IDEAS ON CHOOSING PETS TO SUIT LIFESTYLE
If you’re looking to buy a pet but want to be sure that it will be a good fit, here I take a look what matters most in terms of your lifestyle.
Some general things to think about before getting any pet are where you are living and what kind of accommodation you have, as well as that, you need to factor in that every pet has a significant cost involved (food, toys, vet visits etc). For every animal you have you’ll also need to have a neighbour or friend that is the caregiver when you are away. After you have worked out these issues then you can start thinking about which animal is going to be the perfect match to your life.
All pets need your time, but there are of course some that are more high maintenance than others. Dogs and birds are very social animals and should be played with or talked to for several hours a day for example.
Cats want attention but can be happy with less than those mentioned above. There are also the smaller animals such as rabbits, ferrets, mice and rats that, yes, need daily petting and cleaning of their cages, but are still in comparatively low maintenance.
Last of all, for those who work very long hours or have too many hobbies or commitments, should be thinking of fish or reptiles such as lizards.
On the topic of time, if because of work you only have time late at night or very early mornings, then some pets that would be happy with attention at these times are cats, rabbits and guinea pigs. While dogs’ body clocks will clash with that of a night owl, these other animals are actually happier at these hours and more active.
Are you a very active person? Or you prefer to relax and watch TV a lot? Dogs can actually be great for both; however, you need to think about which breed. Active dog breeds include Terriers, Dalmatians, Dobermans, Sheepdogs and Labradors. On the other hand, calm dog breeds include Chihuahuas, Greyhounds (strange but true), Shih Tzus, Pugs and Basset Hounds.
As mentioned above, cats and smaller animals require less time, and also they do not need you to take them to exercise. So, if you are very active perhaps these animals will bore you, while if you are a homebody then they can perfectly suit your lifestyle.
There are some people out there who want to push everything to the limit, even with their pets. If this sounds like you then why not get an incredibly smart dog that you can train to do the most incredible tricks? Also, you might want to get a parrot and work hard at teaching it to say as many words as possible.
An even bigger challenge could be to get yourself a horse and train it for competitions. Finally, you could look for exotic animals that need to be cared for with very specific temperatures and special food (saltwater fish), or get a dangerous animal that you must be very careful so as to not get stung (snake, scorpion or spider).
Do you have any other ideas about what lifestyles suit certain animals? Share your comments below.