Congratulations, you decided that you want a pet! The next question is what type of pet should you get? Each animal has different needs and it is important that their needs and what you can provide are a good match. If you live in a small space, it may not be practical to get a large dog. Determining what type of animal to get is just as important as deciding you want a pet.
How Much Spare Time Do You Have?
Some pets require more time than others do. Puppies, for example, will require a significant amount of your time. On the other hand, small animals like gerbils, chinchillas, and hamsters do not require as much time and attention. Animals that are self-sufficient will not need you as much.
Animals that are more playful or who have significant exercise needs will require being outdoors two to three times per day. If you do not have the energy to play or walk with your pet when you get home from work, you may consider getting fish.
Consistency is important for some pets. They learn to mould their expectations around your schedule. Dogs and cats are good at knowing when you are going to come home. If your schedule is inconsistent or you are constantly away, it may not be advisable to get animals that require you to go outside or use the bathroom unless you have someone to do it for you.
How Much Can You Afford?
Pets vary in cost. Some add quite a bit to your expenses whilst others are not as pricey. Costs such as food, collars, leashes, cages, beds, spaces, pet insurance, and training add up. The cost of a small animal or reptile will not be nearly as much as a large dog. Pets can also cause damage and it is important to consider whether you can afford any damage they may cause to your place. Pet deposits may be required as well depending on where you live.
How Much Space Do You Have for Your Pet?
All pets need space for their living quarters. Some, of course, require more space than others do. Consider how much space you have available in your home for your pet. Also, be sure to check that you are allowed to have pets if you are renting. Do you have space for a pet to run around freely? Are you nearby a local park? Or do you live in small quarters? Space will influence what type of pet you pick.
What Type of Person Are You?
Just like people, pets have personalities and temperaments. The type of pet you get should have tendencies that are consistent with your own. For example, if the pet is high energy and playful, but you are more relaxed, you may not be able to give the pet the level of attention it seeks.
Asking yourself these types of questions will ensure you pick the perfect pet for you.