• Posted on December 14, 2016 9:09 am
    By Chris

    There are countless benefits of owning a pet. They make ideal companions and in many cases are completely devoted to their human friends. Research shows that they make us happier and help alleviate stress. But what if you lead a busy lifestyle and don’t have time to take care of them? There are several simple solutions.

    How Much Time Do You Have?

    Whether you get a pet and the type you get will depend on how busy you are. Being out of town for several days each week is one kind of busy. Staying late at the office a few nights a week is something completely different.

    Pets like dogs take a lot of looking after. They also need lots of human contact. If they don’t get this, they are likely to fret and develop destructive behavior. So if you’re away from home a lot, a dog wouldn’t be the best option for you. In these circumstances, fish may make more suitable pets, as long as you have someone who can call in and help feed them and clean their tank. You can find many varieties of fish for sale online, and they can can be delivered quickly and safely to your door. They won’t fret and become distressed if you’re away. They do still get sick, of course, but with the proper care and attention, they can live long and healthy lives.

    Another benefit to having a fish as a pet is that they don’t make a mess. They won’t wee on the kitchen floor or chew your shoes. Because their activities are confined to their tank, you won’t be confronted with a messy apartment after a long day at the office.

    Friends And Family

    All pets need some care and attention, even if it’s just feeding and cleaning their environment. Do you have friends or family who could help out if you’re busy or away? There are many professional services that provide pet sitting or dog walking if you’re away. However, if you’re away regularly, this wouldn’t be a viable option as many pets need regular human contact.


    Independent Animals

    Dogs are possibly the neediest of domestic pets. They need a significant amount of love and communication. Cats are less dependent on their owners as they do not need the same time input for walks and exercise. The most important is they have a warm place to sleep and plenty of food, with some toys they can manage their own entertainment. If they don’t have access to a cat flap to go out of doors, you will need to establish a litter box. That said, some cat breeds are quite needy and require lots of human attention. If left for long periods of time, like dogs, they tend to fret and can be destructive.

    Fish are possibly the least needy of pets and won’t fret if left alone. Small animals such as hamsters are also fairly low-maintenance. They are also nocturnal which means that they sleep during the day and their activities are confined to the nighttime. Though intelligent and social, as long as they have the right environment they keep themselves occupied. Ensure they have a wheel and plenty of toys to play with.

    It’s still possible to own a pet, even if you have a busy lifestyle. It’s just a matter of finding the right pet for you. Their health and happiness should be the first consideration. So opt for pets that won’t fret if you’re away for long periods. And for those times when you can’t get back to feed them, ensure you have a reliable friend or professional to call in

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  1. Madison

    Very interesting, thank you for sharing! There is a lot to consider when getting a pet, you are responsible for the life and health and happiness of a whole creature, and you want to make sure that duty can fit in with the rest of your life. Some people can make that commitment to a dog or cat, others can’t but like you’ve said that doesn’t rule out a pet entirely, Fish and even hamsters require less attention and are still great companions.


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