is also important to consider your needs when you think about
choosing an animal. Consider:
Does anyone in
the family have allergies?
Are there any
elderly people in your household, or visiting regularly?
Are you pregnant,
or do you plan to become pregnant soon? How many children
do you plan to have? The care and training of a new pet
demands a significant amount of time and energy; Open
Paw does not recommend getting a new companion animal
if you are pregnant or have very young children in the
household. Furthermore, your lifestyle, expectations,
and needs change when a new child comes into the family,
and this will affect your relationship with your cat or
Do you have noise
How many animals
will your new animal have to interact with? (Do you already
have animals? Do your immediate neighbors have animals?
Do friends bring their animals to visit?)
How often will
you walk the dog? Will the dog go to off-leash parks,
or mostly on leashed walks? (Dogs who go on leash walks
will have to be very friendly to people and animals).
What is your
living situation? If you rent, do you have permission
from your landlord to have an animal?
Will you be
moving soon, or do you move a lot?
What kind of
activities do you want the animal to participate in with
you? (Sports, driving, sitting at cafés, going
to the dog park, etc.)
you consider the above questions, you should think about