Now, as I mentioned, we are a tad limited as to what kind of pet we could get in our home...allergies put the kibosh on anything furry. But still, we had to really look at our home set-up and our daily schedules to find the right non-furry creature for us. We knew hermit crabs were out because we didn't have the space or a larger, humidity-controlled tank. So, the Betta fish won!
When you are thinking about getting a pet, especially the first one, there are a lot of factors to think about. Here are a few key areas to look at:
Your daily schedule. Are you home a lot? Are you out and about a great deal? If you have a crazy busy schedule with preschool or lots of after school sports, it may not be such a good idea to get a young puppy who will need potty training and more attention and time. Cats or hamsters may be more ideal for your family.
Your home. Do you have enough room - outside and inside - for the pet you are looking at? Granted, if you want a dog, even if you don't have a lot of space, you can still get a dog, but it may impact your choice of breed.
Your family members. If you have very young children or babies, again, the type of dog or cat is important. A young puppy takes a lot of work and care, not really ideal for a first pet for a three-year-old. Think about adopting an older dog or cat if your young ones want a pet, they are already trained and most likely more tolerant with kids.
How did you decide on what kind of pet (or breed of pet) to have in your family?