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Choosing the Right Pet for You

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It’s always exciting when you’ve decided to welcome a new pet into your home. But with all the choices, how do you know which type of pet is right for you and your lifestyle? Here are a few of the pros and cons of owning some of the most common types and what you can expect when owning each. So calm those nerves and get exciting about your new friend!

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Playful Pooch Having a playful pup is definitely a full time job. While having a dog as a member of the family can be loads of fun and very rewarding, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to keep in mind that a family with a demanding schedule and without a lot of down time may want to think twice before adopting a dog. Dogs are usually very active animals and need as much exercise and play time that they can get. Can you see a cuddly canine in your home?

Questions to consider before deciding on a dog: Do I have a spacious area for the dog to exercise and run around? Would I have the time to be attentive to the dog and its needs, such as potty breaks and play time? If there are small children around, would they be able to handle an active puppy?

If you decide a dog is the right fit for you, consider adopting from your local pet shelter!

Dogs will need to be walked as often as possible. Strethcing their legs will help them to grow big and strong!

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Caring for a fuzzy feline is very different from an energetic pup. While cats are affectionate and playful, they are also very low-maintenance and won’t need the attention that a dog would. Cats are known for their independence and curiosity. Cats are generally less territorial than dogs and may be better suited to be around young children. With independence, however, may come solitude at times. Is a curious kitty the one for you?

Pros

Independent They use a litter box. Affectionate They don’t need large spaces.

They don’t need to be walked.

Cons

They shed. May use their claws to scratch things like furniture, etc. Generally do not travel well Hard to train

A kitten can be a great gift for little ones or anyone who enjoys animals! Cats are known for being cuddly and affectionate!

Friendly Feline

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Compact Critters

Animal shelters oftentimes house smaller critters, such as rabbits, as well!

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Don’t have the time or space for a cat or dog, but would really like to have a pet in your home? Then you may want to consider a smaller critter who doesn’t need the activity and maintenence that a cat or dog would need. This spectrum of pets is broad enough to suit anyone’s interests. Check out the benefits of caring for fish, hamsters, rabbits, and many more! You are sure to find a lovable creature that would fit right into your busy lifestyle!

Hamsters

Hamsters are cute, little rodents who are perfect for someone living in a small area, such as an apartment. They make a great pet for small children, but the are known for being nocturnal.

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Fish

Fish are perfect for someone who doesn’t have time to sit and play with their pet, but would enjoy displaying their aquarium of fish. Though fish are considered low maintence, it does take precise measures to keep your fish alive.

Rabbits

Rabbits are another great pet for someone with a small living space. They can be trained to use a litter box and are full of personality. Keep in mind that rabbits cannot live outdoors. They have been known to die of fright!

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Choosing the Right Pet for You