I want a pet. Which animal should I choose?

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Excellent, many people choose to welcome a pet into their home.

Having a pet is an opportunity not only to establish a unique bond with another being, but also to live new experiences.

Studies and reports show the positive impact that pets have on people’s lives, which is as great as the strength of the bonds between them, but good choices must be made so that these bonds are strong and lasting.

But before asking which pet to choose, we should ask ourselves: should I have one?

Welcoming an animal into our family means committing to its well-being throughout its life, not forgetting that its needs vary throughout this life. A young animal offers very different challenges to an adult animal, and especially to an elderly animal.

Understanding whether we are able and willing to meet its needs, is the first step before making such an important decision.

The pet’s personality

Not all animals have the same personality or the same space requirements. We must take into account the species, breed, size, age and health of the animal in question.

You need to make sure they have enough space to move around freely. The bigger or more energetic they are, the more space they need. Denying them the space they need can result in unhappiness, frustration or even more serious behavioral problems.

Unless you’re a super busy and energetic person looking for an excuse to slow down, or a sedentary person looking for a challenge to become more active, it helps if your energy levels and busyness match your pet’s needs and energy. Otherwise, your expectations may not be met, or you may not be able to offer the life and stability that the animal needs.

Cats

In its relationship with humans, the cat served as an autonomous pest control and later as a companion animal. For these reasons, the existing breeds are selected with a greater focus on aesthetics and not on work.

The vast majority of cats adapt well to apartment life, but providing stimulation is important as they are curious animals and have very active periods. They also like to be in high places. They don’t need to go outside, but it’s important to have a clean litter tray in an appropriate place, clean water always available and the right amount of food.

Cats are animals that generally enjoy contact, play and affection with their owners, but they are independent and value their personal space . In their natural state, cats tend to be solitary and territorial. This independence inherited from their ancestors also means that, for the most part, they suffer less from separation anxiety and go about their normal lives while their owners work.

Dogs

Dogs are very different from cats, not only socially, but also in terms of size and temperament.

They are social animals with the instinct to live in packs. Throughout history, dogs have been selected with work and temperament in mind, for example hunting, pack pulling, herding, guarding and sport.

But don’t be alarmed. Having a dog doesn’t mean including 2 hours of intense daily training in your routine with your new furry companion. Not all dogs have the same personality. Many have calm temperaments and do perfectly well in apartments, as long as they are allowed outside at least three times a day to do their business and stretch their legs. Even so, intellectual stimulation and interaction with its human remain very important.

Compared to cats, dogs are more likely to suffer from separation anxiety. Their social instincts and dependence on their pack leader result in some anxiety and insecurity when they are left alone, especially when confined to small spaces without stimulation. But each case is different and each animal has a different personality.

So if you’re thinking of getting a dog, make sure you have time to devote to it. He needs you present. Make sure you have room. He needs exercise and play.

Choose a dog that fits the conditions you have to offer, your own personality and your experience in dealing with dogs.

Exotic

Some exotic animals require little space to lead a happy and comfortable life. Be aware that some start out very small and grow into huge adults . People who take in baby iguanas, or even some species of fish for aquariums, a few years later end up with a BIG problem, difficult to solve.

It should be borne in mind that some live in environments with very particular characteristics, difficult to provide for, and with specific diets. This is true for reptiles, fish, amphibians, small mammals and birds.

Most of these animals don’t make good pets due to the complexity of their needs. Although it is possible to give this type of animal a good quality of life, the truth is that in most cases it requires extra study and dedication. Many lead short, unhealthy lives, not for lack of love, but for lack of knowledge.

Please note that many exotic animals require specific documentation to ensure that they come from a legal source. Trafficking in exotic animals and the devastation it causes to their native ecosystems are very serious issues.

If this is your choice, take enough time to prepare everything for the arrival of your new companion(s) and always check the provenance.

Training / Education

This section is more geared towards dogs and cats, but other animals can be trained too.

When we talk about training, we’re talking about important aspects of your pet’s education, not necessarily learning “tricks”. And yes, cats can be trained too.

The training creates a language between the two that raises mutual understanding to another level. It’s a tool that helps strengthen the bond between animal and guardian. It also helps to create goals and mental stimulation, and avoids embarrassing or even dangerous situations.

One of the most important aspects of training is socialization with other animals and humans. Another is the desensitization of situations that your pet finds uncomfortable or frightening, such as basic hygiene (nail clipping, ear cleaning), car journeys, or even a visit to the vet.

In addition, training increases the confidence of both the animal and the guardian, and becomes particularly rewarding for both, when the bond created allows them to perceive even the faintest nuances in each other.

Cost of having a pet

Unfortunately, there is a cost associated with having pets.

This cost can be higher or lower depending on the type of animal, but generally involves food, health and hygiene, accessories and legal expenses.

Food

The right food is very important for your pet to live a long and healthy life.

Depending on their characteristics (species, size, specific diet), food bills can range from insignificant to huge.

While an average aquarium with half a dozen fish doesn’t have high food costs, a large, active dog has significant costs.

If you decide to take in a companion, researching the type of diet they need and how often they need to be fed will help you get a good idea of how much it might cost to feed them.

Health and hygiene

Some animals, particularly those that live in cages, terrariums or aquariums, require regular cleaning of their living spaces. This may require changing the substrate, cleaning products and filter maintenance. It’s important to understand the environment you need to create to house your animal and the cost of the products needed to keep it clean and sanitized.

In the case of cats and dogs, you may need to buy hairbrushes, for example, and scissors to cut their nails. If you are unable to carry out these tasks yourself, you should visit a groomer or veterinarian periodically to carry out these grooming tasks.

As far as health is concerned, you have to pay for vaccinations and deworming, and you have to factor in a few problems. Even in apparently healthy animals, diseases can appear or accidents can happen that require medical attention. Some treatments and medications can be very expensive. It’s important to talk to a veterinarian to understand the regular health costs you can expect for your pet.

Legal costs

Dogs must have a license, a vaccination report, a microchip, a rabies vaccination up to date, and potentially dangerous breeds need liability insurance. Cats and ferrets must also be microchipped.

All other vaccines, although not compulsory, are obviously recommended for the animal’s protection. The microchip is a compulsory measure for registering dogs, cats and ferrets in order to combat abandonment.

If you’re traveling, you’ll need to take care of the documentation required by law, which will depend on the country you’re traveling to.

All these legal obligations are resolved with the help of a veterinarian. If you have any questions or need a cost estimate, please contact us.

Conclusion

Having a pet is one of the most rewarding experiences we can have. When we decide to embark on this journey, we have to be aware of the change this event will bring about in our lives, and in theirs.

We have to ensure that we have the capacity to offer the necessary conditions for a commitment that will be long-term .

Being prepared and making the right choices is the only way to guarantee a magical experience.

If you still feel unsure or don’t know what to do, please contact us. We guarantee that we will do our best to support you.

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