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Choosing Pets That Match Your Lifestyle
by Crystal Chan

Get A Pet as A Companion
Ready To Take Care of a Pet?
Puppies as Pets
Choosing Pets
Picking the Right Dog Breed
Buy the perfect puppy
Choosing A Good Dog Breeder
Truth About Pet Store Puppies
Bringing Home Your Puppy
Dog Names
Using a Dog Crate
Puppy-Proofing Your Home
Dog Crates
Mistakes by Puppy Owners
Dog Comfort Within Your Home
Your Dog and Your Furniture
House Training a Puppy
Socializing your Pet
Buying Dog Toys
Mistakes in Raising Dogs
Choosing a Leash for Your Dog
Dog Grooming
The ABC's of Pet Grooming
Communicate w/ Your Dog
Stop Excessive Barking
Adorable Tricks To Teach Your Dog
Annual Vet Visits?
Pet Vaccination Schedule
Top Ten Dog Diseases?
Dog for Food Allergies
Treating Arthritis In Dogs
Hip Dysplasia In Dogs
Is your dog sick
Canine Distemper
Kennel Cough
Heart Disease
Heartworm Disease
Hepatitis In Dogs
Dog Separation Anxiety
Dog's Dietary Requirements
Is your Dog Fat?
First Aid For Your Dog
Lyme Disease in Dogs
Bathing Tips For Dogs
Choosing Dog Obedience School
Dog Travel Tips
Your Dog Goes Missing
If Disaster Strikes
Interview a Pet Sitter
Dangers At The Dog Park
Dog Chewing
Stop Dog From Digging
Older Dogs Have Special Needs

Many would-be pet owners select animal companions purely on the basis of what they find "cute", or how they think that animal will reflect on their own image. These motives/actions can lead to irresponsible choices and ownership.

Far more important than the appearance of a prospective pet is how well you can care for it. You can insist on being a "dog person" all you like, but if you do not have the skills, patience and family support to provide training and hours of meaningful interaction with a dog every day, you must accept that at this point in your life, you perhaps have the means to be a "fish person" or a "hamster person", but not a "dog person".

When selecting a pet, you must take care to choose a species and breed with physical, mental, emotional and social needs that match your own physical, mental, emotional and social capacities.

A pet that needs plenty of outdoor workouts, interaction with lots of friendly people and animals, a great deal of demonstrated affection and daily training and playtime must go to a home where its owners are fully ready to give it all the outdoor workouts, socializing, pampering and training it requires.

Even a hamster, that needs only in-cage exercise-wheel workouts, must be properly fed and watered, have its cage cleaned, have regular interaction with you, and get medical care when needed. If you can barely care for yourself, can you look after a hamster?

Never underestimate an animal's need for attention and interaction with you and other humans-unless, of course, you are keeping pet cockroaches, in which case I have nothing further to say to you.

About the Author
1st Cat Care is to provide information and guidance to pet cat lovers in taking care of their cats' health, cat toilet training, tips on using the cat litter box, vaccinations, pregnancy and more ....