How to Choose an Ideal Pet for your Family

Most American homes will have a pet; it all seems effortless, but the choosing an ideal pet for your home is not easy. Luckily, there are many pet choices even unusual choices; it will all depend on the needs of your family and children. The following are some things to consider while choosing a pet;

>Match Your Pet To Your Life Style

Are you a night owl or a day person? Some pets, like sugar gliders and ferrets, spend much of the day asleep and are most active at night. Do you work long hours?
>Visit The Humane Society And Animal Rescue Organizations
Pay a few walk-through trips to your local humane society or ferret, guinea pig, and rabbit rescue organizations and interact with some of the animals there in a quiet one-on-one basis.
>Match Your Pet To Your Home Environment
How much free space is there? Is there a back yard? Is it fenced? How will your neighbors feel about this new pet? If you rent, what will your landlord think about this pet?

>Decide Why You Want A Pet

Is this pet going to be a child substitute? There is nothing wrong with that. Then you may want a dog or possibly an unusually affectionate cat. One of the toy breeds may be ideal for you.

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The allocation of enough time to consider all the factors such as your living and working condition before getting a pet are followed by deciding on a pet. The following are some pet choices;

>Dogs are still my favorite pets. I love them. Most are intelligent, loyal, happy and obedient. They bond closely with their owner (s). But they do require a lot of your time if they are to remain healthy and happy.
>Cats have been desirable pets since the days of the Egyptians. They are more independent than dogs and may thrive better if they must endure long periods of the day alone.
>Guinea pigs are gentle, affectionate pets. They can live in small quarters. They are economical to feed and, when well maintained, have little odor and produce little dander. Unfortunately, they only live for 5-8 years. They almost never bite. They do not make good pets for children. If you live in a cool environment and want a longer living rodent, purchase a chinchilla.
>Ferrets are very desirable pets. They are about as intelligent as a cat. They are nearly noiseless and do well on a commercial diet of ferret or kitten chow. Ferrets are curious and affectionate. They have short attention spans. They live 8-10 years.
>Rabbits are often sold as pets. They are adorable when they are babies. But as they mature, their needs increase and they may become aggressive.
>Rats, Mice, Gerbils and Hamsters all make good pets if they are handled from the time they open their eyes. Rats live 4-6 years; mice 2-3 years. They are economical to buy and maintain and can be quite affectionate.

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Dogs are among the most common pets in most households. However, there is a growing market for exotic pets. The following are benefits of pets;

>Increasing exercise. Taking a dog for a walk, hike, or run are fun and rewarding ways to fit healthy daily exercise into your schedule. Studies have shown that dog owners are far more likely to meet their daily exercise requirements—and exercising every day is great for the animal as well. It will deepen the connection between you, eradicate most behavior problems in dogs, and keep your pet fit and healthy.
>Providing companionship. Companionship can help prevent illness and even add years to your life while isolation and loneliness can trigger symptoms of depression. Caring for a living animal can help make you feel needed and wanted, and take the focus away from your problems, especially if you live alone. Most dog and cat owners talk to their pets; some even use them to work through their troubles. And nothing beats loneliness like coming home to a wagging tail and wet kisses.
>Helping you meet new people. Dogs can be a great social lubricant for their owners, helping you start and maintain new friendships. Dog owners frequently stop and talk to each other on walks, hikes, or in a dog park. Dog owners also meet new people in pet stores, clubs, and training classes.
>Reducing anxiety. The companionship of a dog can offer comfort; eases anxiety and build self-confidence for people anxious about going out into the world. Because dogs live in the moment—they do not worry about what happened yesterday or what might happen tomorrow—they can help you become more mindful and appreciate the joy of the present.
>Adding structure and routine to your day. Dogs require a regular feeding and exercise schedule. Having a consistent routine keeps a dog balanced and calm—and it can work for you, too. No matter your mood—depressed, anxious, or stressed—one sad look from your dog and you will have to get out of bed to feed, exercise, and care for your pet.
>Providing sensory stress relief. Touch and movement are two healthy ways to manage stress. Stroking a dog lowers blood pressure and can help you quickly feel calmer and less stressed

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