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Can you provide regular exercise?
A nice stroll with a dog or letting a rabbit go outdoors can be relaxing and fun. But if you’re less mobile or would struggle to make the time to give your pet the exercise they would need, a pet that doesn’t need much exercise may be a better choice.
Do you have much outdoor space?
Many animals will need space to play and roam outdoors. Some animals like rabbits, cats and small dogs will only need a little space, while large dogs will need quite a lot. If you don’t have much room outdoors, or have mobility issues, an animal that can stay indoors like birds or fish will be a better choice.
What breed are they?
Some breeds of dog are very demanding. Some cats require a lot of grooming. Some types of fish have a very particular diet… Every breed has its own quirks. So make sure you research their needs before making your choice.
Will it be hard to groom and clean up after them?
Cats and dogs will moult, so they’ll need brushing. And cleaning up hairs from around the home can take a bit of work. Smaller animals won’t need much grooming, but tanks, hutches and cages will need to be kept clean
Create a bird-friendly garden
From bugs to bumblebees to birds, your garden may host all sorts of nature, and you don't need a big one to make them feel at home.
Bird baths, feeders, and houses are a great way to encourage wildlife into your garden and provide a safe place for them to stay. Don't forget to add seeds and nuts to feed them. Pick nectar flowering plants to attract insects. Your feathered friends will chirpily follow, creating a mini ecosystem.
Most pets will need some regular health treatment, such as regular vaccinations and flea and worm medicines. It’s important to factor these costs into your budget.
There will also be one-off costs if your pet becomes ill. These unexpected costs can be large. One way to protect yourself against this is to take out a pet insurance policy.