If you have been living by yourself for sometime, you will
need to make a few adjustments if choosing a pet. Some pets require a lot of
attention, while others do not. For example, a bird, a goldfish, or a snake will
not need as much attention as a hamster or a dog. The higher the need for
attention that the pet has the more time you must have to spend with the pet in
order for it to behave, to grow and for it to be kind and gentle to you as well
as those who visit your home.
How can you gauge what type of pet is best for your
personal needs? Letís take a look at how much time you have in your day. Do
you spend more then eight hours away from the home everyday? If you do, a dog
might not be a good pet, as a dog needs to be let outside often. If you are gone
all the time, but you have a dog run or a fenced in yard, a dog could be a great
pet for you. If you are gone all the time, but you live in the city or in a
small apartment a cat, or other type of animal that doesnít need outdoors most
likely is going to suit your needs best.
Spending a lot of time away from the home, a small animal
that does not need to run would best suit your needs. A bird in a cage, a
hamster in a cage or an aquarium full of your favorite fish would be easy to
care for, and they donít require too much daily interaction for them to thrive
and continue to grow.
If you live in the city or in a small apartment, you often
will need to check with your property owner about what type of pets you are
permitted to have before you get a pet. Birds, fish, and hamsters are not often
considered pets that will leave smells or stains in the apartment after you move
out. Often dogs, cats and sometimes snakes or iguanas are only permitted with
the property owner permission. Another type of animal that may only be permitted
in the apartment with the landlords permission is a ferret.
Costly pets can be overwhelming if you are on a fixed
budget. Some types of pets will require little attention but can be costly when
it comes to food, preparing their habitat or other things involved in raising
pets. An example of a pet with an expensive need would be a bird that only eats
a certain food that you must run across town for that is more than what your
meal would cost. Snakes that only eat live food or iguanaís that require
special heat lights and heat rocks are another type of expensive type pet.
Living alone or with a family, does not mean that you
canít have pets, but you must learn to choose your pets wisely so you donít
end up having to give up the pet that you love so much. Choosing a pet that is
going to fit your time schedule and your budget is a wise choice.
Where can you find quality pets? Many newspapers run
classified sections where you can find pets that need good homes. Breeders,
retailers, and private sellers of animals offer various types of pricing on all
types of pets.
Pet stores are another source of finding a pet. What is
important to remember, is often a pet store is going to be more expensive than
other sources to obtain a pet. You can find pets that are pure bred or mixed
breeds. From worms, to fish, mice, snakes, cat and dog, you can find most all
pet stores are going to carry a wide variety of animals that you can choose