By: Rachel Semple
Pets are a big investment, whether it’s your time or money. Sometimes having a pet means you can’t go out on a Thursday night, or you have to spend 20 minutes outside in the freezing rain. The good news is that not all pets require the same amount of responsibility. If you want a companion animal, you have plenty of options to choose from.
So how do you pick the best pet for you and your lifestyle? Let’s break it down.
This doesn’t just mean what time you spend with your pet, as a lot of time is also spent caring for the animal and running errands for the animal’s well-being. And — though it’s a bit morbid — time also includes thinking about how long the pet will live. For example, if you want a shorter-term commitment, a parrot might not be your best bet as they can live for over 60 years!
When considering the time it takes owning a pet, it's also important to think about your lifestyle. For example, if you’re a busy college student, a new professional who works late often, or someone who spends a lot of time out and about, a time-consuming pet such as a dog might not be the right option for you.
All you’ve got is time?
Busy is your middle name?
A more expensive pet may not be the right pick for a freelancer without a dependable income or someone who is living paycheck to paycheck. Some types of pets are inherently more expensive than others, whether it be because they are expensive to purchase, they require specific types of care, they need more veterinary care or supplies, or all of the above.
Dogs and cats can be on the more expensive side of the pet spectrum due to their initial costs and the costs of taking care of them throughout their lives. Smaller creatures, like fish and rodents, tend to cost less, though the initial costs of supplies can add up surprisingly fast.
Can't buy me love?
It's not about the money, money?
Check out The Adult Dish’s other article on budgeting for a pet dog and what costs to expect here.