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?


  • 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:

  • food
  • equipment
  • toys
  • veterinary and preventative treatments
  • insurance