Should you adopt a golden oldie?  An adult?  A fluffy little kitten or a cute puppy thats on the toilet paper ads?  

Kittens and puppies require the greatest amount of care, time and attention.  Most are rambunctious and lively.  Your house may never be the same again with a crazy kitten or destructive little puppy running around, chewing their way through your socks and cables.  

Everyone wants a puppy or kitten. They just forget, they dont stay that small and cute for long... So if you do decide you want a puppy or kiteen remember that you must assess other characteristics based on the mature dog. It is also essential that you see the home where the puppy was born and the mother, if possible, the father as well. This will give you an idea as to how your puppy will turn out.

 The advantage to getting a puppy or kitten is that you can train them from an early age and they are more likely to give positive feedback on training. However young children may not understand that a kitten/puppy is not a toy, and an older animal, say at least 6 months, would be a safer choice.

The older the dog the harder it will be to train, but... you can most definitely teach an old dog new tricks. The key is consistency and patience. You will usually get a better idea of the personality of the pet if you adopt an adult.  They are likely already house and litter-trained, and may have already been neutered and had their shots.  But they may also have already developed behavioural or health problems. 

Should you decide on an Adult pet, it is advised to enquire very closely into the background of the pet you are looking at. It may have physical or emotional problems and you will store up unnecessary trouble for the future if you buy/ home the pet. And don’t forget the senior pets, or those that are disabled.

Welcoming a ‘golden years’ or disabled pet into your home can bring them (and you) great joy, especially if you are looking for a lower-energy companion.  But remember, a senior pet is more likely to develop health problems, and may need special or veterinary attention. Remember that your own age is a factor as well.  If you are a senior citizen, you may not outlive a new-born kitten, so an older cat might be an excellent choice?

Now... have you decided on what pet you would like to get? 

What age? 

Male or Female?

Then you have to ask yourself one more question: "do i have a prefrence for long or short coat, slim and trim or bulky and scary...?" Almost there.. lets read more about their looks

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