ‘cool-factor’). So, why are you
getting a pet again?”
- Age and Temperament? Do you want to bring your pet up from
the very beginning or do you want it to be more or less an adult ready
to work with you? Is it easy to handle? does it like other people
handling it? How long will it live? How big will it get?
- Special requirements? Ask your vet or breeder what the animal
needs and make sure you stick with it! Some species are so sensitive to
their feeding that even the tiniest of changes could be fatal. You
can’t feed bird seed to an eagle or dog food to a cat. Their habitation
varies as well, reptiles need certain heat and environments to thrive,
and they suffer different ailments to other species.
Do you have the time to walk your dog, exercise your pony, fly your
hawk or milk your cow? Can you afford specialist treatments and feeds?
Do you have the right space to keep your pet? Is everyone else in the
family on board with this decision and are they willing to help? I’d
love to keep a snake, but my girlfriend and my young dog have given me
an ultimatum; it’s them or the snake…..
Christian J. Carlander, Director at “Crystal Palace Pet Sitters”
About The Author: “I’ve
worked with dogs, horses and various other animals most of my life, and I
have trained everything from Highland Ponies and working dogs to Birds
My partner and I have also taken care of small animals such as rats,
hamsters, gerbils, rabbits, guinea pigs, cats and ferrets. We now have a
young Springer Spaniel in the first stages of training, who is addicted
to his orange cricket-ball!”