Choosing A Pet for your New Home – What to Consider

7th May 2014 posted in Home Lifestyle

One thing a lot of first time buyers, or even renters, want to do after moving into their new home is to buy a pet. Be it a dog, cat, hamster or goldfish – a new pet can be a great addition to any family or individual’s life. However, there are still some things that need to be considered before going all out and buying that animal, whether it’s Gary the Great Dane or Gordon the Guinea Pig.

The Contract

If you lease or rent a property, then your contract may not allow you to have pets and so may not be possible to get a pet for your new home. Landlords are very wary of animals living in their properties and understandably so.

Animals smell, they can destroy furniture and floors and they may not be suited to the particular type of home. Before buying a pet, it is crucial that you check it it with your landlord first. It’s always worth asking the question, no matter what your contract says – after all, the worst thing they can say is ‘no’.

If you do decide to get a pet without telling your landlord, then you can end up in serious trouble. It may mean that your contract is breached, you may have to get rid of the animal and ultimately you may have to move out and will lose your deposit.

Space for Living

This really depends on the pet. While a goldfish isn’t going to take up a lot of room, an Irish wolfhound will. Even if you own the home yourself, you still need to consider the animal and its needs. A large dog is probably not practical for a two bed apartment on the fifth floor; however a small dog or a cat may be fine.

Each situation is dependent on a range of variables and should be decided on its own merit. Choose an animal that will be happy and comfortable living in your property, and you should have no real problems.

Pet Health

Some animals need more space than others. Larger or more active dogs will need room to run about and play in, or even just to use the toilet. Dogs need plenty of exercise and if pent up all day it can cause all sorts of problems. If you’re property doesn’t have a garden, then buying a dog may not be the right decision.

It is important to be able to provide your pets with the simple necessities. For example, people that work long hours may find that there is simply not enough room in their house to leave a dog for a whole day, and if you own a cat, being stuck in an apartment for hours could really upset it – make sure to consider these things first.


Some animals love to climb on furniture and no matter how strict you are, you may end up with tears in the couch, or marks on the floor. The reality of having an animal in a home is that they are going to make a mess at one time or another, whether they are ill, acting up or just badly behaved.

Understanding that such issues may occur is something of a necessity if you have just moved into a brand new home. The last thing you want is to buy a brand new set of furniture, only to have it destroyed within the first few months of moving in.

Before making any rash decisions when it comes to buying a pet, make sure you have considered the wellbeing of the animal as well as your own happiness – is your property and lifestyle suitable? Make a slow and informed decision before jumping straight in and buying a whole litter of puppies, however cute they may be.

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