Choosing a New Pet

Choosing a new pet

Choosing a new pet can be a difficult challenge with so much choice available!  We all have our ‘dream pet’ list, but sometimes our lifestyle is not compatible with the the needs of the pet we really want to own.  Remember that owning a pet is a privilege, not a right!  It is our responsibility as pet owners to ensure that our pet gets everything it needs from food to TLC.  You can check out the Five Freedoms at our ‘essentials‘ page for more information.

Choosing a new pet

Which pet is right for me?

We must all do our best to fit into the lifestyle of our pet rather than trying to alter its natural habits to fit our own.  This is difficult to achieve if you end up choosing a new pet that has widely differing needs to your own.  A simple example of this would be choosing a nocturnal animal when you are mainly awake during the day.  Nocturnal animals do not appreciate being woken up on a regular basis to say ‘hello’, and this cycle of sleep deprivation is extremely detrimental to the health of the animal.  Imagine if it were the other way around and your hamster persisted in prodding you at 3am! Similarly, if you are a night worker, you may wish to consider a nocturnal pet rather than one that requires hours of daytime attention.

Further reading:

We have tried to simplify the process of choosing a new pet a little by creating flow diagrams – see our ‘nocturnal‘ and ‘diurnal‘ PDFs.  The latter are divided into the following categories:-

  • reptiles
  • birds
  • small mammals
  • dogs, cats and ferrets

Even if you think you are sure about the species you wish to invest in, it is worth reading the charts from the very beginning (either on the ‘nocturnal’ or ‘diurnal’ pages). This will allow you to see whether your natural choices lead you to the pet you have decided on.  If you find that you end up with another species, please do not worry!  These are only rough guides, but do provide food for thought.  Is there a reason that you did not end up with the species you thought you would? What do you need to do to make sure that you can provide for the pet you have chosen?

Whether you are an old hand at caring for multiple species or are a new pet owner, choosing a new pet can still be a daunting process! We are very happy to provide advice and help to guide you through the process, so please contact us with any questions or concerns that you may have.