Pet owning is a significant decision, dogs may be expected to live, on average, up to 12 years and a cat up to 14 years. Often, depending on the breed, and how your pets are looked after, these life spans can be significantly increased.
Discuss owning a pet with your family, for both dogs and cats it is important that everyone knows and agrees to accept what impacts a pet may have on your home; you may also want to check if you and your family members have any cat or dog allergies before proceeding further. Do your research diligently and ask about the characteristics of types and breeds of dogs and cats and avoid impulse and gift buying.
Then there is the cost factor. According to the ASPCA, the first year costs of owning a dog can be between $1,314.00 and $1,843.00 depending on its size; subsequent years should be around 33 percent less. For a cat, the cost is around $1,035.00 for the first year and $670.00 thereafter.
When you are ready to choose, a younger animal will most likely adapt quicker into your family but may be initially more disruptive and destructive, while an older animal may be more docile but may come with its own issues. It is important that the source where you buy your dog or cat from is reputable, ask veterinarians, your local ASPCA or similar, and friends and neighbors. And, if you are choosing a pedigree animal, look up bona fide registered breeders. Look for healthy coats and be wary of animals that are listless, limp or have runny noses and coughs. If you are buying from a breeder, ask for references and try to see the parents of the animal and also ask to see the kennel facilities. At animal shelters, try and establish the cat animal's history and likes and dislikes if you can, which could be pointers as to how they will behave in your home and ways to bond your pet to you.
When buying young pets, bear in mind