How Can I Decide What Pet is Right For Me?

When it comes to choosing a pet, what type of animal is really the right choice for someone? We all know the common debate between cats and dogs, but then there are those who prefer birds and your lesser chosen pets, such as reptiles and rodents such as rats and ferrets.

In a menagerie of animals, how do you choose the right one for you? Do you go with a breeder, or do you choose to rescue an animal?

Well, here are my strategies as to how you can go about the process of choosing the right pet for you.


Regardless of what animal you decide to bring into your life, there are going to be some necessary supplies you will need. Whether it is bedding or a leash, to whether your house can fit a door in for a cat or dog.

Going to a pet shop online can help you pick out these supplies, even those such as tanks and enclosures for those like fish or reptiles, such as snakes. This can help you figure out the upfront costs that will come with the arrival of your new animal friend.


Much like the supplies, you will need, another important thing when deciding on your pet is to consider the space that you have available to you.

While there are some of us who may have dreamed of owning a horse as a child (I was certainly one), they require a large amount of room to roam and move.

Therefore, unless you have the area (and funds) for their upkeep, the best pet for you may not always be the one that you originally dreamed.

Nevertheless, the best companion, such as a rabbit or a guinea pig can bring much friendship with even the smallest area available.

It is wise advice, however, that with rodents, you understand the size of caging and how many you are housing, as this will help with the amount of space required.


When picking out the appropriate animal for you, it is best to also think about what will suit how your life is structured.

If you are not the type of person who likes a regimented routine, a high-energy border collie may not be the best breed for your canine companion.

While every animal deserves a safe and caring environment, working dogs need a lot of physical exercise and mental stimulation, so are suited to someone who has a disciplined schedule.


While many of us see the cuteness of having a furry or feathery companion, it is a reality that they do come with costs involved as part of pet ownership.

It is wise to acknowledge that pets are a long term investment. They come with costs in feed and the potential for veterinary care, so it best to not make a rash decision.

So, unless they’re fully invested, don’t fall into the trap of getting a pet just because your kids beg you over and over.

Species/Breed related health concerns:

Before purchasing a chosen pet, it is best to do your research, not only on its lifestyle but that of any health problems that can be common with the breed and/or animal with which you are choosing.

Certain breeds, such as Labradors, are common to obesity while other breeds, such as “snoring pugs” are susceptible to breathing issues because of the way they’ve been interbred.

Therefore, it is best to understand the health of your pet and consider any extra veterinary care that may be required.


Therefore, when it comes to deciding which pet is best for you, it is best to do your research and possibly start small. Nevertheless, whatever you choose, the most important thing is love.