Having a pet is a big commitment. Many pet owners understand this and go into the process of buying a pet with a clear idea of how much work will be involved. However, some people aren’t so sure. They may never have owned a pet before or they might be thinking about buying a new type of pet. Here are some key considerations when deciding on the type of pet you should buy:
- How much time do you have to dedicate to it? Pets such as dogs and cats will need a lot more attention than a hamster. Although cats are very independent, they will still need human company in a way that a smaller pet will not. Think about how much time you realistically could dedicate to your animals.
- Do you have children? If so, they will form a major part of your decision. When buying a larger pet, make sure you know its temperament and introduce it to the children before taking it home to see how they get on.
- Are you able to afford expensive vet care? Larger animals will require spaying, neutering, microchipping and vaccinating which can cost a lot of money. There’s always the possibility that any animal might get ill and need veterinary care, but by choosing a smaller animal it should cost you less.
- Are you aware of the kinds of specialist care the pet will need? Nobody should ever buy a pet until they’ve done their research. If you’re even slightly unsure of what will be required, do some more reading around the subject before you even consider buying an animal.
It can be great fun to own a pet bird which can talk. Some of the birds which will learn the quickest are African grey parrots, budgies, parakeets and hill mynas. There are some things which you can do to assist your pet in learning to talk and help them along the way.
Start by teaching them simple food items which they eat on a regular basis. Just like dogs and cats, birds can learn to associate descriptions with objects, so even if they’re not able to talk yet, they will be able to recognise words. Tell them what you are feeding them each time, and if they begin to make any noises which resemble a food item, reward them with that kind of food.
Say words enthusiastically. Birds can differentiate between tones of voice and you’re more likely to be successful if you sound upbeat. Be careful though, as this also means that birds might pick up other words which you say with gusto. If you shout ‘ouch’ when you stub your toe, for example, they can be very susceptible to learning phrases like this. They might also learn swear words or insults!
Birds can learn from each other, so if you have more than one let them spend plenty of time together. This is a skill which helps them in the wild and they may learn quicker from each other than they would from you. Very soon you could have your own mini flock of parrots and budgies which can chat away to each other.
When it comes to starting your own business, many people will really enjoy a pet shop project. Starting a pet shop is not excessively expensive, it will be fun and you will meet a lot of people who own pets, so if you are a pet lover, starting a pet shop will certainly be a thrill.
Starting and online pet shop can be a lucrative financial decision and some smart and fun marketing can lead to decent profits. While starting a pet shop is unlikely to turn you into a millionaire, it can be a fun and profitable project nonetheless.
So, let us have a look at what you will need to start a pet shop and how difficult of a process it is.
Making A Plan
Like any other business, you are not likely to succeed if you do not have a good business plan. While this does not necessarily mean you have to make a professional business plan on 40 pages, you should at least do some research into local competition and your marketing options before jumping into starting the business. Read more: Starting An Online Pet Shop And Finding The Right Pet Shop Suppliers
Rehoming an animal is a wonderful thing to do. You’ll be giving a pet a new lease of life, ensuring that it leads a better life than the one it currently has in an animal shelter. However, there are some things which you should take into serious consideration first.
Speak to the shelter about whether the animals you’re looking at have any special requirements. Often pets will be psychologically scarred by treatment they have received from previous owners, and you will need to know about this before deciding to take them on. If you don’t have any previous experience with behavioural problems, it might be better to choose an animal which will be easier to manage. However, if you’re up for the challenge and have plenty of time on your hands, showing a mistreated pet a loving home will be so rewarding.
Think about the home environment which you’re going to give to your new pet. Shelters will usually come and asses your space to make sure it’s suitable, so put some thought into this first. Do you have enough space? Are you able to go home to attend to your pet during the day? Do you have other animals or young children? These factors won’t necessarily mean that you can’t adopt a new pet, but you will need to have considered them carefully.
Choose the kind of animal which you’d like to rehome. Unfortunately, all animals are subject to abandonment and abuse, so the options are almost endless. Cats, dogs and smaller animals such as rabbits or guinea pigs are all popular options. Some will be much more work than others, so if you need any advice, do some research or speak to the shelter directly.
It can be very easy for animals to become overweight when being kept as pets. This can be extremely damaging for their health, and if you spot your pet getting a little bit chubby, it’s time to take action.
In much the same way as humans do, animals need to eat healthily and get plenty of exercise. This is especially true of animals like dogs and cats. If you have a house cat, it can be very easy for them to put on weight as they are usually far less active than outdoor cats. Make sure that you pet has plenty of toys to play with and is getting as much exercise as possible around the house.
There are many different types of pet food available and it can be difficult to know which one to choose. Do plenty of research and consult a professional such as a vet if you need some further advice. Some types may be better for certain breeds which need more energy, specific nutrients etc. Be very careful about portion control – too much of any kinds of foods, even healthy ones, can lead to weight gain.