If you're planning on bringing a new pet into the family, our guest pet expert has lots of great advice to help you choose the right pet to ensure your new "baby" fits right in!
Finding a Furry New Family Member
First consider your life style. A family or owner that stays out of the house for many hours at a time may better be able to attend to the needs of a pet cat. Cats can be affectionate and playful. They are also able to be by themselves for long periods of time. They use a litter box, so bodily needs are taken care of in an easy, clean and efficient way. Food and water can be left out so the cat has access to nourishment for a while.
Dogs on the other hand require more frequent attention. They need to be taken out at least 2 or 3 times a day. They need to be fed at least 2 times a day. They need human companionship and attention. Some breeds require more exercise than others. Some are more tolerant of the climate in which you live. Size matters especially when the home has only limited space.
So what to do? If a pure breed dog is what you want, get in touch with the national breed club. Each breed has one. They will direct you to a breeder. Speak with the breeder and they will help you determine whether their breed is right for you. Breed clubs love their breed and only want to connect the right family with the right dog.
That being said, there are many, many great dogs and cats living in shelters and in need of a home. You can spend time with these pets. Bring as many members of the family as you can to the pet shelter. Remember this is going to be a member of the family for many years.
-- Dr. Barry Baumel, Founder & President, PetBenefits.com
About the Author: Dr. Barry Baumel is founder and president of PetBenefits.com. A medical doctor and neurologist, he graduated from the University of Miami School of Medicine. His house is filled with family and pets. His dogs, Clumber Spaniels have been shown in dog shows around the country.
After a lifetime as a pet owner, he knows what pet owners need, want and are always looking for to take care of their pets in an affordable and easy way. Dr. Baumel summed it up in a small yearly membership for a growing national group of pet lovers that receive a wide array of services and benefits in the one shop site, PetBenefits.com.