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How to choose the most suitable pet and what should be considered when choosing a dog, cat, guinea pig, gerbil, hamster, rat or mouse.



Pets are a big commitment, they rely entirely on their
owners for all their needs and, therefore, it is imperative careful consideration is given
before embarking on this venture.

It is not a good idea to just choose a particular
animal without first thinking whether it is the best one for your particular situation.
  e.g. A St. Bernards dog in a studio apartment would be a disaster (particularly for
the dog) as would a cat for someone allergic to cat fur. 

Before choosing a pet thought should be given to the

  • How much time are you prepared to spend on them?

  • How much house room have you got?

  • Are they suitable for children?

  • How much will they cost to keep?

  • Are you fit enough to keep them properly?



A dog needs a lot of commitment for many
years and should not be left alone for long periods.

It needs somewhere for exercise etc.  A garden
makes this a little easier but is not essential.

Choose an animal of the size most suitable for your

Young puppies may be too boisterous for children under

The dog has to be able to put up with children
tormenting it without turning nasty.

A new baby can cause dogs to be jealous.

Obviously, the bigger the dog the higher the costs
involved.  Costs incurred include purchase price, vets fees, vaccinations and annual
boosters, desexing, pet insurance, holiday kennel fees and, of course, food.

Dogs are excellent company, particularly for housebound
people, however, it is essential to have help exercising the animal on a regular basis.
  It may be a good idea to choose a fully grown dog ensuring you will know how much
exercise it will need.


  • Although they like company they are quite happy on
    their own for long periods of time.

  • A cat is an ideal choice for city or flat dwellers
    and you don’t have to have a garden.

  • Cats are good with children, but watch small children
    in case they hurt it. 

  • It is perhaps safest not to buy a cat or kitten when
    you are pregnant, if you already have one take special precautions when handling during

  • Less expensive than dogs but will still incur costs
    for initial purchase, vets, inoculations, neutering  and holiday cattery fees.

  • Very suitable for the elderly or infirm as they are
    very independent and naturally clean and do not need exercising.

hamster on wheel



  • All these will need attention at least twice a day,
    preferably more often.

  • Easily kept indoors.

  • Suitable for responsible children over the age of
    six, with some supervision from parents.

  • Comparatively inexpensive, costs incurred will
    include purchase price, food, housing, bedding and vet’s bills.

  • Owners mobility not a problem.


animals in the house such as
rabbits is a contentious issue with many differing views
and there are of course many other animals that make excellent
pets including fish and birds.