The Evolution Of Pets’ Roles In Our Lives

Remember when pets were thought to be outside creatures that you went outside to play with? Their food was whatever was left from dinner each night. And they supplemented their diet by catching whatever they could.

No thought was given to what they ate, whether their diet was balanced or nutritious, and not many people took their animals to the vet. Not because they didn’t love their pets, but because the expectation of their life span was far shorter than what we expect it to be today.

How times have changed. Today we name our pets really nice names (Carson, Robin, Davis even double names like Spencer Carter), take them to the pet store (Did they have those 50 years ago?), take them on vacation us, and if that’s not possible put them up in boarding kennels to assure that they are well cared for until we return.

We have them groomed, their nails painted, and if we must work a job to support them in the style to which they have become accustomed, we put them in daycare facilities so they are not lonely when we’re gone.

Animals that would have been put to sleep or simply died 50 years ago have owners who are able and willing to provide the option of surgery, daily medications, shots, or whatever else they need to enhance their quality of life.

Drive-through windows at banks and fast food restaurants have capitalized on this close relationship that owners now have with their pets and just like 50 years ago they would have offered a lollipop to the child, they now offer treats for animals. Don’t laugh; this simple kindness has won them customer loyalty again and again.

So what has been responsible for this change of heart in pet owners? Why suddenly have pets been brought in from the back yard inside our homes and hearts to take their place on the sofa, on the bed, and in the car? Could it be a change in the structure of the family?

Over the past 50 years there has been a drastic change in the make-up of families. More single parent families, conflicting work schedules for couples, and the Baby Boomers growing older and looking for companionship as they retire and have more leisure time.

All of these factors have created a need for companionship which many of us have chosen to lavish on our pets. It’s been a good match. In general pets are always happy to see us, never talk back, and think their people are the best thing that ever happened to them. Who else on earth can give you that as consistently as a pet?

The result of bringing pets indoors is that they allow us to love and laugh more, lower our blood pressure, and help us go through life unafraid to wear our heart on our sleeve.

10 Tips To Photographing The Family Pet

Photographing animals can be a highly rewarding yet challenging task! There are some steps however that amateur and professional photographers can take into consideration when preparing to photograph the family pet.

1. Provide a safe environment for the pet (in a studio, fenced in area, etc.)
2. Determine from the owner/handler any pertinent information about the animal before the photo session. For example, if the pet is a senior and fragile, you will need to consider the best way to position him so he is not in any pain. Is he friendly with humans or does he have a tendency to bite (if so, strongly consider safety considerations), etc.
3. Have the owner/handler take their pet for a long walk or run before the shoot so he is sufficiently relaxed and ready to go upon arrival. Make sure the animal is brushed and the eyes are not covered by fur.
4. Have dog/cat friendly treats on hand so you can entice the animal to sit/pose in a ‘photogenic’ manner.
5. Have the owner/handler work with you to direct their pet and assist in proper posing. Having said this however, if you get the sense that the owner/handler is anxious or frustrated over getting their pet to cooperate, sometimes it is best to have an assistant get involved instead.
6. Watch for signs of distress in the animal ie. ears back in a cat or tail between the legs in a dog. These warning signs, among others, let you know that you may need to wait or postpone the session for a later date.
7. Create complementary backgrounds for your subject that add to his/her personality and colour and do not distract in any way.
8. Using a leash may be helpful to move the animal into position for the camera. This can be removed later with a proper photo editing program such as Photoshop.
9. Be conscious of the animal and its response to the use of camera flash. Some animals are not bothered by flash while others are. Ask the owner/handler what previous responses to flash have been like. Sometimes a ‘quick flash test’ at the beginning of the shoot can save you time and disaster during the session.
10. As the photographer, it is important to be relaxed, yet confident over directing the session, the handlers, and the animals. Everyone will respond much better if they know you are confident and enjoy what you do. Most of all, have fun!

Getting Traffic From MySpace And Social Networking Marketing Tips

MySpace is well-known for its huge online community and the way to do social networking, but it also can be a way to get your message out about your service or business if done in a non-pushy casual way. Today’s generation has seen so many ads and can block it out in a flash. What’s important to remember that MySpace and social networking is about making friends and casually mentioning what you do, what you’ve found helpful etc. It is not about hard selling.

After you set up your profile at MySpace you can explore using the various feature which include
adding friends, sending out bulletins, joining a group, blogging, writing comments and sending e-mails to your friends. Also when you set up your profile you are assigned a number but it’s nice to change it to a catchy phrase because that will be part of the url or website address people use to find you.

The group tab on MySpace is wonderful to browse because you can find groups that are targeted on your niche and join them. For instance, if you study the pets and animals tab you’ll see there are several groups available for dog lovers. The Dogs are the Best group has 31,901 members. There’s another group titled My Dog Rocks that has over 54,000 members. There’s also specialized niches as well such as a pit bull group that has 9000 members.

After you join a group you need to wait a week to post and then you can either answers people’s posts or post your own topic or question. It is best to put your offer in your signature file and to build up relationships with people in the group rather than be an aggressive marketer. Some groups also have a bulletin section which allow ads and you use that section as well in a more direct way. I have found that being anecdotal and talking about my own interest in the topic help builds connections with other group members. Think how long it would take you to grow a newsletter list yourself of 54,000 members and you’ll get a glimpse of the potential this has to let others know about your product or service.

Another feature I like is the commenting aspect. You can leave a comment on your friend’s profiles
that everyone who goes to their page will see. It can be worth it to make or buy a pretty banner so that you can include that within your comment. I always study someone’s page before I make a
banner so I can customize my remark to their personality. It takes more time but again it helps to build the relationship. If I see that the person likes a certain book I like or hobby I will mention that in my comment and then put a link to my site using a banner or a text link.

Blogging using the MySpace blog system is also a very good way to get traffic to your site. I usually
will post something in a diary or casual way and have a link to my site. I then will send out a bulletin
to tell people I’ve updated my blog. Don’t neglect MySpace in your marketing campaign as it has
wonderful opportunities to help people get to learn about your website, service and business.

The Psychology of Animals

On the problems of studying animal behavior with limited human parameters…

Contrary to what most people think, animals do manifest interesting psychological traits. Considering available data and the fact that animal psychology is still in its developing phase, it would be premature to provide a blueprint for the animal ‘mind’, although many researchers have attempted to do that and there has been some success in the understanding of the animal mind through study of behavior and learning in animals. Of course, behaviorists would consider it absolutely unnecessary to talk of an animal ‘mind’ as according to them, learning and responses in animals could be explained completely with behavioral changes and association of different stimuli. Many psychologists believe animals simply show instinctual responses and their behavior does not have intentionality.

This means that animals simply follow a stimulus response pattern and instinctively show a trial and error behavioral pattern of actions rather than using their conscious mind to behave in a certain way. This is what Konrad Lorenz, a pioneering ethologist considered as ‘fixed action patterns’ or FAPs and it is believed that a few FAPs are caused by certain standard stimuli across the animal kingdom. Obviously if the mind is to the brain as the soul is to the body, the concept of mind itself would be problematic but although we cannot deny the human mind, we can in a way explain animal behavior without referring to the mind directly. How far would this position be appropriate?

In recent years animal mind has become a topic of great interest. Are animals able to think and feel? Are animals intelligent? Can they apply insight to solve certain problems? Anyone with a pet at home will respond positively to these questions. Of course animals seem to understand our moods, they know what exactly is coming after possibly having read our facial/bodily expressions, and in many cases animals are able to solve problems, almost with insight. If a caged bird is able to move out of a cage on pressing a lever will that be considered an insightful or trial and error behavior? Animals are not able to talk in our human language and we do not understand animal language so there is a gap in communication and this may be a primary reason for which we are incapable of knowing whether animals have ’emotional experiences’ and use insight to solve problems or whether everything to them is nothing but trail and error.

The problem with us humans is that we judge other animals with our only tool – language. We talk about emotions, insight and feelings in a particular way and it is impossible to gauge animal mind unless we also understand animal language and although we understand some animal gestures, we cannot probe deep into the mind of other species. But just because we are limited in our knowledge and understanding of animals, it will be too dismissive and unwise to consider that animals only use trial and error methods to respond to the world. It is of course largely accepted across biology and psychology that in Darwinian terms, the human brain being the most evolved is capable of more complex emotional patterns, insights, expectations etc than the lower animals and the more evolved brain would also naturally imply a higher ability for complex mental functions. Other animals are only capable of mental functions that require lesser brain capabilities.

There is a famous study by David and Ann Premack who suggested that it is possible to teach human language to nonhuman apes. They worked with chimpanzees and a famous bonobo Kanzi to suggest that certain animals can also learn human language and can also spontaneously produce and recognize words. Some language learning has also been seen in birds like parrots but although parrots show rote learning by trial and error, chimpanzees and bonobos may just show some rudimentary form of intelligent behavior in their manipulation of language. Across the animal kingdom we have come across many cases and examples, when animals sulk or get depressed when they lose a mate or a young one, just like us humans. Animals also show very organized and complex mating behavior, highly developed learning behavior and even their social life seem to be based on survival strategies.

Learning Behavior: Learning in animals has been primarily explained by behaviorists who considered that animal learning could be explained with the principles of conditioning or association. Thus a dog learns to salivate when he sees his owner coming out of the kitchen with a particular plate because this is a pattern that has been repeated over time and the dog has associated the owner and the dish with the satisfaction of his hunger for food. But is it just a reflexive behavior and is the dog completely devoid of actual insight about the situation? Some comparative psychologists would think that just like us, dogs also have emotions such as happiness and expectations of something and evolutionary psychologists will consider the difference as dependent on the brain.

Social Behavior: Certain insects such as bees show highly complex social behavior, even more complex than some of the higher animals. But from an evolutionary viewpoint the higher animals will have more mental capabilities than bees, then how do bees show such complexity in behavioral social responses? Bees tend to have specialized neurons for complex tasks although it is suggested that the need to survive develops complexity in social behavior in case of bees, ants and other insects that prefer colonies or grouping and tend to have their own rules to survive or avoid attacks from other animals.

Mating behavior: Throughout the animal kingdom, the mating behavior of animals is highly complex. From secreting pheromones to changing body colors, animals can resort to desperate means to attract a potential mate. Some animals are even known to die just to mate and just like humans animals use their sensory cues through smell and sight to identify and attract a mate. We humans also largely rely on our sense organs to decide who we want as a mate yet we also use some insight and understanding to finally stabilize our mating process. In animals however, the entire copulation process apparently seem to be biologically controlled with actual bodily changes and this may or may not indicate the presence of a mind. But, when animals suffer from distress after losing a mate, it is a clear indication that we need to rethink our understanding of animal mating behavior based purely on biological programming.

Animals seem to show nearly all kinds of behavior that humans are capable of and have complex social, mating, and learning behavior and they show emotions of distress (after losing a close one), joy (on getting affection or a meal), altruism (the need to help other animals by warning of danger) and show many such complex patterns of action to maintain survival of their species. One thing they don’t seem to share with us is our unique human language and thus they are not able to say exactly what or how they feel. It could be suggested that certain animals have certain well developed regions of the brain that allow them to be good at certain behaviors and not good at certain others. In most cases, animals identify earthquakes and natural disasters far better and hours or days before we do.

Reptiles such as snakes have highly developed sense of vibrations, for example, bats and even certain birds and insects have a highly developed sense of radiation, dogs have a better sense of smell and sound than humans, chimps have shown higher adaptive behavior than humans (according to a study by Jianzhi Zhang) and humans have highly developed language area in the brain with better cognitive skills. With our brain being capable of doing several complex tasks, human beings are considered as the most evolved in the animal kingdom, yet we have to remember that human brain may not be evolved in all areas equally and certain other animals may have better abilities in performing certain tasks that we humans would ever be capable of. So, this is not a question of who is better but who is better at what. Considering this, is it correct to think that humans are the most superior or most evolved among all other animals? This is a question that ethologists, evolutionary biologists, comparative psychologists, behavioral ecologists, sociobiologists, zoologists and animal physiologists will have to answer.

Considerations That You Need To Go Over When Buying Exotic Pets For Sale

Having pets at home and is not a joke. This may sound really fun, but this requires a lot of dedication and is usually associated with a number of responsibilities that you have to be prepared for. This is particularly true especially if you are deciding on buying exotic pets for sale. As their name implies, these types of animals are out of the usual. They are not like your pet cats and dogs.

The first thing that you need to look into when buying exotic animals would be the laws that your state or community has set about this. Some types of these animals may only be legal in some areas, so you need to check with your local government so that you do not end up breaking any rules. Next, look into the caging or housing requirements of your planned pet. You need to keep in mind that the larger the size of an animal is, the harder the task of controlling and caring for it will be. Be sure that you decide on the type of exotic that you want for you and your family. Read about the caging requirements of the pet that you are considering to buy so that you can be aware of the dos and don’ts of these things. Some animals require some specifics especially when it comes to the amount of space that they need inside their cages. This is particularly true for animals that have long life spans that can reach from 15 to 20 years. With this given fact, you need to make sure that the cage that you will be buying for your pet animal is comfortable and spacious enough since this will basically serve as his home for the rest of his life.

The next thing that you need to look into would be the expenses associated with your pet. Exotic animals have special needs specifically for their veterinary care, food, housing, and other supplies. This means that taking care of them will require more money as compared to taking care of regular cats and dogs. With this, you need to determine whether or not you are financially prepared for the needs of the animal that you will be taking home with you anytime soon. Next, in line would be veterinary care. Make sure that you get the best veterinarian for your exotic pet. Look for one that specializes in taking care of exotics. One that has experience with regards to the type of animal that you will buy would be a good choice. Looking for a good vet before actually buying a pet will allow you to have help available in case your pet goes through some health issues or problems.

Lastly, take a look at the compatibility of the exotic animal that you are going to buy with the pets that you already have at home. Determine whether or not they will be able to adjust to each other well. Aside from compatibility to pets that you have at home, take your children into consideration as well. If you have small kids at home, buying animals that have a high tendency to be aggressive would be a bad idea.

4 Tips For Animal Communication

Can you communicate with your pet? Well, the answer depends on the love between you and your pet. We, humans, have the skill of interacting with animals, and that is the reason we are different from other creatures of the universe. As a matter of fact, the process of animal communication is part of the natural law. If you don’t know how to communicate with animals, you may find the following tips helpful.

1. Start With You Own Pet

If you have a pet parrot, for instance, you should start with your pet. This is because you already have a connection with your pet, which will make it easier for you to connect with another animal. Keep an eye on how your pet behaves when he is angry, sad or hungry. This will give you a very good idea of their behaviors.

If you have just bought a pet, you should start by saying good morning to him in the morning when you meet him for the first time.

2. Wait For Their Response

Second, whenever you say something to your pet, wait for them to respond. Don’t just keep on talking. This is just like you talk to a human friend and give them some time to reply. You should give the same opportunity to your animal as well. After all, they do need time to understand you and then give you a reply.

Usually, they will reply you in their own way. It could be a gesture, a whistle or a random word. At times, you may receive an image. After all, we all have different ways of sending, receiving and interpreting the information others give us.

3. Give Proper Responses

While chatting with someone on your phone, you will respond to their messages appropriately. You may give them a reply and start chatting with them or you may tell them that you are busy right now. In the same way, you should “reply” to your new pet as well. Say whatever you want and they will understand it.

If you don’t respond to your friend, they will stop paying attention to you. In the same way, your pet won’t pay attention to you if you stop responding to them. The worst animal communication mistake is to ignore your pet.

Do you feel like your pet has already given up? If so, you can reach out to them to restore the connection once again. You have to make the phone call.

4. Communicate with other animals

As soon as your pet gets familiar with you, you should keep giving time to them. Now, you are ready to communicate with other animals as well. Your pet is your family. You should treat them well. If you are alone, don’t just sit in your home. Sit with your pet and talk to them. Look in their eyes and say whatever you want to say with love. You will enjoy a lot in their company, and they will enjoy themselves too.

Pet Adoption Might the Best Thing To Do for You and Your Family

Pet adoption just might be the best thing you can do for yourself and your family So many pets are homeless these days. The Humane Society of the United States, says an 8 to 10 million cats and dogs enter animal shelters annually. And in conjunction with this 4 to 5 million cats and dogs are being euthanized by these shelters. These figures don’t include those in small, local and home-based shelters you see at the Petco’s or PetSmart’s in your local communities. There are also animal rescue organizations that take abused and abandoned animals.

The most common reason that an animal shelter can hear from pet parents surrendering their pets is that they are moving. And in this economy it’s a sad fact that the numbers are growing as people lose jobs, homes and they can’t, in many cases, afford to treat these pests properly and surrendering them is the last option in these sad, sad circumstances.

Notwithstanding behaviour problems are also other reasons for giving up a pet. Too much barking, chewing everything, too hyper or aggressiveness of the pets are the common cited behaviour problems cited. Any way you look at it the end result is that we have too many pets up for adoption or homeless in general.

Pet Adoption as the Solution

The first thing we need to address is to get rid of the myths surrounding pet adoption in general and the quality of pets that are available. Animal shelters, unlike what these myths say, have healthy animals. Shelters often have as much information from previous owners to determine what kind of vaccination has already been provided. Aside from medical care investigation, shelters also provide the necessary treatments and will spay or neuter the animals before being adopted to prevent a recurrence of the current situation in the future.

Pet adoption is taking responsibility for an animal put up for adoption due to the circumstances mentioned above. With pet adoption, these pets get a chance in finding the appropriate, caring and life long home for them. Aside from this humane chance we are giving to man’s best friends, there are also benefits from adopting animals.

Some of the benefits , much going research proves that pet parents have lower blood pressure, less anxiety, and experience lifts in their depression. A study proved that with aa little as 10 minutes, a pet can lower blood pressure significantly.

Actually, senior citizens, who are great pet adoption candidates, actually need less medical attention. Not only are the elderly deriving benefits from pets. Children exposed to pets during their first year of life have a lower frequency of many childhood maladies.

However you look at it Pet adoption should never be done without prior though and planning. There are numerous reasons why pets are being surrendered to shelters and rescue groups, most common reason is not thinking the decision through about getting a pet and then failing to the understand the responsibility that taking care of pets requires.

All You Need to Know About Exotic Pets

Pets claim a significant part in our lives. From the ancient times, we have tamed and used their capabilities for the benefit of our lifestyle. However, with time, we have come to love pets and they gained a place in our family. From taming elephants, wolves, horses; we have come a long way and now our taste lies in keeping dogs, cats, fish, and birds in our home.

However, some people do not feel satisfied with these common animals. Their search for an uncommon pet leads them to exotic pet criteria. The right exotic pet, which suits your lifestyle, personality and habits, can be a great reward. However, understanding which one would be right for you can be confusing and challenging.

What Is An Exotic Pet?

An exotic pet is an uncommon animal, which is kept in home. However, it could be possible that the particular pet you are taking in your home has never been tamed or petted. A few examples are-

· Amphibians

· Rodents

· Reptile

You need to remember that there are many variations of a particular life form in our world. Therefore, the animal species which you encounter everyday in your garden could have a distant cousin, considered to be an exotic species. For example, many snake species are common such as- Deaf adder, Bolivian anaconda, Black rat snake, Sand boa etc.

However, species such as- Kenyan Sand Boa, Blood Python, Corn Snake, King snake etc are considered to be exotic. With the increasing demand of people to buy and pet different types of exotic animal, veterinary insurance carriers and online retailers are finding best ways to bring these beautiful animals to your hands.

However, some exotic species are considered to be rare and endangered. Therefore, organizations like- CITES maintain strict protocol in transferring these animals. Some rare animals even influence the eco-logical structure of our world. Taking them away from their natural habitat cannot only be harmful to them but to you too.

Legal Regulations

State and country government is firmly controlling the transference of exotic animals beyond borders. Ecologists are initiating surveys to find out which animal species is important to be left alone in their natural habitat. If you have bought one of these animals, then you are bound by the law to return them to proper authority. Otherwise, legal actions can be taken against you and you will be penalized.

Therefore, it is very important for you to know these regulations before buying or bringing one of these beautiful creatures at home. You can find he laws online or can visit the state wildlife preservation office to learn more about this issue.

Health Care Issues

Before taking an exotic animal home, you need to know all about its natural habitat, food choices, and health conditions. Some of these animals may require special type of environment inside your home to live in healthy condition. These types of alterations can and will carve out a big chunk of money from your financial reserve. So, if you can’t afford to go through these requirements, it is better for you not to bring them home. Plus, you need to consult veterinary experts about the medicines, and supplementary foods to offer your lovely exotic pet a healthy and happy life.

Exotic Pet Dangers

In light of a trainer’s tragic death from interacting with a supposedly trained killer whale, it is interesting to note that this is not first, and not even the second, but the third death caused by this powerful animal. Even though the trainers realized that this was still a fairly wild animal, they trusted the creature enough to be in the water with him. Although the killer whale was less than a pet, this incident still highlights the dangers of interacting with exotic animals.

Many people consider exotic pets to be status symbols as well as fun, exciting creatures to have around. For some reason, we have always been drawn to these animals, frequenting circuses and animal shows. Additionally, even though zoos can do a wonderful job of providing a safe haven for wild animals, they can still make kids want an exotic animal as a pet.

When comparing domestic animals to exotic ones that are kept as house pets, you must realize that humans have been in the process of domesticating cats and dogs for thousands of years. Puppies and kittens are able to get used to humans from the second that they are born, which helps adapt them to the presence of people. On the other hand, exotic animals may have been living in the wild for years, only to be yanked out of their natural habitat.

There are a wide variety of exotic pets kept as animals. While some people choose to keep tigers, lions, bears, and wolves for their pleasure, even non-human primates and some reptiles count as exotic pets. Some of these animals need a larger amount of habitat than you can provide in just your yard. Still others rely on exotic foodstuffs that cannot be found in your neighborhood pet store. This can result in suffering for the animal.

With this suffering, exotic pets can become agitated and dangerous. Some people choose to put their animals through processes such as declawing and tooth removal in order to make them less able to cause injury if they decided to attack. However, this can make an exotic pet still more frustrated and angry.

Many people do not realize the strength of exotic animals. In fact, chimpanzees, a common exotic pet, have been estimated to have five times the arm strength of a human male. This can result in deadly disasters if they become panicked around a human. Besides strength, chimps also have strong, sharp canine teeth that can rip and tear.

Some people and places work hard to keep exotic animals in as natural of a habitat as possible, such as zoos and wildlife preserves. However, keeping an exotic animal as a house pet can be very dangerous for you and those you love.

Things to Consider When Buying a Pet

Sometimes when you enter a pet shop, or you are browsing online, or even when you visit friends and you come across an interesting pet, it’s hard to resist the temptation of buying one for yourself. Cute pictures, amusing behaviour and novelty factor all add up to some people ‘impulse buying’ animals. It’s easily done, but unfortunately can result in animals having to be sold, given to re-homing centres or in the worst case, mistreated or abandoned.

So what things should you know before you buy a pet and what things must be taken into consideration? Firstly, you should consider why you want the particular pet. Be it dog or cat, hamster or stick insect. Everyone has reasons why they like their pet of choice. But what reasons are right and more importantly, what are the wrong reasons? Having a fascination with an animal or being drawn in by its cute looks shouldn’t be the only reason you bought your pet. You should buy a pet because you will enjoy the years of companionship and responsibility it will bring.

You should not buy a pet because it’s a ‘cool’ or interesting thing to have. Of course, this may contribute to the reasons you feel drawn to it, but you need to carefully weigh up if you are looking for recognition or approval from other people by owning this pet. If you feel that may be the case, you should take a step back. You also shouldn’t want a pet because everyone else has one. So how do you decide that you are really interested in looking after the animal and not just wanting it for novelty reasons?

Firstly you should research. Even if you have seen the animal in your local pet store, you should wait. Chances are if they stock them now they can order them again. Look up on the Internet, buy books and talk to other people who have experience with that type of animal. This will give you an idea of what sort of commitment you are looking to make and what sort of care you have to provide. Research different aspects, where did it come from? How long does it live for? How best to settle the pet in? If researching the animal doesn’t bore you then you are more likely to be willing to look after it. If finding out about it bores you you may want to reconsider your choice.

Then you need to consider five main points; Cost, Time, Lifestyle, Space and Commitment.

Cost

What will the animal cost? Not just how much to buy, but how much to look after it for it’s lifetime. This includes vets bills, food, toys, enclosure and so on. It’s important you can provide it with its basic needs for the whole of its lifespan.

Time

How much time will your pet need? Does it need walking? How long will it take to clean out? Does it have special feeding requirements? Maybe it can’t be left for long? All these things need to be considered so both you and your pet are happy together.

Lifestyle

Does your lifestyle work with the pet? For example, do you work long hours? If so, something like a dog may not be suitable. Do you go on holiday? If so, do you have friends or family that would be willing to look after your pet? Maybe the pet is for a younger child? Will they be able to cope with the responsibility? These are all questions that need to be answered to ensure that you are happy with your pet and the animal receives the best care possible.

Space

How much room do you have? Maybe you have enough space for the fish tank or vivarium, but is it in the right place? For larger animals, such as cats and dogs, do you have enough room for them to have a quiet space? Do you have a garden? If not, do you have parks or walks that your pet can be taken to? Again, fitting your new companion in needs to be carefully thought about to avoid any upset.

Commitment

Ask if you are comfortable with the habits of your animal. Perhaps it has to be fed bugs, make sure you feel okay with this. Perhaps it needs to have lots of exercise, make sure you are happy to give this to your pet. In general consider if you will be committed to do the day-to-day care that ensures a happy and healthy life for your pet.