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4 Things You HAVE To Consider Before Buying A Pet

With several proven health benefits and the obvious companionship traits, owning a pet is a decision that most households will contemplate at one point or another. It’s important that these discussions remember that these are living animals with their very own needs, thoughts and feelings though and, as such, there should be no stone left unturned when pondering if a furry friend should be added to a household.

#1 Vet Problems

Hamsters and other small animals are often considered exotic and must be seen by a specialized veterinarian. Many people don't know this, and when their furry friend becomes ill, they are not able to find an appropriate veterinarian in the area, thereby prolonging the animal's suffering. When a guardian finally does find a vet who sees exotic animals, it's often very costly, which may also prevent some people from ensuring that their animal receives proper care.

Contributor: Ben Williamson from peta.org

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#2 Expectations

Depending on what type (and even breed) of animal you plan on buying consider what you expect from your new pet. Do you expect it to provide protection for you and your family? If so, maybe it’s better to get a pet that is known to display protective traits and temperaments. Plan on using your pet as a service animal? Find a pet or specific breed that is more docile and disciplined.

Before making a final decision, take the time to consider what kind of pet you want and what you anticipate it contributing to your home.

Contributor: Carlee Linden from bestcompany.com

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#3 Lifestyle

Think about your current lifestyle. If you have a job that requires you to be out of the house or travel substantially, contemplate what your new pet will need. Do they require constant attention? Can you leave them alone for long periods of time without them destroying your home? Additionally, don’t buy a pet that needs to be consistently exercised if you’re more of a couch potato. Finding a pet that complements your personality will save you from regretting your decision.

Contributor: Carlee Linden from bestcompany.com

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#4 Safety First

Is Your Home Safe for an Animal?

Small animals can be viewed by other animals as prey and may be in danger of getting harmed or killed by other companion animals in the home if proper precautions aren't taken.

Contributor: Ben Williamson from peta.org

 

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