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How to Select the Best Pet for You. If you’ve decided to add a pet to your family, learn
what care different animals require so you can make the perfect match. You will need
A guide to pets Honest answers to hard questions and local ordinances (optional). Step 1. Learn
about different animals; if you are considering an exotic or barnyard pet, check local ordinances
to see what’s allowed in your community. Your local animal shelter is a great resource
for information on pets and local laws. Step 2. Consider how much space you have. If you
have a small place, consider a small pet; if you can provide room to roam, try a cat,
dog, rabbit, or bird; if you have lots of outdoor space, you could handle a large dog
or a horse. Step 3. Consider your family situation, including how many people and pets are already
at home. If you have kids, stick with domesticated pets like cats, dogs, fish, or parakeets.
If you already have other pets, think about whether they would get along with a new animal.
Step 4. Consider how much time and energy you have to devote to your pet. The larger
the pet, the more of your time and attention it needs to stay clean, healthy, and happy.
Step 5. Consider your budget. You’ll need to spend money on food, veterinary care, grooming,
and toys. Horses require year-round stabling; exotic animals often need specialized habitats,
food, and health care. Step 6. Take time making your decision. Discovering which animal best
suits your lifestyle will ensure a lifetime of companionship for you and your new friend.
Did you know America’s first pet cemetery began in 1896 when a New York veterinarian
offered to bury a client’s dog on his property; in over 110 years, it has buried nearly 70,000