Sharing your life and every day experiences with a pet brings great deal of joy, but it also requires responsibility and long-term commitment. If you know that you want a pet, but you are not sure what type of pet.
Follow this simple guidelines:
Research and educate yourself
Before deciding which pet to choose you need to learn about the needs of different types of pets. Each animal has its own physical and emotional needs that need to be fulfilled. The right choice should be made depending on those needs, as well as your lifestyle habits. It is advisable to do a thorough research and understand the implications.
Buying a pet on a whim is the biggest mistake. If it turns out that you cannot take proper care of the animal, both you and your pet will be unhappy. The pet will feel neglected and you will feel guilty.

Answer the question why you want a pet
It is important to determine why you want a pet. Do you need it to be a child substitute? Do you need a companion? Do you want to teach it tricks and interact with it? Do you want to pamper it? Although how your relationship will develop depends greatly on the pet’s character, rather than on the species, it is good to have proper directions on where you want to go.

For how long you want to keep your pet
Different pets have different life spans. For example small parrots live 8-14 years, while big parrots live up to 60 years. Dog and cats live around 12-16 years. Guinea pigs live 5-6 years and mice live only 2 years. Base your decision on whether you are looking for a long-term or short-term commitment.

Think about your current pets
If you already have some pet and want to expand the family, make sure the pet you select can fit into your current household. If your current pet has been alone for a longer period or if is not socialized it will be hard for him to accept newcomers. There are also some safety risks involved. For example, dogs and cats may pray on smaller pets like guinea pigs, rabbits and reptiles.

The cost of being a pet parent
Owning a pet is not only a long-term commitment in time, but in money too. The initial cost of the pet is not the only expense. You need to evaluate the expenses related to the pet’s feeding, housing, entertainment and grooming. Not to mention paying the vet’s bills.

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