What Type of Pet Should Your Family Get? Here are 4 Things To Consider

Whether you’ve had one in the past, have other pets or it’s your first, it can be daunting to decide a type of pet. To help with a decision here's 4 factors

What Type of Pet Should Your Family Get?

Is your family thinking about getting a pet in the near future? Whether you’ve had one in the past, have other pets, or it’s your first pet, it can be daunting to decide which type of pet you’d like. To help with this decision, here are four factors that you should consider before taking the leap and choosing one:

Here are 4 Things To Consider

The Costs 

A pet can be a very expensive thing to have. And the costs that come with them will depend on the type of animal. So you need to think about whether or not you as a family can afford the costs that come with caring with the various types of pets that you’ve been looking at. 

For example, dogs and cats will come with inevitable vet’s bills, pet-sitting costs, food/treat costs and they require pet insurance – therefore they are two of the most expensive pets to care for in the long term. 

More budget-friendly pets can include rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, birds, fish, etc. However, you’ll still need to factor in how much their cages/tanks cost as well as the initial cost of them at the beginning and their specialized veterinary care. A pet such as a fish can also be on the more expensive end if you want to get a good quality tank with features like Texas Holey Rock.

The Commitment

Do you have the time to train them and commit to their care? Even though this might seem easy with certain pets, you’ll need to consider what will happen to them when you go on holiday or you’re at work/your kids are at school throughout the week. 

If you all want a dog, you’ll need to think about how much time you can realistically commit to them – e.g. how often you can walk them and make sure that you don’t leave them at home alone for more than a couple of hours at a time.

If you pick out a more exotic, or unusual, animal as a pet then you’ll need to consider how this affects the caring commitments that you make as a pet owner. It will mean sourcing food that isn’t the usual kibbles and bits, and may require a bit of research. You’ll also have to consider that they may be out of your usual vet’s range of expertise and necessitate a call to The Unusual Pet Vets when they’re showing signs of illness. There’s a lot to get used to, with this kind of pet, but it’s certainly worth it.

Personal Preference

What are you and your family looking for in a new pet? Do you want a companion? Do you want one that you can care for easily? Do you want one that you don’t need to clean up after all the time? Some members of the family might want a hamster, and others might want beautiful Crested Geckos – there are so many options out there to consider.

Choosing a pet is partially about your own personal preferences. Just make sure that if you all choose a pet that requires a higher level of care, you’re all prepared to chip in and look after it together!

Your Lifestyle 

How often do you all go on holiday? Do you and your partner both work for long hours each day? Your families’ lifestyle plays a large part in your final decision. So it’s important that you sit down and consider what you’ll have to change (if anything) when you get a new pet. A pet can have a huge impact on all of your day-to-day routines, so you want to ensure that it will fit in as seamlessly as possible.

Final Thoughts

So there you go! Those are four key things that you should consider when choosing a family pet. The pet that you choose, of course, is up to you. But whichever one you decide on, it’s bound to be one of the best decisions you ever make as a family!

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