Family life is full of ups and downs, stresses and strains. It can be the most fulfilling and the most frustrating experience but you wouldn’t change it for the world. While you might not change it you might certainly add to it and what family is complete without a pet?
It might feel like taking on another living thing to care about is madness but instead you’ll find they slot right in and make themselves part of the family in just a few days. In fact we guarantee you’ll find it hard to remember a life before your cat or dog took residence.
The big question is which pet is going to suit you best? In this blog we try and answer that question by looking at two of the most popular options. If you really can’t make your mind up then you’re going to end up with both of them, so start narrowing down your options.
When people say cats aren’t loyal they really haven’t had the chance to live with one. Your feline friend will rush to greet you when you come home from the school run or head through the door after a long day at work. Sure, some of that affection might be based on hunger but we’ll take it.
After the basics are taken care of, worming, flea treatment and neutering, cats do take care of themselves, more or less. They require feeding only a couple of times a day, access to drinking water and somewhere to toilet, whether that’s a garden or litter tray.
They make a perfect first pet with their low maintenance ways and if you get two of the same ages, they’ll entertain each other during your absence from home.
But dogs really are on your team. They don’t just think they’re part of the family, they know they are. With unswerving loyalty and devotion your best friend will positively pine for you when you’re out of sight and go wild on your return.
Of course with this comes the need for walking and plenty of exercise. Fun in the summer when you can take the family with you to the nearest woods or park, not so much fun when everyone refuses to come with you on a rainy winter’s evening.
As with cats, you’ll have to provide flea and worm treatment but you’ll be able to buy food in bulk and online.
No matter which pet you opt for, you’re going to be facing vet bills at some point during their lives, so it’s well worth investing in a pet insurance scheme, right from the start. Cats or dogs, both bring such a lot of joy and happiness to any family.
Children learn some responsibility taking care and feeding their pet while the grown ups love the chance to cuddle up on the sofa with a warm puppy at the end of the day.
Cheaper than horse supplies, more affectionate than a gerbil, pick a cat or dog and make your family complete.
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