Choosing and Keeping a Pet

Choosing a pet

Before you buy a pet, there are important issues you need to think about, such as:
  • will this pet suit you or your families lifestyle 
  • are you prepared for the commitment and cost of pet ownership eg food, vet bills, registration and microchipping
  • how much free time you have to spend with your pet
  • if you have children or elderly people living with you
  • the temperament of the pet you want
  • if you rent your home, remember that some rental contracts don't allow pets
  • what you will do with your pet when you're away from home
If you have other pets, consider how a new pet will fit in with your existing ones.

Choosing the right pet for you

When you are deciding what sort of pet you would like to adopt, consider how much maintenance you are willing to take on. It is worth while researching the pet and breed thoroughly and talking with others who have experience to make sure you are making the right choice before you commit. 

Dogs and cats are popular choices for pets. Find out the responsibilities of owning a dog or a cat and the breed characteristics.

Other pet choices are:

Birds

Some birds have very long life spans, so check the breeds you are interested in to find out how long a commitment you'll be making. If you get a bird you'll need to make sure:

  • the bird's cage is clean and there's plenty of room
  • there's fresh water and food
  • if you put your bird outside make sure it is safe from predators, such as cats and wild birds. Don't leave them sitting in direct sunlight or in cold winds

Guinea pigs, ferrets, rabbits, rats and mice

Guinea pigs, rats and mice are very friendly, particularly if they get a lot of human company.

They don't require the large enclosures or living areas of dogs, cats and birds, which can make them a good pet for children. However, they have a short life expectancy.

If you have one of these pets you'll need:
  • a good cage to keep your animal in and keep predators out
  • to frequently clean the cage accessories . The guys can be smelly!
  • fresh water and food
  • check genders. These animals will breed quickly and it is best to keep males with males and females with females
  • somewhere to hide to feel safe and somewhere to play to keep active
  • the more time spent handing and training these pets allows them to be more sociable and easier to handle

Reptiles and Amphibians

Pet reptiles and amphibians include frogs, lizards, snakes and turtles.

You'll need to research carefully before deciding on a pet reptile. Each type has their own enclosure and climate requirements and can have very long life expectancies.  You may need a licence for keeping reptiles. For more information contact the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage - www.environment.nsw.gov.au

Fish

If you're setting up an aquarium make sure you research the fish types so the ones you choose ones that are compatible with the size of your tank and it's setup.

Water quality and temperature are very important to most fish species. Many fish die because the water is too hot or too cold, has the wrong 'ph' level or an inappropriate level of salt.

There are many types of fish, including:
  • gold fish: they require the least care and expense, but still need regular feeding and tank maintenance
  • tropical fish: need to be kept at suitable temperatures and PH levels. This is different between species
  • salt-water fish: also need to be kept at suitable temperatures and require the most care and expense


 

Also in this Section

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Dogs and Cats
Find out about the requirements for dog owners, including registration and microchipping, permits, barking dogs, dangerous dogs, fines and other requirements. Also find links to off-leash areas and lost and found and impounded animals.
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Keeping a Cat
Learn about your responsibilities as a cat owner, including cat care tips, buying a cat and cat permits.
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Keeping a Dog
Find out about owning a dog, caring for your dog and off-leash areas to safety exercise yourself and your dog.
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Microchipping and Registration
In NSW, all cats and dogs, other than exempt cats and dogs, must be microchipped by 12 weeks of age or before being sold or given away, whichever happens first.
Last modified: 28 Jul 2016

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