Having a pet is a fabulous and rewarding experience. But every animal and its needs are different, so how can you make sure you’re ready for a new addition to your family and home and choose the right one for you? Our tips on choosing the right animal are here to help …
Say goodbye to preconceived ideas
You might appreciate the appearance of a particular pet, but that doesn’t mean they are right for you. Every animal has its own personality and some breeds of dogs often have strong traits; For example, Jack Russell Terrier may need a lot of physical activity and play to stop boredom and shih tzus requires a lot of preparation. If you have children, look for a friendly and safe dog instead of focusing on a particular breed.
Most people think that all small pets are excellent for children, but this is not always the case. Some pets, including hamsters and chinchillas, are nocturnal, which means that when children want to play, their animals sleep happy and do not appreciate being disturbed.
Domestic animals such as gerbils and mice are fast and agile, making it difficult for children to manage them without crushing them too much. And rabbits are prey animals and do not always enjoy being picked up and hugged.
On the other hand, less popular pets, like rats, can actually be excellent pets and love social interaction with people. So think about what you want from your pet and do some research before getting one.
Think about your lifestyle
You might have an idea of what kind of pet you want, be it a dog or a degu, but think about which one would be best suited to your home and your lifestyle.
For example, if you work full time and want a dog, who will take care of it during the day? Are there any local daycare centers or dog walking services that I can use? Have you studied the cost of this?
If you want a cat, they will have access to the outside space while you are away during the day and how will you feel if you come home with a claw sofa?
Do some research on the size, temperament, exercise requirements, life span and health predispositions of different pets and breeds to make sure they are the right choice for you.
No impulse to buy
It can be tempting if you see a beautiful pet looking at you with nostalgia, but think if you are really ready for long-term commitment. Your new pet could live from two to 20 years or more and that impulsive purchase might not seem like a good idea later.
Furthermore, if you have not done your research, you will know nothing about the animal’s history and the health or behavioral problems it involves. Choosing the right pet requires planning time, so don’t rush for anything.
Make your sums
Every day, from insurance, food and toys to unexpected veterinary bills, having a pet is a financial commitment.
Some pets can cost a few hundred pounds a year, while others can cost thousands, so be sure to consider how much your new pet will cost before choosing them.
Think of a rescue pet
Thousands of lost, abandoned and unwanted pets are desperate for a good home. Charities like Blue Cross can offer support and advice on individual pets and help you find the right one for you and your family.
They will discuss their lifestyle and what they want from a pet and suggest suitable animals among the many entrusted to them.
An adult rescue pet is an excellent choice because their personalities are already established, so you can be more confident if they adapt well to your lifestyle. They will be castrated, microchiped and vaccinated, so they offer great value compared to the costs of buying from a farmer.
If you want a particular breed of dog but still want to help a rescue animal, you can contact specific breed rescue organizations through The Kennel Club.
Use a reputable breeder
If you want to buy a purebred dog or cat, ask your veterinarian or breeding club to recommend a responsible breeder.
Ask to meet the parents, relatives and siblings of the pet to observe their temperament, their health and their well-being in general, and find out if their parents or their other litters have developed hereditary diseases or problems.
Ask how youths have been socialized and avoid those who grew up in shelters, as important aspects of growth may have been lost.
You can also request to contact the breeder’s veterinarian and others who have bought them children to verify it; If they refuse, go elsewhere.
Do not buy online or from distributors that offer various breeds or types of pets: they can be puppy breeders or commercial distributors who have little interest in the welfare of the pets they sell.
Find your perfect combination
Blue Cross has a personalized relocation scheme, which means we will analyze every single case and help you find the right animal for your home, family and life.
We have no fixed rules on what makes the house perfect because we know that every pet and its needs are different. If you are looking for a pet, we will do our best to find one that suits you and your lifestyle.