Getting a New Family Pet – Choosing the right family pet

When we decide to get a new family pet, it is important to make sure that we are choosing the right family pet.

First you will want to decide what size pet you want.  Do you want a caged pet such as a hamster or guinea pig?   Ferret or Chinchilla?  Reptile?  Fish?  Dog or cat?  There are so many different types of pets that you can get.  The  important question is which type is right for your family?  Do you want to clean a cage or fish tank?  Do you want a pet that you can play with?  How much time do you have to spend with your pet?  What type and size pet can you afford?

Getting a New Family Pet – Choosing the right family pet
Getting a New Family Pet – Choosing the right family pet

I will continuously be adding pages about different types of pets, and topics about those pets.  I will have posts on the home page about different topics also.  Most of my information will probably be about Dogs and Cats, as I feel (I may be wrong) that dogs and cats are the most common pets and require the most care and attention.

I currently have 3 dogs and 2 cats.  In the past I have also had hamsters, a mouse, a rat, guinea pigs, rabbits, and fish.  I  have friends that have had or do have reptiles such as lizards, snakes, and iguanas. (I know Iguanas are a large lizard, but I separate them because they are so much larger than most.)

I prefer dogs and cats, because as a mother, I was the only one that would clean the cages of the small animals and I got  sick of that pretty quickly.  The children seemed to get bored with them after a while, so the only attention that they got was when I gave them attention, or told the children that they had to.  So after those animals passed away, I vowed to never get another caged animal.  The dogs and cats will ask for attention if they feel that you are not giving them enough.  It doesn’t seem to matter what age you are, dogs and cats never get boring, and if you are irritating them, they will usually let you know about it.

Cats have their own personality.  They are very independent.  If they want attention they will do whatever it takes to get it.  If they don’t, well, they will do whatever they have to do to avoid you, and  if you won’t leave them alone, you just  may get scratched.  I have recently been told, (and as I think back I believe that it is true) that male cats are more loving than female cats.  Of course with anything, there is always an exception to the rule.  With cats you don’t have to worry about making sure that they can get outside to go to the bathroom, but with that the one main con with a cat is the litter box.  That is one thing that nobody likes about cats, but for those of us that love cats, decide that it is worth dealing with the littler box.  Cats can be toilet trained.  I will have a page or post about that at some point.  Scratching is another problem people find with cats, but usually if you make sure that they have a scratching post or something like that, they will leave your furniture alone with some guidance.

Dogs are just wonderful (If raised right).  Your dog will love you more than you could ever imagine.  To a dog, you are  their world.  Dogs can be trained to do so many things.  They require the most care above all other house pets.  They need companionship, training ( I am not saying that you need to pay a dog trainer), guidance, love.  They have to be let out if you don’t have a doggie door and fence for them.  (I have a doggie door with the PetSafe wireless fence that I will tell you about in another post or page, the best purchases that I have ever made for my fur babies)

You really need to spend more time with a dog, than any other house pet.  They also have their own personalities, but they are not as independent as a cat.  Your dog will more than likely want to be near you all of the time.  The main concerns for people getting a new dog, is house training and chewing on your stuff.

One of my dogs (Springer Spaniel) was so terrible when we first got him ( he was 9 months old when we adopted him from the local rescue shelter), for about the first month, he ate everything (even bicycle helmet and clothes hamper).  He destroyed 2 dog crates, broke windows to get out, this list could go on and on and on.  The shelter named him Buster because he busted out of every fence that they put him in, they even wrote in his file that he jumped over a 7 foot building to escape, how he did that I do not know.   We look back at it now and laugh, but at the time it was very stressful.  We did a lot of research on why dogs do this and how to stop it.  I didn’t find my answer online.  Friends gave advice and we just kept trying different things. ( I will have a page about this also).  So, if you are planning to get a puppy or older dog, make sure you read my posts about dogs.

If you are choosing a dog or a cat, and you don’t have your mind set on a specific breed, it is always nice to check out humane societies, or rescue centers/shelters.  More than likely the purebreds that people breed and sell will have homes pretty fast.  The abandoned pets at the shelters may not ever find a home.  Usually they are not expensive to adopt compared to buying a purebred.  You normally only have to pay the shelter the cost of shots, neuter or spay expenses and a small portion for food that it has cost them to feed  the pet.  Sometimes you can get a purebred from the shelters.  We got Buster from a rescue shelter, and it only cost us $180 to adopt him.  He doesn’t have papers, but that didn’t matter to us.  He is a purebred Springer Spaniel, so if we had bought a Springer Spaniel from a breeder, the prices that I have found range from $1000 to $1500.  Now obviously if you are planning to breed dogs, you would need papers, and you wouldn’t want to get one from a shelter because they automatically spay or neuter them.

Have fun looking through my pages and posts while you are choosing your new family pet.

Please leave any questions or comments below about getting a new family pet and I will get back to you.

Thank you,

Trina

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