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Choosing the Purrfect Pet: Advice for First-Time Pet Owners

If you’ve never had a pet before (or perhaps you’ve had pets in the past and are considering adopting a new type of pet that you’ve never owned before), this is the article for you. At this important point in your life, you’ll want to determine which types of pets – and which specific breeds – are the best match for your lifestyle and personality.

A few key questions that any first-time pet owner should consider are:

What type of pet do you want?


What type of pet can you COMMIT to?

To answer these questions, here are some helpful tips for first-time pet owners:

What type of pet should you get?
It’s true that some people are just cat people, and some people are dog people, while others would prefer to have more exotic pets. A lot of this preference simply boils down to HUMAN PSYCHOLOGY – and it can tell you a lot about yourself, as well as about which type of pet is best for you.

When considering what type of pet you should get, start by asking yourself what type of pet you really want – and then research the type of pet to determine whether it would be a good fit.

Choosing the right breed
If you’re a cat person, Animal Planet offers a great EDUCATIONAL RESOURCE about various breeds of cats – including a quiz to determine which breed of cat might be best for you. If you’re more of a dog lover, don’t worry; the American Kennel Club (AKC) offers an interactive ONLINE QUIZ to help you determine what type of breed you should get.

Online quizzes are great – but they will only get you so far. As part of your research, you should also visit pet stores and breeders to interact with live animals. This will let you ask questions, see how you feel about the animals in person, and determine if it’s a good fit – or if another type of pet might be better suited to you.

Preparing your home for a new pet

You’ll definitely want to prepare your home for your new pet before you bring him or her home. You can “pet proof” your home by moving any poisonous, sharp, dangerous or potentially toxic foods, plants, objects, medicines and other items out of your pet’s reach. HERE are some other ways to pet proof your house, condo or apartment.

In addition, if you have a demanding job or a high maintenance pet, you’ll want to ask yourself: will you be able to run home on your lunch break to let your dog outside? Or should you hire a professional dog walker to assist you? These are all important questions to ask in the days, weeks and months leading up to pet adoption.

Bonding with your new pet

How will you help your new pet acclimate to his or her new environment? This is an especially important question to ask if you are planning to adopt a rescue pets, as rescued animals are more likely to be nervous or fearful at first.

The above list is all important questions that must be considered by any prospective pet owner, especially those who have not owned pets before. Although it takes additional time to do your homework and research the answers to these questions, the effort will pay off in the long run – and you have experts you can consult easily at ADVANCED ANIMAL HOSPITAL at convenient locations throughout WISCONSIN. You’ll be less likely to feel overwhelmed or surrender your pet. Best of all, both you and your pet will be more likely to form a lasting bond that you will enjoy for years to come.