When a child receives their first pet, their eyes grow wide in amazement, they jump around and even cry if they are overwhelmed with emotion. Even as an adult, getting your first pet is a special occasion. It’s no secret that spending your life with a pet brings you all kinds of benefits.

Are you thinking about getting yourself a pet? Have you made up your mind on what you are going to get, or are you stuck? No doubt, pets have the power to improve your emotional, mental, and physical aspects of life. But wait, there’s a catch. You won’t be able to reap all the benefits from your pet if you do not find the right one.

So to point you in the right direction, here is how you can choose the right kind of pet for your own circumstances.

Company

If you live alone or you are more of an introvert than an extrovert, having a pet that solely meant to keep you company is all it takes to keep you in your good graces. Pets may meow and bark, some even hiss and chirp, but one thing they don’t do is talk. Unless, of course, you get a parrot. Either way, when you have a pet around, you are never alone.

Pets form excellent relationships with their owners. A pet that makes great company isn’t just another pet for the owner. This explains why it’s no surprise to find people referring to their pets as their children, friends, or partners.

Examples of pets that make excellent companions include dogs, cats, rabbits, parrots, and guinea pigs.

Security

If not for company, people keep pets around to warn them of any security breaches or attempts of home invasions. Whether it is a burglar trying to forcefully find their way into your home or a venomous snake in your garage, some pets that are excellent at raising alarm and fighting off threats. The German shepherd, for example, is preferred by the police for stunts, hunting down bandits, sniffing out weapons, drugs, and diffusing bombs.

There are breeds of dogs and cats that most people find excellent for security reasons. The pit bull or American terrier, for example, are types of dogs strong and aggressive enough to put a horse down if he considers them a threat to their owner’s life or property.

Other than dogs, geese, swans, guinea fowl, Llamas, and parrots are ideal pets that also double as gatekeepers for your property. Most of these animals are incredibly territorial and will not take kindly to strangers trying to come near them.

Mental Health Support

Have you been diagnosed with a mental illness? Do you experience moodiness and frequent bouts of anger? Pets are superb aids at helping you deal with and overcome your physical, psychological, and emotional challenges. You should initially have a strong bond with pets before you can consider them helpful in improving your overall health.

The seemingly simple act of your pet showing up when you call, when they want to snuggle and cuddle with you in bed, when they keep you company if they sense you are stressed, all this is enough to raise your spirit.  You are better able to calm down in case you are feeling aggravated; if you are having an anxiety attack or feeling irritated.

When it comes to your physical health, most pets need to exercise too to stay healthy.  So whether you are taking an early morning walk with your dog, you are dancing with your birds or running around playing with your cat, you are bound to get a few minutes of what would qualify as an intensive workout at the gym.

All pets, in one way or another, can help you maintain proper physical and mental health. But the ones that top the list in this category include parrots, dogs, and cats.

Physical Health Support

Blind people, disabled people, the police, and the elderly are part of a large portion of the population who keep pets for their ability to provide much-needed assistance. A blind person, for example, would need a dog to help them cross the busy streets and find their way around the city centres.

On the other hand, police officers and soldiers who have suffered some form of physical trauma while on duty also prefer to have pets for therapeutic reasons, help navigating situations or obstacles, and fetching stuff such as medication and so on.

Dogs meant to provide assistance are trained to be more organized and to behave a sure way to serve their owner best. In this case, they are supposed to walk at a steady pace, they aren’t easily distracted by people, smells or other pets, they know when to stop and when to proceed while on the road intersections, and they obey verbal commands and more.

Are You Ready to Own a Pet?

Owning a pet comes with a unique set of requirements. If you aren’t committed to making sure they are well cared for, well fed, and healthy, you may have a hard time accommodating your pet despite your needs and circumstances.

Pets bring life to your life by encouraging laughter, physical activity, and playfulness. This not only helps boost your immunity, but also increases your zeal to face life’s challenges.

But how do you know whether or not you are ready to own a pet? Here are a few questions whose answers may point towards the type of pet you should get or your readiness to own one.

Which type of pet can your home accommodate?

If you have a relatively small home, you cannot accommodate the larger dog breeds, for example. Cats, parrots, and Guinea pigs would be better alternatives. If you have a larger sized home with plenty of space outside, you have room to keep any type of pet including geese, ducks guinea fowls, dogs and cats, and so on.

Can you live with pets?

Pets tend to shed a lot of hair. If you don’t have a litter box or potty train them, you may be left collecting litter everywhere, given how many times they poo or pee. Younger pets or ones that haven’t been adequately trained will shred your couch, tear your carpet. If you can live with these small inconveniences, then you can go ahead and find a pet.

Do you have kids?

If you plan to have the pet around your kids, it’s prudent to involve them in choosing a pet. Also, consider how safe your kids will be and how their lives will be affected by the pet. If your kids are afraid or feel unprepared to share their home with the pet, then take time to educate them more and acclimatize them to animals by visiting the parks or the animal shelters.

Property rules

If you live in a rented apartment, you may want first to find out if you are allowed to keep pets. If not, then you may have to give up your pet ownership quest. Unless, of course, you can persuade the property owner to let you have the pet.

Conclusion

Big or small, all pets have varying demands when it comes to how much care, the type of food, and how much it would cost to maintain them. The better you can provide for your pet, the more likely they are to keep you happy.

Wherever you fall in the list of circumstances listed above, rest assured that there’s a pet out there that will accommodate your needs and fit right in.

Author

  • Sarah is the managing editor and a frequent contributor at Creature Companions. Sarah is originally from sunny Florida, but has lived in Cyprus, China and Northern Ireland from 2009-2018. She currently resides, with her husband, Derek, in the City of Love, Philadelphia. Sarah is passionate about helping pet parents create a healthy lifestyle through preventative healthcare and positive enrichment for a long, vibrant life of their four-legged friends. She's had pets (mostly dogs) and has been writing about pet-focused topics, advice and trends since 2012.

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