Even different types of dogs have different needs, so make sure you pick a pet that suits your means. Before buying a pet do thorough research on the behaviors and needs of various pets you like. Don’t go into this decision dead-set on one species or breed — being open-minded can lead to happy surprises and the right pet for your family. Keep in mind some general concerns with different pets:
- Dogs – though dogs vary widely by breed, all dogs need lots of attention, time to exercise, and plenty of room to roam.
- Cats – Intelligent and individual, cats will be fine with less supervision, though they still need your love and time to keep from acting out.
- Hamsters, Gerbils, Ferrets, and Rodents – Economical and short-living, rodents make good first pets. They often, however, have strong odors.
- Fish – Fish need careful monitoring and care to thrive, and won’t cuddle anytime soon. Think of having a fish like having a garden.
- Lizards – Happy on their own and generally easy to care for, lizards do not offer much affection and can be difficult to diagnose when sick.
- Birds – Birds can be incredibly messy and are often loud. They are also expensive and occasionally temperamental, especially bigger birds like parrots.