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You searched for “Pets For Sale Near Me” or “Online Pets For Sale” and ended up here because you thought about making the commitment to share your life with a pet? Then you are exactly right. If you’re still wondering what type of pet to choose when checking out our local pets for sale, we’re here to help.
Before you get a pet, you’ll want to determine what kind of pet you’re looking for, and whether or not the pet you want will fit in with your lifestyle and your environment. There are several things to consider, such as cost, living areas, the needs of the pet, as well as what you can provide in terms of time, energy, and emotional commitment.
What kind of pets for sale are available?
When you’re dealing with our website, there are any number of different pets for sale you’ll be able to choose from. But the most asked for are dogs, cats, and birds. When considering the pet you’d like, be realistic as to whether or not you’ll be able to provide for the needs of the pet.
When it comes to companionship, dogs are absolutely terrific. They are loyal, loving, protective, and entertaining. However, they are not for everyone. For example, if you’re living in an apartment on the fifteenth floor in a crowded city, you might want to think twice before taking on a Great Dane that you spotted on one of the Pets For Sale websites.
Research the different breeds
If you do decide upon a dog as a pet, it’s important to choose the right one. If you’re not able to spend a great deal of time with your dog throughout the day, you might want to choose a breed that is fairly laid-back. For example, border collies are extremely intelligent dogs but require a lot of engagement from their owners or they become destructive out of boredom. On the other hand, a small lapdog like a maltese might be just what you’re looking for.
If you’re someone who has allergies, you might look at the breeds that are hypoallergenic. They include poodles, goldendoodles, and maltese. You’ll want to stay away from breeds that shed — rottweilers, German shepherds, labrador retrievers, to name just a few.
When it comes to size, dogs run the gamut from 5 pounds to nearly 200 pounds. If you’re renting, you’ll need to check with your landlord to find out if you can have a dog and what the weight limit might be. Some landlords will not want any dogs at all on the premises, while others might have a 25-pound limit. Space is an important factor. If you’re in a small house, having a large breed, such as a Great Pyrenees, might be inconvenient.
When you’re looking at the various pets for sale, keep in mind that some of them require a great deal of exercise and choose accordingly. If you’re someone who likes to go out running, having a Labrador retriever might be a great option. On the other hand, if you enjoy sitting on the couch and just relaxing, a low energy dog might be what you’re needing.
The pets for sale in our classifieds usually run the gamut from puppies to senior citizen dogs, depending on what you need. Puppies are a lot of fun, of course, but they also require a lot of work. You need to housebreak them, keep a constant eye on them to make sure they don’t chew up something and require emergency surgery, and have a great deal of energy. On the other hand, older dogs have the advantage of already being housebroken and requiring less attention.
Dogs are great companions but some of them require constant maintenance. Goldendoodles and poodles and some of the long-haired breeds require daily brushing and monthly grooming, for example, while short-haired breeds have less intensive maintenance needs. All dogs require regular bathing and nail trims.
If dogs aren’t what you’re looking for when you’re looking for pets for sale, cats are an alternative to consider. Depending upon the breed, cats can be quite affectionate with their owners, as well as solid companions. Cats can also be destructive, however, when it comes to such areas such as sharpening their claws — but that can be remedied with either rubberized nail tips applied, or by providing scratching posts to satisfy the instinctive need cats have to shed their nails.
Even though cats might seem to need less attention than dogs, they require both mental and physical stimulation. These needs are usually satisfied by engagement with different cat toys. Cats are also nocturnal creatures — which means they are active mostly at night. So if you’re someone who likes to sleep peacefully at night, you might find yourself being woken up by your cat racing across your leg or attacking your feet when its bored.
When looking at pets for sale, birds are also one option. Before getting a bird, however, research the particular breed to determine whether it’s right for you. Some birds require constant interaction from their owners (parrots and macaws fall into this category) while some are more content to simply spend time with companions. Some of the larger birds need a great deal of attention from their owners or they’ll start to exhibit self-destructive behavior. While birds might be lovely to look at, you’ll want to spend time researching just what the intensive needs to be a bird owner might entail.
Buying from a Pet seller
This is one area where you really want to do some research before taking the first step. If the seller has a website, check the site out. Look for reviews and references from past clients. Determine what guarantees as to the health of the pet cover. Make sure the owner has all paperwork available to show health records, ownership details, and all other documentation you might need.
Anyone selling pets for sale who only will accept pre-payment and no personally handed cash should be avoided. It’s always best to use PayPal (not “Sending to a friend”) in the event that something arises and the cost of the pet needs to be refunded. Ideally, all transactions should be made in person, rather than pre-payment and having the pet delivered to your location. If an in-person sale is not possible, always ask the seller to provide you with a list of several satisfied clients prior to payment. If the seller is a professional breeder its also possible to check with the Better Business Bureau, as well as any review sites that contain testimonials from previous clients.
Don’t hesitate to check references. You’re making a big investment here when you’re getting an animal after answering a Pets For Sale advertisement and you have every right to want to make sure you won’t be disappointed when you purchase your pet. If you can’t check out the individual’s record, you should simply continue looking for your pet through someone who can provide you with the information you want.
Sharing your life with a pet can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. When you make sure that you’re dealing with someone reputable and that you’ve chosen the right pet to suit your lifestyle, years of enjoyment await you.