How to pick the purr-fect pet for your personality
Over a year ago now, we introduced our beautiful kitten Patch to our home. Safe to say that I couldn’t imagine our home without him now, and the corner of my eye is constantly seeking that familiar black and white coat.
For you lovely readers out there who are thinking of getting a kitten yourselves, or perhaps a new puppy or rabbit, I thought I’d share with you a few questions that we had to consider before we took the plunge and brought out little fur ball home.
- Where do you live?
We had to think about this carefully, because the kind of place we have was only really suitable for a kitten. Houses are considered better for dogs as they usually have access to a garden at least. It’s also better for animals like rabbits, as they can either have their hutch outside or in a cool garage, and be let out into runs for the day.
If you live in an apartment, then you should only really think about getting a small dog who isn’t wanting to nag you for long walks all the time, or an indoor cat. That doesn’t mean that those animals can’t still become distressed though if their environments aren’t right for them. Felines enjoy having lots of places to hide and climb, as well as lots of textures around the place to give them mental stimulation.
- How do you spend your free time?
A cat or dog may be the obvious choice for a pet, but if you simply don’t like to spend your free time in the house, or going on short walks, then you’ll hit a problem. They both still like to have lots of attention from their owner, and a depressed pet is the last thing you need as it’s not fair to either of you. Instead, look at animals that are lower maintenance, such as gerbils and rabbits. They’re quite happy to be left alone until you get back.
Another note to add here is that you should also look at how you spend your money; a big element of pet ownership is making sure your animal has everything they need, and that means food, regular new toys, consistent vet check-ups and vaccinations. All of this will cost you thousands in the long-term, so don’t get a pet that breaks the bank!
- What’s in your future?
A pet can mean a commitment of 10-20 years, so you have to think about what else you want to do in life. Do you want to have children for example? Then a rescue animal might not be right for you. Instead, look at buying a breed of puppy that is considered good with children.
I hope you found this post useful in determining the best pet for you. Leave me a comment with which animal you’d pick and why.