Pet Ownership 101

When I was five, I wanted a hamster more than anything else. When my parents gave me a cage and said I could go pick one out from the store, I was so happy—I couldn't wait!

I thought it was going to be easy to own a hamster. I was wrong. Some parts were easy—but not all.

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Make sure you're ready to take care of a pet before you buy one.

Pets take work

It takes a lot of time to own a pet. They need:

Caring for a pet can include regular nail, claw, or wing clippings, fur combing, and cage cleaning. All of these tasks take time.

 How much is that doggy in the window?

Pet ownership takes money. Costs range depending on the type of pet you have, and include:

Which pet?

If you've decided you have enough time, patience, and money to own a pet, you're ready to decide which kind of pet you want. Here are some factors to consider:

What kind of companion do you want? One that is distant or one that keeps close to you? Go to the library or ask questions at a local pet store to find out more about the pet.

How much time can you spend? Look into costs for the pet you want. Research the needs of that pet, and related costs.

What's unique about your pet? Knowing what is good and bad for your animal is essential. There are many things that can be bad for your animal.

Diet is an essential part of your pet's life...

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