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Responsible pet ownership

Responsible pet ownership

  • Does the pet fit your lifestyle and family circumstances? Are you out a lot of the time or do you have young children in the household?          
  • Is your home suitable? Do you have easy access to garden areas, are you near a busy road, and is a flat suitable for the type of pet you want to keep?
  • How much is it going cost? You can budget for some items, such as the initial cost of the pet and equipment, and also ongoing costs, including food and bedding.
  • Can you afford unexpected costs, such as vets bills?
  • Are you going to insure and/or microchip your pet? Both are advisable do cost money.
  • What will happen to the pet if you are away from home, for example, on holiday?
  • Health issues - where is the nearest vet who can care for your animal? This is particularly important if you have a more unusual or exotic pet. Also, will the pet need regular vaccinations?
  • Are you planning to have your dog or cat neutered? Animal charities encourage this to reduce the number of unwanted pets. Small rodents, such as hamsters, can have 14 - 20 babies in a litter so you can have a population explosion on your hands if you don’t keep males and females apart.
  • Is your choice of pet likely to cause a nuisance to neighbours? Most of us want to get on with our neighbours - it may be worth having a chat with them before you make a final decision.
  • Are you committed to caring for your pet?

Often it is not the type of pet that will cause a nuisance to neighbours, but the way you plan to care for and control it. With regards to dogs, they cannot be:

  • Allowed to roam freely on communal areas - they must be walked on a lead.
  • Left barking in the house or garden all day causing a noise nuisance problem. You need to think through these issues before taking on an animal.