50 Blogs with Tips for Caring for Household Pets

Guest post from FindANanny.net

Are you considering getting a family pet? Before making any commitments, it’s important to do some research to determine the type of pet that will be best for your family and your living situation. While pets can be wonderful companions for children, caring for them does require work, and it’s important to have a realistic view of who will actually be doing that work. Everyone in the family will need to be willing to pitch in and help out with pet care. These 50 blogs will give you the tips you need for caring for your household pets.

Choosing the Right Pet

You know you want a pet, but how do you know what type of pet to choose? Research is key to making an educated decision about the type of pet that is best for your family. Ask yourself who will be taking care of the pet, how much time and money you have to invest in one and if you have the resources to support the pet as it grows. It’s also important to consider what your family wants to get out of the pet. Are you looking for a guard dog to offer protection or a bunny to snuggle with on the floor? Keep these points in mind as you read through these 10 blogs.

Caring for Pocket Pets

A ‘pocket pet’ is a cute way of describing pets like mice, gerbils, rats, hamsters and guinea pigs. These animals are all small enough to fit in your pocket, are inexpensive and won’t take up a lot of room in your home or budget, making them a popular choice for a child’s first pet. While your younger child may be able to help care for a pocket pet, it’s always the parent’s responsibility to ensure that the pet receives the care it needs. Take a look at these 10 blogs to learn more about caring for a pocket pet.

  • Pocket Pet Pointers Take a look at this home created for pocket pets that gives the pets plenty of things to do.
  • Davenport’s Veterinarian’s Guide to Pocket Pets Read about different things you should consider before getting a pocket pet for your family.
  • Pocket Pets & Small Animals This blog supplies a list of things you should watch out for to determine if your pet may be sick.
  • What the Heck is a Pocket Pet? Find out about different pocket pets that are available and the types of cages they will need.
  • Dwarf Hamster Care—A Pocket Pet for You? Read about this small pet and how to care for it to see if this is the right pet for your family.
  • Pocket Pet Care You’ll find plenty of information regarding pocket pet care in this post.
  • Caring for Pet Mice Mice and rats are inexpensive to buy and care for and are not difficult to train, which makes them a smart choice for many families.
  • “Starter” Pets While starter pets require less care than a dog, they still require proper care. Make sure your kids understand that they need to be careful and responsible with their pet before agreeing to purchase one.
  • Pet Mice-Fancy Mice Mice are very social animals and can be trained to do simple tricks like getting a treat from your pocket.
  • Dwarf Hamster Care These common pocket pets are smaller than a regular hamster, so you need to use care when handling them so they don’t get injured.

Dog Care

Caring for a dog can be expensive and time consuming. It’s a big commitment, and one that shouldn’t be entered into lightly. Before deciding to get a dog, ask yourself and your family a few questions. Do you have the space and the time to exercise a dog? Who is going to potty train a puppy if you get one? Can you afford vet bills? Owning a dog can be a rewarding experience for you and your family, if you are ready for it. These 10 blogs will help you learn how to take care of a dog and teach the kids to care for it as well.

Cat Care

Cat people tend to enjoy the independence that this pet affords them, as cats don’t need to be walked or let outside to go to the bathroom. Cat care requires less time and effort than dog care, which make them good pets for busy people. It is important that you provide your cat with toys, food and water. You also need to make sure that your environment is safe for them to roam. For more tips on caring for cats check out these 10 blog articles.

Exotics

Caring for exotic animals like lizards, rabbits, potbelly pigs or birds can be a good learning experience for the entire family, but if you have young children you need to be careful bringing some exotic pets into your home. Some may carry germs that pose a danger to the health of children and others simply aren’t suitable pets for families with young kids. Keep these things in mind as you read these 10 blogs that provide a peek into what goes into caring for exotic pets.