Choosing the right pet for you and your family can be harder than people realize. Yes, it is possible to instantly fall in love with a dog or cat and decide that they will be your friend forever, but there is usually more to the decision than that. Before you start looking for the next furry addition to your family, remember to keep these tips in mind.
When it comes to bringing a pet into your home, the absolute worst thing you can do is buy on impulse. That puppy or kitten you see in the pet store might look adorable enough to take home, but caring for it is another issue entirely. You might end up with a dog breed that doesn't get along with your children or other pets, or you might find that it needs more attention than you can give it. Bringing a pet into your home is a big decision; don't act like you would if you saw the perfect pair of shoes on sale.
If you're thinking about bringing a pet into your home, do some research to make sure you know what pet will be right for your family. For example, if you want to adopt a dog and you have small children or other pets, you should find out which breeds will get along with them. You should also know how much it will cost to feed your new pet, how much exercise it will need, how much it will shed, and what health issues are common to that breed. Of course, this same goes for cats, hamsters, gerbils, rats, ferrets, and every other kind of pet. Fortunately, there is plenty of information out there for anybody willing to look. DogTime's Dog Matchup that will help you find the right breed of dog for your home, but you can find other resources with a Google search or from your local humane society.
Some pets require more attention than others, so you need to consider your lifestyle when choosing a pet. If you work long hours and don't spend a lot of time at home, any pet you choose should be fairly independent. If you spend a lot of time at home and want a companion, a small dog that doesn't have a lot of energy compared to other breeds might be best. If you like to spend a lot of time outside, look for a big dog who likes to go for walks and who loves to play outside. You know yourself and your lifestyle better than anybody else, so take all of it into consideration when you want to look for a new furry companion.
As tempting as it may be to buy a cute puppy or kitten from a pet store, there are just as many homeless animals out there in humane societies and kennels who need homes. These animals are just as deserving of a loving home as any other animal you might find at a pet store, and adopting them is usually easier and less expensive. Give them a chance, and you'll almost certainly find the perfect companion for your family.
For more information about finding your perfect furry forever friend or to discover how you can help save the lives of animals near you, contact the Kansas Humane Society or your local animal shelter today.
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