Pets make a house feel like a home
Pets of all shapes, sizes and types are not just a ‘toy’ to own for a month or two until the hype wears off, they are a living creature that you must commit to. They should be treated like a family member with their own needs and wants. If you are in the process of purchasing or acquiring an animal there is a number of things to take into consideration. What type of pet would best suit your family’s situation, needs and wants? Cats are an easy pet to home and most will fit into family life. Short-hair, long-hair or a length in between? What colour? Boy or girl? You will also need to ask yourself what type of food to feed your cat. Whether you will have the cat neutered etc. Most cats are quite independent and will occupy their own time, while the family is at work and school for the day. The neighbours won’t complain about your cat meowing all day due to loneliness – cats prefer to have down time looking out windows, sleeping on your bed. If you decide to get a kitten, someone will need to be at home with it for large parts of the day for the first few months. You will also need to toilet train it, which can take a while. Dogs are a great family pet to have too. Most breeds require some form of daily walking or exercise and most don’t respond well to being left alone for great lengths of time. If work or school commitments require you to be away from home throughout the day, ensure your dog has plenty to do while alone – leave toys out for him to chew on, chase and play with while home alone. You can also leave the radio or TV on for ‘company’. And be sure to give him plenty of food and fresh water. Once you are home lavish kindness on your dog and take him/her for a walk, no matter what the weather. There are other animals that make for great pets. Rats, mice, birds, fish, rabbits, guinea pigs etc. To decide on what kind of animal will suit you and your family sit down and talk to each other and then do your research.