Things to Know Before Living with your Pets

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by Kate Wilson

Every person has his best moments that will last forever. Meeting your pet for the first time may be one among those. You might be dreaming of buying a pet ever since you were a kid. Though pets don’t go to the extent of saving you from a burning building or from the bottom of the well, they can be quite helpful and entertaining too. Owning a pet can be an amazing experience if you are careful enough to choose wisely. However you need to consider some things before bringing your pet home. Here are a few tips which might help you.

Can you commit?

This is an important point you need to consider. Before you adopt your pet and start living with it, just think. Will you be able to walk your dog at least three times a day? Or will you have enough time to exercise your cat in the late afternoon? In case you are too busy, do you have someone to appoint to do those tasks? If not, you can also buy low demand pets such as fish or a parakeet which need very less attention. Remember, even pets need refreshment frequently or they become sulky and resentful.

Can your pet adjust to your lifestyle?

Don’t choose a pet just by seeing how cute or popular it is. You will end up donating it to an animal shelter as it turns out too intolerant. If you are interested in a particular breed, do some research about it and see whether you are capable of handling it and providing for its temperament. You can also consult people who have adopted that breed animal. By doing so, you’ll be able to know more about the breed. For example, the Chihuahuas are adorable and are easy to maintain. But the problem is that they are too intolerant and are known for biting kids.

This rule not only applies to dogs but also includes cats. Any cat that you buy must match your personality. For example, some cats require too much attention while others are independent. So, do your researches widely before coming to a conclusion.

Consult a vet before you adopt

The best solution for choosing a pet is consulting a vet. A vet can be a very useful source to help you in choosing a pet that would match your lifestyle and needs. Don’t just go to some vet who lives around your area. You need a veterinarian who best suits your needs. You could ask your friends for veterinary recommendations. You can also read online reviews for the best vets in your community. Keep in contact with that vet as you’ll need him/her when your pet facing any kind of illness.

Make your home pet – friendly

Don’t just leave around things in your house when you have a pet. A simple piece of bubble gum can be poisonous for dogs and the ibuprofen is deadly for cats. Make it a priority to go through your house and see that all hazards are out of the way. They include small toys, counter tops, low level cabinets and curtain chords. Also, be careful to dispose any plants that are poisonous to cats and dogs. Do your research so you know what is not safe for your pet.

If you consider all these points and keep them in mind, you can have fun to the maximum extent with your pets and keep them healthy and clean.


Kate is a writer/blogger. She loves writing, traveling and reading books.

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Devoted pet owner and now, devoted pet editor, Judi spent her time working in traditional offices, keeping the books and the day-to-day operations organized. Taking her dog to work every day for over a decade never seemed odd. Neither did having an office cat. She knows what it's like to train a new puppy and she's experienced the heartache of losing beloved companions.

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