Pet ownership has mushroomed over the last year, as many homeowners working remotely or overseeing school-age children's online studies acquire pets for an enriched home experience. Single people in particular may find a pet takes the place of some of the lost social life that sheltering in place has required. At the same time, couples and families discover that a pet may strengthen the bonds between them.
If you're looking at Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale, and you have a pet or are looking to acquire one, you may want to talk to our REALTORS® about their recommendations for homes that will fit the requirements of your pet.
Following are some things to think about before you launch into pet ownership.
The Best Pet for You
Dogs are generally regarded as the most popular pet choice. They are great companions, and their need for exercise will keep you moving. But do your research if you don't know much about dogs. Some have more rigorous exercise needs than others, and some will need a backyard to run around in. (Do not plan to leave your dog in the backyard for long periods alone — that's a prescription for excessive barking that will annoy your neighbors.) If you're satisfied with a small dog, you won't need to worry much about space. If you have children, be sure to check out the temperament of the dog and how well it does around small people. Canines, depending on the breed, can live from 10-12 years (large breeds), and 15-18 years (small breeds). Make sure you're up to that commitment.
Cats are compact animals that fit well in apartments, condos, townhomes, or spacious homes. You may choose between long-haired and short-haired breeds. The long-haired breeds will need brushing to avoid matting. Cats are generally fine being left alone all day, but even they need companionship at times. Cats can live on average from 12-18 years. Again, don't acquire one unless you're in it for the long haul.
Birds are nice companion animals, but some have stronger social needs than others. Canaries, for instance, are generally fine in a cage alone. Parrots don't generally like being left alone for long periods; if you have to be away all day, you might consider getting two. Finches like to be paired, as do love birds. Regardless of the species you get, be aware there will be a mess that needs to be cleaned frequently to keep the bird in good health. They will throw seed on the floor, and you'll need to change the cage liners and clean the perches frequently. The cages should be large enough so the birds can move about. Canaries in particular need room to fly around.
- All the Rest
It's wise to do your research about the needs of all these types of creatures. For instance, hamsters are nocturnal and need low light and quiet in the day so they can rest properly. Make sure that you can provide your pet with as much room as you can, feed it a veterinarian-recommended food, as well as offer chances for stimulation through toys and play.
Our real estate agents can advise you about choosing homes that meet your pets' needs and yours. Contact us today.