Getting a pet is a big day in your life – it’s a whole new addition to your family. Lots of people crave the fun and companionship of a pet, but choosing the right one makes all the difference! Different species of pet, and different breeds within each species all have different challenges, and it’s important to reflect on what you need from the animal that’ll be sharing your home, as well as what you can give them. Today we’re helping you make that decision.
Large or Small
Most household pets can be divided between large or small animals – larger pets like dogs and cats are very different to small pets. Small pets are less independent, and often less interactive than cats and dogs, though there’s a lot of potential variety: from mammals like hamsters and mice, to birds, to lizards. Many small pets require specific conditions that you need to provide: they can’t go looking for the right temperature or humidity so you need to make sure they have it!
Smaller pets can’t ‘play’ with you in the same was a cat or dog, but they can offer a great deal of joy and satisfaction, making them a great option even if space is limited.
Cats or Dogs
Some of the most popular pets in the UK are cats and dogs – and it’s not hard to see why. As well as having the weight of tradition behind them, they are characterful animals, and provide comfort or even practical help in your day to day life!
For some, it’s an easy choice: due to a combination of preferences, childhood experiences and even allergies, some people very naturally sort themselves into ‘cat people’ or ‘dog people’. But what if it’s not so easy for you?
Whichever you choose, the most important thing you’re going to have to deal with is your pet’s health. Cats and dogs are prey to a lot of similar conditions – often upset stomachs caused by scavenging. Sickness and diarrhea in dogs is quite similar to sickness and diarrhea in cats, but it’s important to be aware of the specific conditions that can affect the animal and breed you are considering: long haired cats are prone to different health problems than King Charles Spaniels, and taking care of them responsibly means being able to recognise when things are wrong.
The biggest difference between cats and dogs is how independent they are: dogs require more activity from you, as they cannot exercise themselves. While cats will run and play around your house and garden, dogs require walking regularly to keep in good health – mentally and physically. Cats require mental stimulation with toys, climbing frames to explore and games, but dogs require your physical exertion every day, more than once and you shouldn’t opt for one unless you are able to meet that responsibility!