Hanford Veterinary Hospital Blog
Which Pet Is the Right Pet?
Once upon a time, the domestication of animals stemmed from a time in human history where animals aided humans in the strife of daily survival… Hunting food, protecting the tribe, ridding the home of disease-carrying pests, were all the basic function of our “pets”.
Boy how times have changed!
Today, supermarkets are full of food and clothes (for both pets and people), making pet ownership less about survival and more about companionship. But when it comes to selecting a new family companion, which pet is the right pet?
Whether a big lovable dog, colorful fish, or independent but friendly cat; selecting a pet should be more about personality and lifestyle than which breed is trendy or fits in your purse. Here’s what to consider….
Pet Ownership vs Lifestyle Consideration
The Active Family – If your family is always on the go and seems to spend less time at home than most, perhaps choosing a pet that can share in the fun or one that can be temporarily left behind is the best option.
Work-a-holics – If you’re the type that can’t clock out, you may want to consider a pet that is relatively hands-free, such as a fish or tortoise. Animals need time and attention to thrive, and that goes for cats and birds as well as dogs. So, unless you work from home or can take your pup to the office, you may want something low-maintenance until your work-life balance finds a bit more balance.
Space to Run – Time and lifestyle are important considerations, but so is the space you have to offer. If you’re an apartment dweller, a Rottweiler will not suit your situation, but a small dog or sweet kitty might. Likewise, if you’ve got a fenced yard with plenty of room to run, then a lab or setter may be ideal.
Another important consideration is the temperament of the animal you are considering. Not all pets are family-friendly, or prime for having other pet siblings at home. If you’re adopting a puppy or kitten, you can easily raise almost any animal to be the type of pet that your family needs. However, if you’re looking to adopt an older animal, you’ll want to get to know his or her personality quirks first.
Talk to the good folks working at the shelter or that have been fostering the animal you are considering and ask them how they are with kids of different ages, with other pets (both cats and dogs, even if you have neither). Can they get along on a leash and make friends at the dog park, or are they more socially challenged? Is the pet you’re looking at a lap napper or a trail runner… and be honest here, which are you?
Consider what you are looking for in a pet and try to find the ideal match. This can take time, but is well worth the wait. If you’re adopting on an impulse, you may be disappointed. Remember, your new pet to be deserves a forever family, so be sure that your family is looking for a forever pet.