When it comes to deciding what kind of pet is right for you there are a number of things which you should take into consideration.
Firstly, your living circumstances and the people who you cohabit with will largely dictate what kind of animal is suitable. For example, if you have a very young family, a large dog my not be appropriate, or if you have a toddler, a cat could possibly be scared by noise. For those with young children it may be a good idea to wait until they are a little older before choosing to get a pet.
When you feel that your children are old enough to look after an animal properly, it is a good idea to start with something small such as a hamster, rabbit or Guinea pig as they do not need much attention and can be keep outdoors if need be. Please remember that small animals like this prefer to be kept in groups so it is wise yo have at least two.
The size of your house and garden also dictates what kind of animal is best for you. If you are in a small flat near a main road, it is probably not a good idea to get cats as they like to wander and will not appreciate being cooped up in a small room if they can not go outside.
One other major thing to bare in mind is that if you opt for a dog, you are committing to take it for a walk at least twice a day for the rest of its life. Getting a pet is no small commitment and it needs to be thought about very carefully.
Suitable For: People with quite a lot of spare time on their hands who like walking a being out side.
Not Suitable For: Those with very young families or elderly people who struggle to get about.
Suitable For: Families with children over 8, working people and elderly people.
Not Suitable For: Those with very young children and those in small accommodation.
Hamsters, & Rabbits
Suitable For: Families of all ages.
Not Suitable For: People with no outside space.
Suitable For: Just about anybody.
There are of course, more exotic pets that you could consider such as parrots, turtles, snakes and rodents, although these will require a lot more attention so you should read up fully to learn everything there is to know before you decide on one of these.
Keeping a pet does not just take up a lot of your time, it can also eat up a lot of your money, so you need to be sure that it is exactly what you want before you do.