There is nothing better than having cuddles and affection from your pet; if you live alone or don’t have kids, then getting a pet for your home is perfect. When deciding on what pet you want, you will need to consider your living situation and your family dynamic; some pets require more care and attention, whilst some may not need constant attention and fuss. If you live in a tiny apartment, but still want a pet, you could always consider a smaller pet to look after.
Firstly, it is important to weigh up the pros and cons of owning each pet to see if it fits with your personality. If you are someone who gets lonely easily, and perhaps works from home, then you may want to consider a dog; dogs are highly sociable and loyal pets, and they will require plenty of attention – dogs are pack animals, so it is in their nature to live in family groups. If you live a busy lifestyle and prefer to be left alone a bit more in the evenings, then a cat will be the best option. Cats are solitary animals, so they do not need constant attention and fuss from their owners, but they will be more than happy to sit and sleep on your lap whilst you watch TV.
It’s important that you think about your living situation before you buy a pet; if you want a dog, but live in a small apartment, then you will probably need to wait until your living situation changes. Cats also like to be able to go out when they please, so if you live in a flat above the ground floor, then you may need to think again. Dog’s can most likely adjust better to small apartments because they get walked, but this will need to be a smaller dog that won’t require too much space. If you live in a big house, then you will easily be able to provide a home for a cat or dog; as long as you have a catflap, your cat will be able to come and go as they please. If your house is small and has limited garden space, then you might want to opt for a small dog.
Dogs are much more complicated pets as they require proper training, effective discipline, and walks; dogs will strive to be the ‘pack leader’, so if you don’t assert your dominance, then you might find yourself to be the lowest in the ‘pack’. Cats are much simpler, they don’t assert their dominance over you, and they tend to be more independent; cats go out on their own, they clean themselves, and they require little care apart from any medication and food etc. Cats need to be litter trained, but in general, they don’t particularly need any training at all. Cats provide a lot of love and affection to their favourite humans, but they are also more than happy to snooze by themselves. Dog’s are known as ‘mans best friend’, so they will regularly be by your side when you need them. If you decide to get a dog, you might want to treat them to a fancy dog collar; there are many online retailers that sell Designer Dog Collars for your pampered pooch – these collars are great quality and will fit comfortably on your dog.