Our guide to buying a pet
So you want to get a new pet, a new addition to the family and something with which you will be sharing a home? Deciding on which pet to buy is never an easy process. You will want to find the pet that best suits you, your family, your home and one that you feel some form of affection towards.
So whether you’re undecided as to what kind of pet would best suit you, or you’re just not sure where to get one, there are plenty of factors to consider.
Firstly, if you’re not an experienced pet owner, starting small can often be the best option. Smaller animals, for the most part, tend to be a little easier to look after - however it is important to recognise that all pets require special attention in one way or another, so you will need to read up on them all before you make your choice.
Take rabbits for example, a very popular household pets, especially if you have children - they are relatively small (well, most of them!) and can make a fantastic addition to any household as long as you’re willing to put the time in to take care of them.
Rabbits are sensitive little things, and they just love having company - whether from another furry friend or from you, so as a responsible owner you need to be prepared to spend a lot of time with him, including hugs, snuggles, and plenty of games.
Rabbits can be brilliant pets both indoors and outdoors - they can also be toilet trained so house rabbits can roam freely (when you’re around) and hop their way to a litter tray when they need to go to the toilet.
Having said that, indoor rabbits can be difficult to look after - they will still need an indoor hutch when you leave the house, and you absolutely must make sure that all exposed wires are encased in protective plastic and kept well out of the reach of any munching teeth - not only will you spend a lot of money on new electrical items if you don’t, but it would pose a fatal risk to your rabbit.
Other obvious examples of indoor pets would be cats and dogs - of course, both are amazing in different ways, but both take a lot of work. Cats can be generally independent creatures, but are also very loving, so if you don’t spend any time at home, they may well get lonely, and become less affectionate when you are there because they’re not used to having you around.
Dogs of course are incredibly loyal, and will love you no matter what - but if you leave a dog alone all day whilst at work, it will no doubt miss you very much, and as a result could start displaying antisocial behaviour, if not to you then definitely your furniture.
So what other indoor pets are there? Well obviously there’s goldfish, but they don’t really do a great deal let’s be honest - so how about a small bird like a budgie? They can make fantastic pets, they create a bit of noise around the place, and can be pretty perceptive to human interaction.
Again though, budgies are delicate little creatures, so you will need to make sure that you provide them with a balanced and nurturing home environment so they’ll be able to thrive properly.
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