What’s Your Perfect Pet?

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Every home needs a pet! There’s just something so wonderful about being able to bring a new addition into your home that you and your family can care for and love. A lot of people love the idea of pets as a whole, but there are some who aren’t sure about the idea of having yet another being in the house eating the food and taking up space. However, no matter what your opinion is, the most important thing is to be aware that not every type of pet is going to be perfect for every home! You should make sure to select the kind of pet that’s going to fit in with your family and your lifestyle. Here are a few things to consider when deciding what your perfect pet really is.

How attached do you want to get?

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This might sound like a slightly odd question. After all, surely you want to get as attached as possible, right? Why would you bring an animal into your home if you didn’t want to get attached to it? However, there are plenty of reasons why you might want a pet that you won’t get quite as close to. For a lot of people, especially kids, the loss of a pet can be like the loss of a family member. If that’s the case and you feel as though your family might be especially sensitive then maybe something like a hamster or a fish might be better. Sure, you and your kids will be sad when they die, but those kinds of animals have much shorter lifespans that cats or dogs, and it means that they will be slightly less crucial to your family’s dynamic. It might sound harsh to say that, but a lot of people simply aren’t emotionally equipped to handle the kind of grief that comes with the loss of a beloved family pet. Of course, if you do want a pet that will become a member of your family then a dog may well be perfect. Getting a puppy is a great way to really feel as though your family has grown by one. You can spend your time looking for the perfect pup, looking up dog names for boys and girls, and figuring out what kinds of breeds would suit your family. For many young kids, having a puppy in the house feels very similar to having a new sibling around.

How much time can you commit?

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Of course, if you work long shifts every single day and don’t have the time or energy in the evenings to take your pet on long walks, then a dog might not be right for you. If you’re looking for a pet that you can shower with affection but don’t necessarily have to dedicate huge amounts of time to training, then you might be better off with something like a cat. Although, many reptiles can be fantastic pets if you’re in this situation. A lot of lizards and snakes can be surprisingly affectionate, but they are also pretty happy to be left alone for incredibly long stretches of time as long as they are fed and watered regularly.

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