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How to Choose the Perfect Family Pet

Is your family itchin’ to add a pet? If so, ya might be a wonderin’ what kind of pet is best for ya. ‘Round here, I don’t reckon my Lady did the choosin’! We all found our way to her and she rescued us, but that’s a whole ‘nother story! The best thing is to be prepared and look at all that will be needed. By bein’prepared and and thinkin’ things out ‘fore hand, it might save a whole heap of troubles! Take a look below at these 5 helpful tips from my Lady on how to choose the perfect family pet. After lookin’ at your family’s space, budget, and resources, you can best pick a pet that will be able to call your address its furever home. Take a look!

How to Choose the Perfect Family Pet

Five helpful tips on How to Choose the Perfect Family Pet

1. Hold a family meeting

This is a great time to discuss what everyone in your family has in mind. Since each member of your family is different, each one may have different ideas. Talk to each other about what pets you are considering. You want to be sure you are picking a pet that everyone is comfortable with and can love and enjoy.

2. Consider your environment

Think about what sort of space you live in before choosing a pet. Do you have a large yard? Is it fenced in? What about your home? Do you have a little space or a great deal of space? Are pets allowed at your living complex or apartment? Think about these things before choosing a pet. Depending on your space and yard, you may have to consider the size of your pet. Birds, hamsters, and fish may be ideal for smaller, unfenced spaces, while dogs and cats are better for larger, fenced in areas.

3. What is your budget?

Owning and caring for a pet can be very expensive. What is your budget looking like? Remember even after you adopt the animal, it will have food and pet medical care costs associated with it. If working on a tighter budget, a hamster or fish may be ideal for you. A larger budget is ideal for animals with larger appetites and more required care, such as dogs, cats, and rabbits.

4. Designate tasks

Before deciding on a pet, talk about what the tasks of each family member will be. You want to be sure you are choosing a pet that will be fed, cleaned, played with, and exercised. Talking about these tasks beforehand can help you choose a pet you all can be involved with.

5. Consider health needs

Is anyone in your family allergic to pet dander? If so, you may wish to adopt a fish or small hamster. Consider allergies or any other sensitivities family members may have before deciding.

Once you answer all of these questions for choosing the perfect family pet, you are prepared to make a decision. Choose a pet that works for your family budget, environment, and health needs. Once you decide, contact a local pet shelter or rescue agency. Many shelters have an abundance of dogs and cats to choose from and chances are they may have a selection of birds, mice, hamsters, snakes, and even fish to choose from!


Tuesday 17th of March 2020

Good guidelines on making an important decision. I've experienced it before, it's good to take your time!!

Denise Smith

Tuesday 21st of October 2014

great tips we have 2 dogs and 4 cats so we love both cats and dogs in our home

Lisa diaz

Monday 20th of October 2014

Awesome tips! My kids are wanting a pet, but in our apartments we can't have any right now. We do have a cat but she is staying with my mother in law until we find another place. Hope to be getting us a new friend soon :)

Deb E

Monday 20th of October 2014

Oh, budget is a big one. A small dog or cat is in my future though!

Cathy Armato

Sunday 19th of October 2014

Wonderful tips! I would add to thoroughly Research the breed of dog you're looking at to ensure you can handle their energy level and specific breed traits, in addition to how big he might get. Even if the dog is a mix, know the two prominent breed characteristics. Love & Biscuits, Cathy, Isis & Phoebe


Monday 20th of October 2014

I agree wholeheartedly! Many people get a small cute puppy only to realize it grows into a huge dog. They need to be aware of the adult size and temperaments of the individual breeds. Mix breeds have a special place in my heart, but you can also tell a lot about their temperaments from making an estimated guess on the breeds involved.

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