Choosing the Right Pet for Your Family from Cascade Kennels

Choosing the Right Pet for Your Family

Science has proven that owning a pet is beneficial for your household. Pets can reduce stress, teach responsibility, reduce loneliness, and improve your overall quality of life. So, if you don’t already own one, now might be the time to consider getting one. There are many different types of pets a family can bring into their household, so how do you decide what pet is the right one? Here is a rundown of the most common types of pets and why you might consider each one.


Big Dogs

Dogs are one of the best pets to bring into your house. There are benefits to owning big dogs as well as small dogs. Big dogs are patient and kind while also tending to have incredible self-control. Of course,
this depends on the dog. Big dogs are also more capable of protecting the house from threats. They are also known for being much gentler and easier to train. Big dogs typically live from 10 to 13 years, so make sure you are ready for a long-term commitment.


Small Dogs

Contrary to big dogs, small dogs also have their perks as well. Small dogs take up less space and are easier to clean up after. Small dogs can be picked up more easily and transported more freely. They are easier to walk and easier to cuddle. Small dogs also take less food, water, and time to bathe and clean. Additionally, small dogs tend to live longer than large dogs, up to 16 years or more.



Cats are usually seen as the opposite of dogs, but that’s not always the case. Cats still love you unconditionally. Cats are low maintenance, meaning you don’t need to spend much time caring for them. Cleaning litterboxes and feeding are usually daily tasks required for caring for a cat. Other than that, playtime and love are the other things necessary to keep your cat happy. Cats can live from 13 to 17 years on average.



If you have young kids who want a pet and you’re not sure they’re ready for the responsibility, or maybe you want something low maintenance to take care of, a fish might be the best pet. Fish are also much
more affordable than other pets, requiring less to feed and care for. They also help teach kids responsibility and help them move on to taking care of more complex pets, like cats or dogs.



Birds, on the other hand, are much more interesting to take care of. Birds are better to own if you currently do not own another pet that will try and kill it, like a cat or a large rodent. Like fish, birds are
cheaper to take care of than cats or dogs. They can also be kept in smaller spaces, taking up less room in your house. Just keep in mind that their cages need constant cleaning, and certain birds can be pretty noisy.



Rodents are another option that could be good for families with kids. Like fish and birds, rodents like mice, rats, guinea pigs, and hamsters tend to be low-to-medium maintenance and less expensive to care for. They can also self-entertain, meaning they don’t need your constant attention.



Reptiles will be more complex pets to take care of, but the challenge comes with the reward. Reptiles require much attention, and maintaining their environment can be challenging, such as keeping tanks at the proper temperatures and humidity. However, they don’t have feathers or fur, so they are non-allergenic, perfect for people with pet allergies. Depending on the type of reptile, they may live 20 years or more.


Choosing the perfect pet for your family can come down to many factors, but whatever pet you choose, you will be gaining a new family member. At Cascade Kennels, we want to ensure your new pet is treated right. We offer many services for cats and dogs, including dog and cat boarding, grooming, training, and daycare


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