What you need to consider before getting a pet – Part 22

There are many things to consider before you get any kind of pet. They are living beings and deserve a loving, clean, entertaining environment.

Lifespan

When considering any pet you must take into consideration how long the pet will live so you can get an idea of how long you will be caring for the pet, paying for health care and food, cleaning up after it, and if you are going to even be around for its whole life. You may be making life changes within its lifespan so you must be sure you will not abandon the pet for those changes. Short lived pets like hamsters, mice, rats and certain fish (some live very long though) still are not disposable because of their 2-4 year lifespan, changes can still happen in your life that they may be affected by. Some pets like chinchillas, smaller birds (finches, canaries, parakeets) dogs, and cats can live 15-20 years or more if cared for properly. Total life changes like college, having kids, moving, etc. are bound to happen in this time span so plan for how you will care for them during these times. Other pets like horses, larger birds (African grays, macaws, cockatoos), certain fish (goldfish especially) can live from 20 some years of the horse to 50 or more years for the larger birds and truthfully goldfish can live long lifespans if taken care of properly. There are even pets like turtles and certain birds who can live 100 years, the largest of turtles (not usually pet type) living more than 100 years. The lifespan is a very important consideration. But always plan for your pets future even if he only can live 2 years.

Cost

Some pets are more expensive to buy, get supplies for, feed and take to the vet. Hamsters and small rodents being the least expensive in general, horses, birds, and many times dogs and cats costing the most. Many pets require vaccinations, neutering is a good idea, as well as regular check ups. You must plan for these costs as well as think about emergencies that come up, there are many surprises that can happen and be very costly even with a little hamster. It definitely is a good idea to have some money saved up or at least know of a vet who will take payments in case a costly emergency comes up. Again lifespan plays a role as you need to plan for how long you can care for an expensive to feed animal.

Size and space requirements

Obviously pets vary greatly in size and you must consider if you have the room for the pet you would like to have. If you have no land for a horse and cannot afford

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