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Every day someone decides to obtain a pet but not everyone knows what kind of companion they want. Whether you are going to purchase or acquire your companion from a free source, the question may remain - what would be the best pet for your particular lifestyle?

First, you need to look at your lifestyle and how much time you can commit to a companion be it a tarantula, snake, hamster, dog, cat, fish, frog, bird, etc. Do you have the commitment and time it takes to properly care for them?

If you have a very busy lifestyle, then fish, turtles, snakes or tarantulas may be your choice, but remember their living environment needs to be cleaned every week. You can hire someone to do this for you if you don’t have the time. If fish tanks are not properly cleaned and aerated, your fish can very easily die

Do you want a pet you can cuddle with or just have one to pet?

If you want a cuddle pet and have a sedentary lifestyle, then a small dog may be your choice. Remember that you need to have time to housebreak and obedience train your puppy. A kitten may be a viable option but remember, they aren’t into cuddling as much as dogs. Cats make better pets if you are gone for long hours. You can leave a kitty litter box, along with food and water bowls out for them and they are set. Remember though, you must take the time to train your kitten to use the litter box.

Maybe this seems too much for you. A bird may be a viable option. You will hear them sing or chirp. All you need to do is give them some attention in return and clean their cage once a week. The same applies for gerbils, hamsters and frogs. Make sure that they have fresh water every day so they won’t get a bacterial infection and die.

Does your lifestyle include children? A lot of children want a pet of their own because their friends have one. Some children see a pet as a cute extension of a stuffed animal while others truly have a love for animals. Whatever the reason, you need to be very careful when selecting a pet for your child. Is your child responsible enough to take care of the new addition or are you the one that will end up doing everything? Children want things not thinking of the long-term commitment it takes to have an animal – they are not experienced with life enough to have developed this.

If it doesn’t bother you that you might be the sole caretaker of the new family pet, then get one.

Some animals are not a wise choice to bring into your home, as they weren’t meant to be pets.

Here is a list of a few:

Squirrels
Baby Rabbits
Ducklings
Monkeys
Geese

There are people that do have the above as pets and the animals thrive quite nicely.

There are also the animals that have been purchased because they are cute and when the "newness" has worn off, these same very pets have either been dumped on a dark street somewhere, the pound, end up in animal rescue, humane society, sold or given away. This isn’t fair to the animal, as they have already bonded with their environment.

Before you go out and get a pet for you or your child, do a lot of soul searching as to whether this is what you really want to do. If it isn’t then don’t. Explain to your child the reasons why it would not be a wise choice to get them a pet. If they are insistent, don’t give in as it is not fair to the animal – the trauma will stay them for a lifetime.

If getting a pet for your child is something you want to do and you have a hectic lifestyle then why not get some turtles, fish, a snake or let them have an ant farm?

If you or another responsible adult is going to be home during the day then getting a puppy or kitten or other high maintenance pet is a likely choice.

Remember to be realistic in what your choices may be. Make sure you are going to give your pet the love and attention they deserve for a long time.