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Thinking About Getting a Pet? Three Things to Remember

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Posted by CastleAdmin on 03/30/15

One of the many great features of Castle is that it is a pet-friendly community. Whether you are single, a couple, or a family, adding a pet to your household can bring immense joy to everyone. However, though pets make wonderful companions, they can also be a lot of work and add additional expenses. Before you consider getting a pet, there are a few things you will need to consider.

Time Commitment
In general, dogs take more of a time commitment than any other type of pet.  They need to be walked and exercised several times a day and, depending on the breed, require special handling and grooming. Golden retrievers and Labradors have a reputation as the number one dog for families with young children because of their consistently sweet temperament. But smaller breeds such as the Maltese, Shih-tzu or any breed of Terrier are known for their gentle nature and often do better in apartment homes. Regardless of what breed you choose, dogs need a lot of attention. If you work 8+ hours a day with a commute, it might be best to get a different pet – or consider a dog-walker or doggie day care such as Bark & Learn in Port Chester.

Cats require less attention and with enough toys, food, and fresh water, they can do just fine on their own for most of the day. Because they use a litter box, they do not need to go outside (in fact, they shouldn’t for a long, healthy life).

Expense
A pet is a major lifetime commitment and most people see their pets as members of the family. However owning a pet can be expensive with adoption fees, vet bills, food, grooming and all the extras. Decide whether or not it is in your current and future budget to add a pet to your home. When dogs and cats are young they need various care such as spay/neuter and every year they need vaccinations. Various medications and vet bills also go along with an aging pet.

Adoption vs. Buying
Once you have decided on the best type of pet for you, you may want to consider checking out a local animal shelter first. Adopting a pet is a fantastic way to save a life of an animal worthy of a loving home. The volunteers at the animal shelter can give you advice and help you pick out the perfect pet for your family. Of course, a pet store is also an option. The New Rochelle Humane Society is approximately 15 minutes away and has a number of animals waiting to be adopted. Other nearby options are Petco (10 Waterfront Pl, Port Chester, NY 10573) and PetSmart (421 Boston Post Rd, Port Chester, NY 10573)

With its spacious apartment units and gorgeous neighborhood with nearby hiking and walking trails, Castle is a great place to raise a pet. We welcome furry friends to our community!

 

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