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Are you considering adding a furry member to your family? Having a pet can be a great joy to the whole family and especially children who can learn a lot about responsibility, but you need to evaluate many things before deciding whether a pet would fit in to your lifestyle.

First of all you need to get the opinion of all family members on having a pet and the responsibilities that it entails. Are they agreeable to having a litter box or living with pet hair?

Do you have enough space in your house and garden and if you are living in a rented property check if there are any restrictions on having a pet.

How much free time do you have to spend on your pet? Some pets like dogs need more time allocated to them as they need to be walked daily and the house will need to be cleaned more often.

How much money can you spend on the pet including food, medicine, grooming and any other emergency which may arise?

If you have to travel is there anyone who can take care of your pet while you are away?