First, it can be a family pet that you all pitch in to help train, feed, bathe, etc. Second, you can appoint someone who will be responsible for taking care of the animal and who will appreciate the benefits that such a role will bring to their lives.
In many cases, having a pet is a great way to teach responsibility and other important lessons to growing children, and under the supervision of their parents, of course, kids can learn these lessons while forging an important relationship with their pet.
If your kids are comfortable with having a cute, sluggish pet, then an overactive pet may overwhelm them. So make sure all the members have thrown their opinion into the pot before arriving at a decision.
You have to be absolutely sure that you can dovetail your pet's needs with your schedule. You need to think about its grooming, training, medical checkups, exercising and playing, feeding, etc.
Owning a pet will involve a lot of costs like vaccination, training, pet food, toys, bedding, medical treatment in case of illness or accident, etc. All pets are not alike, their needs and maintenance will differ as per their breed, make sure you consider all the expenses involved before bringing home a new pet.
Accommodation is another important factor to be considered before getting a new pet. Do you have enough space to house a new pet? Do you have a backyard/garden where your pet can play? What about toilet habits? If you can answer these questions, only then make the final leap.
Do you see your spouse curled up on the sofa with a cat? Do you hear the spinning of a hamster wheel? Understanding what you want out of a pet, including how much time you can devote to the animal, is important in choosing the pet that will best fit your family.
If you want a dog for instance, but simply don't have time to care for it, your family may not be ready to adopt a canine. You might open up your options by looking into getting a cat, or another animal that takes less time and needs less attention. Or you may choose to wait until your family is ready for the pet it wants.
Dogs that don't get enough attention can become bored, can be overactive, and can drive a wedge between family members. Instead of making this decision emotionally, think about what's in the animal's best interest when choosing which pet, if any, your family is ready to take on.
Adopting for the Right Reasons
When you bring a pet into your home, you expand your family. This is a long-term commitment, and it's important to take on this responsibility with the right expectations, and for the right reasons.