If you’re thinking about getting a family pet to add to the household, there are many details that you need to think about in depth before you bring that furry friend home. Living with a family pet is a big responsibility: It demands time, energy, and costs.
If you aren’t ready to part with those things, it’s better to know sooner than later. Most families are going to choose either a cat or dog. Once you have decided on the right kind of animal for your household, you have to think about what type of training you want it to have.
You need to make sure that you can keep up with the animal’s shots, vaccinations, and general health. And then you need to get your house ready for when it’s time to fetch your new pet and bring it home.
Cat or Dog?
You can loosely divide the world into cat and dog people. Almost everyone has a preference. And almost everyone makes a strong choice.
So depending on how the personalities and your family match up, this can be the first topic for discussion around the dinner table. Some families may choose to get a cat and a dog, but that means that you have to hope your animals are inclined get along with critters outside of their own species as well.
Training Is Essential
Particularly for dogs, you probably want to put your new housemate through animal training of some kind. Dogs need to be socialized. And they also need to listen to their owners for safety reasons.
You can do a certain amount of obedience training on your own, but by going to a professional trainer, you can often get much better results in a shorter time frame. Everyone gets annoyed by dogs that don’t behave, so make sure you plan to train yours as necessary.
Shots, Vaccinations, and Pet Health
Animals need shots, vaccinations, and health checkups. If you don’t have the money to take your pet to the vet annually or every few years, then you probably shouldn’t have a pet at all.
Depending on the type and breed of your animal, shots and medications can be expensive. So be sure to research how much it might cost to keep your pets healthy before you decide to bring one home.
Getting Your Home Ready
Not every animal matches every house without adjustments either. Cats tend to scratch furniture. Canine paws tend to scratch up hardwood floors. Cats can get on counters in the kitchen.
There are all sorts of hazards that various pets can get into. If your cupboards aren’t locked shut, cats and dogs can get in them. So be sure to follow animal safety tips in your house, just like you would if you were baby-proofing your home.g