Picking a pet for you and your man

Whether the two of you just moved in together or have shared a space for a long time, adopting a pet can be a wonderful step in a relationship. Welcoming an animal into your home is an important decision, and this guide helps you pick the creature that’s just right for your lifestyle.

Couple with new dog

Choosing to adopt a pet is just as important as deciding to have a baby. Animals require love and care, so it’s important to ensure you can meet the needs of your newest family member.

A dog

Dogs have so much personality and love to share, they make a wonderful addition to any couple’s home. But they also require a lot of care and attention, so choosing a dog isn’t a decision one should make lightly. If you know that you and your man can commit to walking your pooch at least twice a day then you just might be ready to pick a dog as your pet. If it’s a puppy you’re looking for, be prepared to put in the extra time to train it for the first year.

All too often, one member of a couple has allergies to animals; or, a couple of years in, you decide to have a baby, only to discover that your little one is allergic to your pet. Fortunately, there are plenty of hypo-allergenic dogs to choose from, so you can make sure everyone is happy to have a pup in the house. If you think you’re up to the challenge, a dog will be an exciting addition to your family!

A budgie

Otherwise known as budgerigars, “budgies” are a great option for lots of couples. They are one of the most low-maintenance creatures out there. A large cage, some inexpensive food and a wee bit of love is all they need for a happy existence. And with enough food and water, they can last on their own for far longer than the majority of other pets, so there’s no need to worry when your boss asks you to stay late at work. Plus, budgies are more like humans than any other pet, because if you get one early on in its life you can train it to talk and take a bath. They’re perky, affectionate and easy to care for — what more could you ask for?

A rabbit

Rabbits are great if you want a pet but are limited on space. As long as they have a litter box and a place of their own to sleep, they will be happy. You can let a rabbit roam freely around the house, or keep it in a sizeable cage and let it out for some supervised roaming time. However, it’s important to remember that rabbits are very curious animals and they have a tendency to nibble on things. So be prepared to “bunny-proof” your home if you choose to adopt one of these adorable, furry creatures.

There’s no rush when it comes to picking the pet that’s right for you — take your time and evaluate all your options. And most importantly, get excited to welcome a loving new member into your family!

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