Quattro, six months on, you're still sorely missed. You did well to last 17 years though.
It is important to get this right. Pets do pave the way for awesome companionship, and it might not be as simple as having either a cat or a dog. Other domestic pets include guinea pigs and goldfish. It depends on you, your home, and your personality as to which type of pet is right for you in the home. It can also come down to whether or not you own your own home or you're renting, as the latter form of living situation would limit your choice of pet/s in the home, if at all, depending on your landlord in such circumstances.
Furthermore, some homes are home to some unusual pets, to the degree that many of us would not even consider them to be domestic pets, if at all. Think turtles and snakes, as well as axolotls to name. Some top tips from experience on selecting the right pet for your home.
A typically playful Tortoiseshell cat
1. Who are you?
Are you an overly active person, who wants to get out of the house as much as possible? Or do you prefer the decorated indoors? Or a bit of both? If you love a lot of physical activity, then a dog would be the right/ideal pet for you, and they're pretty playful too. When choosing the right breed, choose a breed that you love, and one that you're comfortable dealing with. Dogs are more kid friendly too. If there are times you want to be left alone, then steer clear of Burmese and Korat cats for instance, although they're fantastic, athletic, and lovely breeds of cats. They're clingy and they love affection. Tortoiseshell cats are also overly playful and active, even when they're no longer kittens. With a lap cat, ensure you're wearing jeans, as you don't want your good clothes ruined by their paws.
Dogs and puppies are also kid friendly. This gorgeous 10 week old King Charles Cavalier who loves everyone.
2. New or adopted?
Good karma comes from adopting a pet, whether abandoned or through an adoption agency like the RSPCA and the Cat Protection Society. If you're into a specific breed, then sources such as Burmese Rescue are great sources, although such sources cannot guarantee the accuracy of their posts. In other words, the pet of choice may no longer be available when you call to make further enquiries, and therefore have additional pets in mind. Rescue pets are more affordable too, usually from around $85 to $200 per pet. For example, a Ragdoll cat can be adopted from the RSPCA for $85, while at a pet shop, you're looking at around $1200 for a new one. Again, it depends on what you want. Adopted pets are usually appreciative of their "second" chance at life in a good home.
3. Take a quiz
To be sure you're choosing the right breed of pet, a fantastic source to go to is Selectapet. You are asked a number of questions pertaining to your lifestyle. If you like a lap cat, then the right breeds (domestic longhairs and Burmese) are determined. If you only want an indoor cat, then a Ragdoll would be the perfect cat breed for your home. Really insightful and helpful.
A ginger cat that is not quite a lap cat just yet
4. Take out pet insurance
Just like you insure yourself and your home in more ways than one, it is essential to take out insurance for your pet. One minute your pet can be entirely healthy, while the next minute your pet may need to be taken to the vets constantly or be put down, and this can be quite an arduous and expensive process, when not properly handled. Medibank is a great company to insure your pet with. It takes about 18 months to grieve over a lost loved pet.
As you know, having a pet in the home is a long-term commitment, and one that should not be taken lightly. All the best in choosing the right type and breed of pet for your domain.
Gorgeous Quattro again, a domestic longhair Moggy.