Buying a pet - General advice
What to consider when buying a pet
Buying a pet can be a very exciting time, but it can be an overwhelming decision. It's one that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Some pets will outlive their owners; for example, tortoises can live for over 70 years.
Think about the animal you would like, and what needs it may have. Think P-E-T-S.
P is for PLACE
- Do you have enough room to accommodate their needs inside or outside?
- Is the space secure?
- Who else lives at the property; children, elderly, other pets?
E is for EXERCISE
- How active are you?
- Can you provide the amount and level of exercise needed?
T is for TIME
- How much time do you have to look after them?
- Will they be left alone for long periods of time?
- Do you travel regularly on holiday?
- Have you considered their life expectancy?
S is for SPEND
- How much money could you afford to spend on your new pet?
You need to consider the cost of:
- veterinary and preventative treatments