Having a pet in the family is an enjoyable and rewarding experience, but it can also be quite challenging. Every animal’s needs and characteristics are different so choosing the right pet is a decision that requires both ample research and looking at how these adorable furbabies will fit into your life.
Choosing the Right Pet: Dog vs Cat
Dogs and cats are the most popular choice for pets in Australia. If you’re keen on adopting either of them but unsure which one would be the better match for you, here are some things you need to know about these equally lovable four legged pets.
Characteristics of Dogs: Will you be a good pet parent of the ‘man’s best friend’?
A dog is an excellent choice if you love the outdoors and being active. These animals need plenty of fresh air, regular walks, and physical stimulation, so they’re best suited to those with lawns, nearby parks, or anywhere they can run and play.
What’s great about dogs is that they have different breeds. Some of them require a more outdoorsy type of activity, and some would be equally happy staying on your lap while you lounge around on your sofa. For instance, Border Collies and Kelpies are working breeds, so naturally, they’re very active and love to exercise. German Shepherds need lots of training and mental stimulation, whereas Maltese, Shih Tzus, and toy Poodles are considered lap dogs. They want to be indoors and often don’t need as much physical and mental stimulation.
Dogs are very social animals and love to be in the company of people and other dogs. They are easy to take along in your travels as long as they’re well trained. They need more attention and care than cats and want to be involved in every aspect of your life. They don’t groom themselves, so you have to bring them to a pet groomer or groom them yourself.
Leaving them for long hours is not what they prefer so if you’re lifestyle or job requires you to be out of your house for long periods, think about pet sitting or boarding options or whether choosing this animal to be your pet is the correct decision. Remember that they deserve quality time.
Traits of Cats: Will you be a caring cat lady or gentleman?
Cats are typically the best choice for people who have small living spaces and a busy lifestyle. Cats are solitary animals and require less attention than dogs. They are naturally quiet, happy being left alone, can entertain themselves, and love to sleep.
If you’re looking for an independent pet, you should consider adopting a furry feline. They don’t need walks as often, which makes them well suited towards less active people who prefer staying home and just cuddling up on the sofa.
Cats are also known for their ability to self groom. Although they still need minimal maintenance, such as nail trimming and periodic tooth brushing, grooming themselves seems to be their favourite hobby.
Factors to Consider in Choosing the Right Pet
Now that you have some insight into which kind of lifestyle matches each animal, there are general factors to consider when choosing the right pet.
The State of Your Home
The condition of your home is critical when adopting a pet. Is your home conducive to taking care of a dog or cat? Would you have enough space for them? The right environment can make all the difference in your pet’s quality of life and lifespan. It should be a safe place where they can be happy and thrive.
Health Conditions of People in the Household
In choosing the right pet, it is non negotiable to make sure no one in the household has allergies. The shed hairs and skin cells of some animals trigger allergic reactions, such as difficulty in breathing, asthma, rashes and hives. It can be alarming, especially if it happens in children.
A pet may seem like the perfect addition to your family, but you must consider all of the financial commitment. Providing them quality care has associated costs, from their daily nutrition, vet visits, medical requirements, and insurance.
Be 100% Ready When Choosing The Right Pet
So are you ready to become a pet parent? When choosing the right pet, make sure to do your research and do a lot of self-reflection so you can give the love and care for your perfect dog or cat match.