There are few things in life that bring us unconditional love. Adopting a pet and having a baby are two of those things. This post is about adopting a pet, so hopefully if you’re reading this, you’re searching for a new furry friend. Caring for an animal is more than having a permanent resident in your home. Animals enrich our lives and teach us discipline,  flexibility and patience.  Different species require different time commitment and vary in the complexity of care. What our pets give us in return is unique to each species.

Pets make your home more interesting. They keep you company, can provide a watchful eye and even give hours of free entertainment if you’re lucky. Pets can be therapeutic and improve your well-being through love and affection. As you might expect, fish or lizards won’t give back to you as a pet owner/parent in the same way that a cat or dog will, but there is still plenty of love you can give to a small animal and as a first-time pet owner, a small animal may be a perfect choice for you.

Things to consider when finding the right pet:

Adopting a pet is a financial commitment. Adopting a pet is also a forever thing (in most cases). Things you need to consider when getting a pet include practical things, such as cost, including cost to get the pet, to start them up with the very basics they need, and the cost to look after them on an ongoing basis. It is worth doing some research on this beforehand. Then there’s the ongoing cost of taking care of your pet. This includes veterinary check-ups and care and maintaining their environment (rodents, fish, birds have very specific needs). One of the big factors that can be more difficult to assess is the level of time and care that is required to look after your pet. For small animals, such as rodents, fish and birds, this may be easier. Even cats are fairly consistent from a breed perspective. Dogs have a very large range of differences in care required based on factors such as: breed, lifestages, and energy level. I would highly recommend doing some in-depth research and speaking with dog owners, a breeder, or veterinarian before adopting a dog. Having a mismatch regarding the needs of the pet and our personal lifestyle is one of the biggest reasons the adoption may not work out, which no one wants to happen.

So, take your time before you adopt a pet. Talk to other pet parents, do your research or contribute to discussion boards online to find out more. Adopting a pet is a real commitment, but well worth it.

About The Author Gavin Carothers

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