Points about Pets - choosing your pet, dog and cat breeds, breeders, boarding kennels and catteries, catteries and kennel clubs, rescue shelters, rspca, your pets healthcare and saying goodbye - pet cremations and pet memorials.
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Dogs - warm, loving and very loveable - companions, watch-dogs, work-dogs and good therapy for both the old and the young. Children can be taught understanding, thoughtfulness and responsibilites to a friend by having a pet.
Dogs - points you need to consider -
CHOOSING YOUR PET:
Dogs tend to be the most popular pets but you need to give careful consideration to your decision before getting one.  Make sure you are prepared to make the committments needed to have a pet and make your choice carefully to ensure you can properly house, enclose, feed, exercise, maintain and love and care for your pet. 
Cats - are ideal pets - clean, quite fastidious, they need little exercise, can happily exist in a small living space provided you understand their nature, habits and needs and provide proper care and attention.  They are usually intelligent, pretty independent and very inquisitive, happy lying around and observing.  In todays world, because of the need for Wildlife Conservation it is a good idea to have a 'cat run' so that your cat is contained and restricted from catching & killing your local wildlife - which is their natural nature.
  • How long is your committment for - on average dogs can live to about the age of 15.
  • A new pup or an older dog.
  • Male or Female
  • Desex or not
  • Long or Short hair
  • Small or large dog
  • The nature of different breeds
  • Purebred or Crossbred
  • What breed
  • Breeds with congenital abnormalites
  • Where to Buy your dog
  • Quality of Breeders
  • History and selection of a new pup
  • Have they been vaccinated, chipped etc.
  • Fully fenced, secure yard
  • Future health and hygiene maintenance
  • Cost of veterinary care
  • Cost of grooming care
  • Cost of Boarding whilst you are on Holiday.
  • Your local Council regulations
Cats - points you need to consider -
  • How long is your committment for - on average cats can live to the age of 15+.
  • A kitten or older cat.
  • Male or Female
  • Desex or not
  • Long or Short hair
  • The nature of different breeds
  • Pedigree or ordinary tabby?
  • What breed
  • Breeds with congenital abnormalites
  • Where to Buy - Breeder or Pet Shop?
  • Quality of Breeders
  • History and selection of a kitten
  • Have they been vaccinated, chipped etc.
  • Future health and hygiene maintenance
  • Cat run or not - Cost.
  • Cost of veterinary care
  • Cost of grooming care
  • Cost of Boarding whilst you are on Holiday.
  • Your local Council regulations
Birds; Fish; Reptiles; Rodents - points you need to consider -
  • Selecting a reputable Pet Shop, Aquarium
  • Your committment to caring for your pet
  • Future health and hygiene maintenance
  • Specialized foods
  • Cost of veterinary care
  • Care whilst you are away