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According To Research Results Which Is The Best Pet To Own.

Welcome to this blog article: According To Research Results Which Is The Best Pet To Own. Birds-Cats-Dogs?According to the latest research carried out in the UK, there are approximately 51 million pets in homes all over the country and is increasing year on year!

If you are considering owning a pet but can’t decide which type of pet is for you, then you’ve have come to the right place for helpful advice, facts and plenty of pictures. Ultimately your choice of pet is going to be based on which pet type suits your personality and needs, but most importantly, your lifestyle. For instance, it wouldn’t be any good if you decided on a cat or dog as your choice of a pet, but you work away from home all week with no-one available to look after the pet’s needs while your away.

Not all animals are suitable for everyone so let’s go through some questions to find out which animals suit which lifestyle situations. This will then narrow down the search to finally leave us with just a couple of choices. This could be a colourful and chatty parrot or perhaps a furry feline or could it be a bouncy boxer dog? Whichever is chosen by you the one thing ultimately to remember in your search is ( research is everything ) but before we start I will include this link:

Birds:
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Colourful toucan

We have always had a fascination for birds throughout the centuries, and either someone in your family owns one, or you have a friend that has one either in a cage inside their home or housed in an aviary outside with others. They can make superb companion pets, and there is an enormous amount of bird clubs as well as shows in the Uk, as a hobby, it can only be described as thriving, and there is most probably a bird club within a few miles of your home address such as the popularity of birds.

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Budgies interacting.
Appearance

Birds come in all shapes and sizes as well as colours, and they range from a finch with a wingspan of fewer than two inches to a macaw with an enormous wingspan of four feet, feather colours range from the yellows, greens and greys to some very unusual colour combinations due to hobbyist and selective breeding.

Personalities

Here again just as their appearance can vary widely between species so can their characters, a lot of advice on the internet seems to suggest starting with buggies and gaining experience with their care before thinking about moving up to the larger birds such as parrots. Still, we must remember that even the smaller bird species require just as much care and attention from a responsible pet owner, so that said, parakeets usually are friendly and easy to train when acquired as youngsters and cockatiels are active and generally quite cheerful.

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cheerful young cockatiel

The larger birds such as conures, African greys, cockatoo’s and macaws have unique personalities. They will demand more time and attention as well as effort to ensure their behavioural and social needs are taken care of and met, younger birds before they have a chance to pick up any bad habits are easier to train than older birds that may have bad habits that are firmly entrenched in their behaviour.

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lovebirds feeding on owners hand.
Companionship

Research shows that not only are birds pleasing to look at but they also make great companions and some have a Beautifull song, I have a couple of canaries myself and to listen to them on a bright sunny day is a delight. Birds can be very entertaining and can be trained to feed on your hand, as well as to interact with us; some birds can also be trained to talk.

One thing to mention that I found while researching this blog article is the fact that it’s not a good idea to subject a companion bird to prolonged stroking and handling as this could initiate abnormal behaviour from the bird such as excessive egg laying, self-stimulation, and aggression. Some bird types do well when there is just one of them, which makes them more amenable to training, whereas others like finches need to be kept in small groups. Parakeets are perfectly fine kept singly or in small groups in an aviary.

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Gouldian finches
Pet birds lifespan

Whenever you think about owning and caring for a pet its good to know how long that particular pet type usually is going to live and birds are no exception research has shown, it’s surprising how long a bird can live for with macaws and cockatoo’s living between twenty to one hundred years of age! Parakeets are documented as living up to six years, but some have lived for twenty years, and cockatiels life span is sixteen years on average, but there have been instances of some living for more than thirty years.

Bird ownership preparation

If you are considering choosing a bird or birds as your ideal pet then there are many blog articles online specifically for particular types of birds as well as many forums that you can join to enhance your knowledge of your chosen kind of pet, All species of birds big or small need a balanced diet and just feeding seeds out of a box bought from the local supermarket is not enough to maintain a healthy and happy bird, again this is where research is needed because every species will have different requirements, if you are in any doubt then your veterinary practice will be able to give you all the help and advice that you need.

Cats/kittens
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Basket of cute kittens.

Cats can be relaxing and incredibly affectionate, who can resist the nudges and purring that you get from a cuddly feline? Research has shown that animal behavioural experts think that cats, as well as being affectionate, can sense our mood. Careful consideration must be given when considering if a cat is right for you, cats are a very independent animal (it’s in their nature ), but that doesn’t mean to say you can leave cats to their own devices for long periods!

If you leave a cat for long periods during the day, you may find that they become destructive or even aggressive, while in the case of an outdoor cat it could quite simply walk away to a household that is showing it more interest than you are!

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Time for a rest.
Who is going to care for your cat?

Some things to consider if you do decide that a cat is for you.

  • Ultimately the responsibility of the cat’s welfare starts and ends with you!
  • You are responsible for the cats physical and mental health along with the cat’s food, exercise, and shelter for the whole of its life.
  • If you involve children in the daily care of your cat, they should always have adult supervision.
  • You should always without exception have an emergency plan in place so that if there is an emergency, people know who to call and what actions to take.
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    Exploring.
Will a cat fit in with your busy lifestyle?

Cats are brilliant at adapting to all kinds of home environments providing they have suitable accommodation, exercise, grooming, and good quality food supplied, some more questions to think about are:

  • Do you have the time in your busy life to take care of your cats care and attention?
  • Is your home rented and if so are there any exclusions in the lease prohibiting particular pets and/or types?
  • Don’t forget that a cat loves to climb and explore as well as play and scratching, it’s their normal behaviour and you will need things like scratching post and such like toys if you want to save your furniture and rugs.
  • How long are you usually away from your home each working day? And does your job require that you stay away from home at all? What about when you have finished your working day, is there anything else that keeps you away from your home?
  • Do you have any other pets in the home and if so will they get along?
  • Allergies are something else to consider, research has shown that there is no such thing as an allergy-free cat or dog, but there are some breeds with fewer allergens than others.
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Relaxing in the garden.
Which to choose Adult cat or kitten?

While kittens are adorable to look at and play with they are going to take time to litter train and socialise ( although I will add that I have found kittens easier to train than puppies regarding litter trays ) kittens will need feeding and supervision more often than fully grown cats, if a kitten is not for you. Still, a fully grown cat could be then, there are numerous cat rescue/shelter agencies in the UK, and most of their cats would have been studied to determine their natures, as well as their health and will only be too willing to help and advise you regarding choices.

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Lazy days.
Can you afford to own a cat?

Depending on the breed chosen prices can vary from just a few pounds to a few thousand pounds and you will have to do plenty of research to find out the traits and mannerisms along with what health implications are associated with a particular breed before coming to your breed choice which you feel is right for you.

Once your choice is made you then have to consider the cost of the best quality cat food that you can realistically provide without it becoming a drain on resources as well as the regular visits to the veterinary clinic for checkups and booster shots etc., there’s also the cost of spaying or neutering. Along with the cats/kittens toys, treats and grooming, and pet insurance today is a must as veterinary costs can run into thousands, without it the law of averages will be against you regarding sadness due to injury.

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Snooze time.
Where do I buy a cat?

This is where the research becomes even more, critical and I can’t stress this enough ( research is everything ) Cats and kittens must only be purchased from reputable breeders ( and there are many in the UK ) you will find that the majority of breeders advertise on pet classified advertising websites hosted on the internet and there are some well-established ones as well as our one which I shall put a link here for you:  https://www.pets4uk.co.uk

Along with the last link, I will also include this link which will also be very useful:

If you have decided that an older cat is your preference rather than finding the time to train a kitten and all that it involves then you may find a few older cats available on the pets classified Ad’s websites. Still, the best place to look would be cat rehoming/rescue centres. With a little research on the internet, you will find that there are many with some being immediately recognisable throughout the country. Here I will include links to just a couple for you:

https://www.cats.org.uk/

https://www.battersea.org.uk/cats

Looking for a healthy cat.

When you’re with a cat or kittens, the things to look for are:

  • Eyes that are clear and shine.
  • A soft unmatted coat that shines.
  • The body is not skinny, nor is it too fat.
  • No sign of diarrhoea or nasal discharge.

Choose a cat that is inquisitive, active and is seeking you out, but bear in mind that some cats are not as comfortable meeting strangers. However, if quiet and reserved this shouldn’t detract you from choosing one of them as your general health checks would confirm to you whether this kitty was a viable choice, so as well as your internet research you’re combining it with actual physical research which helps to give you the best chance of a fit and healthy cat or kitten. An adult cat should allow you to handle it with no fuss or hissing, gently talk to the cat as you pet it to reassure it that you care about what you do.

When handling a kitten, it should be relaxed and comfortable with you if the breeder has begun training to socialise the kitty ( which by the time the kitten is ready for a new home should have been done if the breeder is a responsible one ).

If you have any doubts what so ever either before you start your search, during or after then your veterinary clinic more often than not, will only be too willing to offer help and advice.

Bringing your cat or kitten home.

Have everything ready for your cat/kitten before bringing them home, and this will include making sure that its place to sleep is ready ( preferably away from foot traffic and draughts ) the litter box should be prepared and readily available along with food and water, keep all your kitchen cleaners and anything else toxic to pets out of reach preferably in cupboards.

Windows and doors will need to be kept closed for the first few days allowing your kitty to become acclimatised with its surroundings ( but if you have window mechanisms which will enable fresh air with just a small opening then this is fine as long as the opening cant allow kitty to escape ). And your new kitty needs to know that this is now their home.

Dogs/Puppies
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trolley of puppies.
Ok, what’s so special about dogs then?

First of all, let’s think about dogs that are put into animal rescue/rehoming centres, one of the main reasons ( according to research ) that this is happening is because we expect too much from them. When they then don’t live up to our expectations many of them get put into these centres, I find this disgraceful, and it makes me think that more than ever people need to do their research and ask questions of themselves starting with, why they want a dog or puppy! But enough of this as it is such a deep and complex problem and would take a book to understand it.

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A delightful puppy.

We all know the saying that a dog is a mans ( woman’s ) best friend and how true that is with dogs being used by the police, military, mountain rescue, security as well as the many deployed at airports and borders all over the world to name a few. Dogs have always been by our sides for thousands of years; they are affectionate, friendly, as well as entertaining and seem to enjoy working extraordinary jobs.

Which dog is for me?

Over many years dogs have been selectively bred for different temperaments, behavioural traits, sizes and colours, according to some research the size of the dog dictates a dogs lifespan with smaller dogs living longer than the larger dogs? But I’m not so sure myself as I am more inclined to believe that a lot of it depends on the dog’s ancestry and if any medical conditions have been inherited such as the breathing complications that French and English bulldogs have today, as well as the problems we cause by unwittingly feeding treats that are unhealthy.

What are the dogs needs?

Each dog is different, and each breed of dog is different in their dietary needs, health care needs, as well as training and exercise needs and it is wise to carry out your research into what the individual dog’s needs are before you either purchase a puppy or re-home one from a rescue centre. Some may require more training than others while some may require more training and exercise, if you are in any doubt or you have any concerns your local veterinary practice is a good source of information and help, you just have to ask.

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Cooling Off.

Adding a dog or puppy to your family is a big commitment, and you need to make sure that it has the blessing of everyone in your family, have you all sat down together and discussed all the good and not so good points on having a dog in your home? this is a huge commitment that your thinking of taking on and some of the things you need to consider and get right before you bring a dog home are:

  • Are you all in agreement about bringing a new member into the family?
  • Who is going to be the main care provider?
  • Who is going to share the tasks of feeding, and cleaning up the odd accident while training ( because a puppy takes time to have full control of its bladder etc. and accidents will happen! )
  • Where will the dog sleep?
  • Are any rooms out of bounds during the training period?

Everyone in the family needs to know the house rules and what their part in having a dog is, this will save arguments and quarrels at a later date due to conflicting ideas on how to look after a dog. Get everything ready and in place, before the dog is brought home such as food and water bowls, a stock of food, a training crate with a soft blanket or dog bed, a few toys collar and lead, cleaning products and wipes etc., and baby gates for door openings of rooms that you don’t want the dog to enter but allows the door to still be opened.

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Water, don’t you just love it.
Dog proof!

Make sure that anything and everything that can be harmful to your dog or that you don’t want them to get to is either shut away or they are not able to get at because believe me they will try and chew that hat sitting on the chair or key fob that didn’t get picked up, and with a Mercedes key fob costing £500 or more it’s going to cause some stress! Normally people pick the kitchen to locate the dogs sleeping crate in as kitchens are usually the easiest places to keep clean, choose a corner or area where there is little foot traffic and no draughts to put the sleeping crate.

Here we have a very useful link for you:

https://www.blogs4pets.com/hypoallergenic-cats-dogs-for-allergy-sufferers/

This blog article concentrated on the three main pet groups because otherwise, the blog article would have needed to be a book. So we hope you enjoyed this brief article on a few of the UK’s favourite pets.

Here is a useful link for people interested in horses and their care: