When we think about family pets we tend to think of cats and dogs. If we want something easier to look after then we might consider rabbits, hamsters or guinea pigs. These are all great and can make lovely additions to the family. However it is important to recognise that these are not your only choices. In fact there are many pet choices that are overlooked, but actually would make wonderful pets for your family.
If you want a pet that everyone in the house can cuddle with and handle then a furry animal could be the right choice for you. Chinchillas and degus can be good choices, especially because they are OK left on their own all day if you are out at work. As long as they are handled often they are fine with being held and will happily sit on a lap to be petted. Although many people would say an automatic no, rats are really loving animals which makes them great pets. They’re also really easy to look after which is great.
Although slightly less cuddly, reptiles are fascinating creatures. Lizards make a great family pet that everyone can get involved with. They do take a quite an extensive set-up and a lot of looking after, so you should make sure you know what you are getting into before you get one. Lizards come in all sizes too, so whatever size of pet you are looking for there will be something that suits you..
Perhaps not a pet for the home, it is worth considering a horse as a pet. They can be expensive and you’ll need somewhere for them to be stabled, but they make lovely pets. One of the best things about horses is that they are great for getting you out there and enjoying the great outdoors.
Whatever type of pet you want, you need to make sure that you know what you are getting into. Different animals have different needs, so it is important that you know what is expected. When you have a pet you are in charge of their well-being, so it stands to reason you are going to want to do what is best for them. This means knowing what type of housing they like and what they eat. On top of that you need to look at what their daily and long term need are.
A big part of this is knowing who you should contact if there is a problem. When your pet is unwell you need to make sure that you know who to contact and get them medical advice. This could be a simple trip to the vet or the need to visit one stop equine shops. Whatever it is, knowing who to contact before the problem arises is a good idea!
Committing to a pet is a big deal and not a decision you should take lightly. That said, there are so many pets out there waiting for loving homes so if you’re in a position to give them one, you should.