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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 following:-

  • 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 home.

Young puppies may be too boisterous for children under three.

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 pregnancy.

  • 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.

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  • 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.


Keeping 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.





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