How to Choose the Right Pet for your Family

In October 2015, Jordan Walker from Coops and Cages wrote a guest blog for Pete Wedderburn about what to consider when choosing a new pet to join your family. You can view the original post by visiting here.

Choosing a pet for your family is indeed very exciting. Not only will you be having a new addition to the family, you’ll also be having a new and loyal companion. But, given the fact that they are likely to be a part of your life for many years, it is really important to think about the consequences of raising a pet right from the start.

Although it seems a pretty obvious task, there are actually people out there who do not plan ahead when adopting a new pet. They just decide to get one without any serious thought at all. So, to avoid the hitches of poor planning, here are some factors you need to consider when choosing a pet:

The Place Where You Live

If you are living in a small apartment, then adopting a large dog or a playful puppy is not the best idea. Hence, if you can’t imagine living with a very active creature, be sure you know what kind of animal can adapt to your lifestyle.

Oftentimes, smaller breeds like Russell terriers are the most active. Therefore, they need a lot of room. Larger breeds, on the other hand, are fine living in typical apartment homes because they are usually the couch potatoes.


Before you bring in a new addition to your home, you must take into consideration the health of your family. You don’t want to be close to your new pet, only to find out in the long run that you have to return it because it is causing allergies. If you don’t want this to happen, make sure you do your research.


Toys, water, living space, vet consultation, and food are just among the basic needs of an animal that an owner must consider. Apart from that, there are certain pets that require special diets and trainers, which mean the costs, may still go higher.

Raising a pet can get really expensive. Thus, it is important that you set a budget beforehand to be able to select a pet accordingly.

Kind of Pet

There are a variety of pets out there that can be welcomed into your home. Though many families are looking to adopt companion animals, at the end of the day, your choice will always depend on certain factors. While many prefer to get an animal that is easy to care for, others like to have more exotic creatures.

Whatever kind of pet you get, it is essential that you always consider the needs of your family, as well as your financial capability. Sooner though, you’ll find it easy to adopt a new pet that will love you and stay with you for a long time.

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