We often consider our relationship with our pets as one-sided. We are the providers and we care for our pets but the truth is that our pets can also care for us. Still, it is important to choose a pet that fits your lifestyle rather than expecting your pet to adjust to the way you live. Puppies and kittens are cute but they are also a big responsibility so you must make an educated decision with regards to pet ownership.
Research from around the world has shown that people with pets tend to be happier than people without pets. When choosing your pet, you want to make a number of lifestyle considerations first. Ask yourself about your activity level. Do you love to spend time outdoors or are you a homebody? People who spend most of their time at home should choose a pet that can live comfortably indoors most of the time. Cats or bunnies might be a great choice; whereas, if you prefer to spend lots of time outside running, walking, or hiking, a dog might be a great choice.
You also have to consider your family when choosing a pet. If you have small children or elderly people living in your house you need to think carefully about the energy level of your pet. Small dogs can be energetic but also may become scared of overzealous children. Likewise, large, active dogs may be a nuisance to elderly people. Try to find a pet with personality characteristics that would easily blend into your family.
Finally, you need to consider how much time you have. It’s not fair to get a dog, cat, or other pet when you know you’ll never be home. Pets will almost certainly live for several years (10 to 15 for dogs and cats and as many as 30 for birds, for example) and you should ensure that you will be able to give them the attention they need. Remember that pets are a great addition to your family but you also need to be responsible for their well-being.