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Pick the Perfect Pet for Your Personality

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.

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  • 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.

Krystal

Friday 23rd of September 2016

I love the advice you give to pet lovers. Ive notice lots of people do not know what its like. When I picked my dog five years ago i was shocked the hard work one has to put in. From potty training to obedience training but its all worth it in the end. My doggie is part of my family and love him so much.

Kristy @ Mommy Hates Cooking

Wednesday 21st of September 2016

These are all wonderful points to consider when thinking of getting a pet. I know so many people who jump in without giving it a second thought, and then they find themselves in over their head. Pets are a long term commitment, but most of the time they're worth it!

Alison

Tuesday 20th of September 2016

I love animals so we have a ton of them (5 dogs, currently a litter of 8 puppies to add to those, 3 cats, 1 kitten, a bearded dragon and several miniature horses. Being animal parent is not for the faint of heart and I think these are awesome tips for anyone that might be considering expanding their family with a new family member of the 4 legged type!

Amy Desrosiers

Tuesday 20th of September 2016

When we adopted our dog online from halfway across the country I admit I went on looks at first glance. I am so glad that she worked out with our family because it was pretty stressful at first training her and such.

Bites for Foodies

Tuesday 20th of September 2016

Such a thoughtful post, and actually more people to need to read posts like this! People should do their research before buying just any random pet...that's why so many end up back in humane societies or being sold to other people!