Thursday, 10 March 2016

Things to consider when choosing your first Pet

Three things to think about when you want a pet

My three have been bugging me for a pet for months now, and it always changes! One minute it’s a fluffy rabbit, and the next a cuddly puppy. I’m sure at some point we’ll get our first pet, but for now I have my hands full!

I recently saw some gorgeous mixedbreed puppies for sale though, which I admit made me want one more than ever! We love to go on family walks together, so a dog would fit really well into our lifestyle. But with the kids being so young, they take up a lot of my energy, so perhaps a guinea pig would be easier to care for.

I’m sure we’ll be able to figure it out when the time comes, but I thought I’d put together a few of the concerns that I’ve had about getting our first pet.

1) Your finances

Animals are another member of the family, and they need the same love, care and attention as children. Unfortunately, this can bring a pretty large sum of money with it; regular vet bills, pet insurance, new toys - the list goes on!

There are things you can do to try and keep on top of it though. There are a lot of veterinary practices that have monthly plans to include all of your pet’s medication, regular check-ups, vaccinations and neutering. Why not get in touch with your local vet and ask what plans they have in place before you get your pet?

2) What kind of pet suits you?

Aside from knowing that they’re safe for the kids to be around, I want to be able to give our new furry family member the attention that they deserve. Our pet has to be able to fit into our busy lifestyle.

Right now, I think ours is a little too chaotic. It just wouldn’t be fair to bring a boisterous little puppy into our environment. Once the kids are a little older though, we’ll be able to spend a lot more time with our pet.

I think people should always consider which animal is right for them, as it can be so cruel to selfishly buy something that you aren’t capable of taking care of. For a quick quiz that will help you find the animals most suited to you, click here.

3) Preparation

I mentioned researching your pet earlier, but another thing I’ve been thinking about is preparing for their arrival. From the carrier, to the sleeping area, the grooming tools, the toys - another never-ending list!

It’s always better to be prepared in advance, so I think when we’re ready to welcome our fourth arrival, I’ll be doing plenty of running around trying to put together it’s own little space. It’s a good job I have so much experience with potty training!

Have you had the same thoughts as me about your first pet? Please let me know in the comments, as I’d love to hear your stories :)

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