Buying a pet can be a huge investment–financially, but also emotionally. Make sure you’re getting the right pet for you, not only the type that’s been recommended by friends or family.
You’ve decided to get a pet, you’ve thought about how much time you can devote to it, and the whole family can’t wait to get it. But how do you go about getting one? That’s a job that can eat up masses of your spare time, making what should be a pleasure an absolute chore, so cut to the chase and follow these tips.
- Before buying a cat or a dog from a pet shop, drop in and check how clean the premises are and how well the animals are kept.
- If you’re choosing an animal from a shelter, take time to watch how it interacts with both humans and other animals before taking it home.
- An animal who shares his or her existence with the owners (breeders or individual owners) is much more likely to be sociable, so the chances of it fitting in with your family will be higher.
- Make sure the breeder you choose is registered and ask to see the animal’s vaccination certificate and microchip certificate.
- If you’re adopting a puppy or kitten, wait until the animal is at least 3 months old. He or she will be sociable and weaned. And don’t forget to ask for the animal’s veterinary documents.
- If you’re looking to acquire a bird as the family pet, make sure you buy one from a reputable breeder.
- Not sure what cat or dog breed to buy? Do some Internet research or simply ask the local vet which breed would best suit your physical surroundings and family requirements.