If you travel a lot and have no one to walk or feed your dog while you are out of town, you may want to consider getting an animal that can be left alone for a few days, such as a cat, or a couple of canaries. A state-of-the-art aquarium, even with an automatic feeder system, is not recommended, as the situation can still get ugly and expensive if one of the pumps or filters breaks down and disrupts the stability of the tank’s environment.
Not everyone lives in a mansion, so when picking out an animal companion think about the amount of space you can spare. If you reside in a small apartment large dogs or potbelly pigs are not recommended. Also think about allergies, yours or those of other household members. The tinier the living facilities, the less chance air has to flow, giving asthma and allergy triggers a bigger chance to act up. At the same time, respect your neighbors, as walls can be thin and the last thing you need is to be evicted out of the complex because your pet is too noisy.
You may wonder how much difference there can be between keeping a goldfish on the kitchen counter and caring for a pure-bred terrier pup. Outside of the already stated reasons, you may want to keep an eye on your wallet. Beside the initial purchase, keeping your four-legged friend happy and healthy may cost you a lot more than a bowl of fresh water and a jar of protein rich and well-balanced flake food.
Your environment, lifestyle, needs and financial budget will play large factors in what pet you will ultimately get. Before making a final choice put all the pro’s and con’s on paper. It will not only give you a better picture of which animals are better suited for you and your family, but will also prevent a lot of otherwise unexpected grief and headaches.