So you might already be the proud owner of a St. Bernard or of a lovely house trained rabbit, or you may own another animal that you love and take pride in. But have you ever thought about the pros and cons of our furry companions?
If you live in a one bedroom first floor flat, perhaps a dog really isn’t for you – with not much room indoors and no room outdoors, the dog would become reckless and tiresome. Keeping it in a confined space could also pose serious health risks. Obesity isn’t just a problem among us humans you know!
On the other hand, if you are living in a house with a good amount of garden space, the dog is sure to stay fit and healthy if let out regularly. But this isn’t all there is to think about. There is a massive cost involved in maintaining a healthy animal, not only food, but also pet insurance or operation prices if the dog gets ill. Also remember many breeds have a tendency to chew things – so some items in your home might need replacing!
Dogs are said to be man’s best friend, and to be honest, there does seem to be a breed suited for each and every one of us, how many times have you heard people say a dog looks just like its owner and as soon as those words are uttered you always see a resemblance.
Whether or not you could cope with a bouncy Springer Spaniel or a greedy Labrador is another matter! But when considering investing in a canine friend, you really have to think long and hard about what is best for it, and what is best for you.
When owning a dog you also have a huge responsibility to take the dog out, for at least two good walks a day, which is easy to do on those bright summer evenings but what about the dark, cold wet ones?
Walking every day can have major health benefits for you by keeping you active, but do you have the time to spend walking each day?
So perhaps then it’s time to look into something else …
Perhaps you should opt for the low maintenance cat? As long as you have a cat flap, they will be able to let themselves in and out as they please and they don’t need walking at all!
Although you still have to pay for food and perhaps pet insurance, it is a lot cheaper than for dogs. The only major outlay is the vet bills, but if you choose to get pet insurance this would minimizes the impact on your wallet!
Cats can be very good company and can become quite affectionate with the right care, but beware some cats bring in unwanted gifts… birds and mice aren’t the nicest thing to find on your kitchen floor in the morning!
Maybe you don’t want the hassle of having to let your pet outdoors at all? So perhaps the cat or dog option isn’t the best choice for you. If that’s the case, consider getting a rabbit, a guinea pig, a hamster or one of the other small creatures that are available. These pets are inexpensive and only need a bit of attention once a day and their cages cleaned out every few days. The only thing you are paying for is the one off cost of a cage and then their food, which costs next to nothing and lasts ages!
With all the pets we have talked about, you may still not have found the one for you…
You might be interested in something a bit different or a bit tropical? How about looking into getting a parrot, a cockatiel, a budgie or a love bird?
These beautiful birds really are not the norm, but can still be great pets! You do need to be willing to give them a lot of time and attention though and they are probably some of the more expensive pets that are on offer.
If you still haven’t found a pet that appeals to you, maybe it’s time to give up? Perhaps you aren’t the pet lover you thought you But there is one option still left… fish.
There are many different varieties in many different shapes, sizes and colors. Their pricing varies on how rare or tropical the fish is, but once you have purchased a tank and the right equipment, they are very easy and inexpensive to keep.
You should now be more aware of what pets are available, what they can offer you, and what you can offer them.
So take note and be sure to make the right choice when choosing a pet, remembering to give it all the care and attention it needs!