Since early man welcomed wolf cubs into their caves, and ancient Egyptians worshipped cats as god-like beings, humans and animals have enjoyed mutually beneficial relationships. All over the world, people search out the company of animals, and Australians are no different. There are not many of us who have never had the opportunity to care for a pet. In fact, we are amongst the largest population of pet owners on the planet, with more than half our households containing at least one domestic animal.
Because pet ownership is a big responsibility it is important to think about how your lifestyle will affect your commitment to another living creature. Do you have enough room for a dog? Will a cat make your allergies flare up? Are birds too loud for your apartment? Is a fish sufficiently interactive? Once you have figured out the bets pet for you, it's time to do your research. There are numerous pet shops and animals breeders who can speak to you about the requirements for various animals.
Taking great care of your pet and making sure they are in the best possible health is not only necessary, it can also be enjoying and an opportunity for bonding. Regular vet check-ups are recommended for most animals, especially for vaccinations, immunisation boosters, and neutering. Other aspects of pet care can be as fun as they are valuable. Taking your dog, cat, or even ferret to be groomed can be a fun experience and helps to socialise your animal. Grooming includes washing, hair trimming, nail clipping, and even flea rinses in some cases. Training your pet is advisable, particularly for dog owners. Socialising your pet and teaching them to walk at heal, come when called, and sit, are basic commands that will ensure your dog is a pleasure to walk, exercise and take on outings.
The Yellow Pages has a comprehensive list of breeders and pet shops in your area.