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So You’re Thinking About Getting A Family Pet?


Whether you’ve always been a lover of animals or your kids have been asking to have a pet for years now, you could feel like you’re ready to find your first family pet. But, before you get ahead of yourself, there are lots of things you need to consider before becoming a pet owner. Once you’ve got to grips with the idea of the time, money, and attention that a pet will need, you then need to consider your options and figure out what kind of animal will work best for your family.

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Whether you’ve always been a lover of animals or your kids have been asking to have a pet for years now, you could feel like you’re ready to find your first family pet. But, before you get ahead of yourself, there are lots of things you need to consider before becoming a pet owner. Once you’ve got to grips with the idea of the time, money, and attention that a pet will need, you then need to consider your options and figure out what kind of animal will work best for your family.

Fish

For some people, a pet fish is a really great idea. Not only are they relatively easy to look after, but they can also be a therapeutic new addition to the family. You’ll find that they do need cleaning if they are kept in a tank indoors, but you could also think about getting larger fish for an outdoor pond. Either way, breeds like Japanese koi fish can be a lovely idea for everybody.

Cat

If you don’t the kind of family that can get on well with a fish, you might think about getting a cat instead. Cats can make lovely family pets. They’re quite independent and like to go on their own adventures every once in awhile, which means they don’t need walking of course. But they can also be very cuddly and great with kids. You will still need to take care of their coat and feed them, but they can be a great first pet for starter families.

Dog

If you’re not a cat person, maybe you’d like to get a dog instead? Dogs generally require a lot more care than cats, because you do need to walk them once or twice a day depending on their breed. However, they can be very fun, loving and loyal family pets. With dogs, you need to be mindful of the care, time and attention they need. But, once you’ve looked into the different breeds and you’ve found a temperament that will work for your family unit, you’ll find that a dog will make a great pet.

Rabbit

Sometimes, small animals can work better for your family than a cat or a dog. If you have little children and they love animals, a rabbit can be great for them. But, you need to be sure of what you’re taking on. Rabbits need space to run around and play; they aren’t always best kept in a hutch. If you’re okay with that, getting a rabbit will be a great idea for your family. You might also want to look into getting a house rabbit that could become a part of the family.

Chickens

For some families, raising chickens can be a lot of fun. Not only can you learn about caring for them as a family, your children will love to get stuck in and help out with collecting eggs and clearing them out. It can be a great way to teach your little ones about life as well as get a fresh supply of farm eggs. You will need to build or buy a suitable chicken coop to get you started and decide what sort of breed you’d like to raise too.


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