Caring for a pet is time consuming, but can be very rewarding when you take the time to get to know more about the pet you have chosen. Pet care involves so much more than just putting a bowl of food and water down or in a cage. Most animals are just naturally sociable and will get very lonely and even act out when not given proper care and attention or have enough activity and stimulation.
It is easy to think that just because you would be comfortable in a certain environment, they will be too, but that is not always the case. In order to care for a pet and for the both of you to get the most out of the relationship, whether it be a fish or a parrot, you first have to come to understand what is in their nature as far as behavior goes and what makes them comfortable with, or afraid, of you. For instance, a pet pot belly pig can’t stand to be cuddled, but can never get enough back scratching, and you have to be ready to be followed everywhere you go.
Pet care also involves knowing the dietary needs of the one depending on you, not only when or what they should be eating to keep them healthy and happy, but also something that is very important is to learn what your pet can not eat. Take dogs, for instance. Something like dark chocolate or onions will kill them. And a parrot will die very quickly if you feed it avocado or even overheat a non-stick pan on your stove. The fumes of Teflon are so toxic to birds that, as soon as the fumes enter the air, it becomes a deadly gas to parrots.
Even learning the housing needs in pet care is very important. Rats, for example, make wonderful first pets because rarely do they bite or scratch a child that is gentle, but if you house them in a wire cage it can make them really mean so knowing they are happier in an aquarium or a solid sided cage with a good, secure lid where they will feel secure and happy, will make for a safe pet. Pet care also means knowing when your pet needs to see a vet or what general health care needs you can provide your pet, and how to avoid disease.
Pet care in this area can not be neglected. You have to know how to identify parasites and know when its something that you can treat at home and how to treat theses ailments. Also, something else that is very important with some pets is a little training knowledge, this will go a long way in assuring you and your pet have a long and happy life together in order to avoid behavior problems in the future.
With just a little bit of time, getting to know all you can about the pet you have chosen to care for before you get it will pay off so much more in the long run, the knowledge is the power to extend the life of you family pet. So, take some time to get to know your friend and then you can enjoy your companion with less stress and more fun for a long time to come.