You and your pet are going to have a long term relationship, so it’s worth thinking about what type of pet is really going to suit your personality and lifestyle.

Here are some questions you can ask yourself:

Buy or adopt?

Adopting a pet from a rescue organisation is a great way to give an abandoned animal a second chance at a loving home.

If you would prefer to buy a pet from a breeder or pet store, be informed about what types of breeding practices they use to ensure you’re supporting ethical breeding practices.

Consider adopting a pet through the Animal Welfare League Queensland.

Young or mature?

Everyone loves puppies and kittens because they’re extremely cute and have personality plus. But puppies and kittens need a lot of your time (and patience) when it comes to training and socialising them so they become well-behaved pets. You will also need to decide whether to have your pet desexed when they are old enough.

If you don’t have the time to put into raising a puppy or kitten, maybe a more mature animal that’s already toilet trained, desexed and comfortable around other animals could be more suitable.

Purebred or mix?

Getting a purebred animal is important for some people, particularly if you are after specific characteristics from certain breeds. But purebred animals can be predisposed to some medical conditions, especially if poor breeding practices are followed.

Mixed breed animals are generally more affordable to buy and look after, and are less likely than purebreds to suffer from hereditary conditions.

Active or placid?

Some dog breeds (such as Border Collies and Kelpies) are extremely active by nature and will require a lot of daily exercise. Other breeds (such as Greyhounds and Cavalier King Charles Cocker Spaniels) may be happy with a leisurely walk once a day.

Walking a dog is extremely important for their physical and mental wellbeing. So if you work long hours and are unlikely to make it out at least once a day, a cat may be a more appropriate pet for you.

Indoor or outdoor?

Most pets love to be where you are, which is usually inside. If you have a strong preference for keeping animals outside, you need to make sure your pet is compatible with that.

It’s generally not advised to leave cats outside unsupervised as they often get into fights with other cats, get lost, get hit by cars or harm native fauna. Contact your local council to find out what local government regulations apply in your area.

If you’re planning on leaving a dog outside, you should ensure it gets plenty of exercise, always has access to shade and shelter, and that it can’t get out of your yard when it gets bored. Ask your local vet for more information.

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