Becoming a Pet Owner

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Advice for choosing the right animal for your family, considering pet costs, finding a vet and investing in pet insurance.
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Thinking of adding an ?Easter Bunny?? to your family? From an early age, we see those ridiculously cute faces?nose twitching, whiskers and in some cases, irresistible floppy ears. They are just too cute. But many don?t realize how much it takes to properly care for a rabbit...
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When I adopted my first pet -- a three-month-old grey and white cat -- I took him to the vet recommended by the local animal shelter. Unfortunately, the vet's office was small and cramped and felt dirty...
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When I picked my Pug puppy out of the litter almost eleven years ago, I was certain she would be everything I wanted in a pet -- loving, obedient, cuddly and loyal. "Expensive" never entered...
Getting a pet for the first time, whether it's a puppy, kitten, lizard or a mouse, is a big decision. The Care.com Family Pet Guide helps you find the right pet for you and your family.
Choosing a Pet
If you have cat allergies, you may have given up on your hopes of being a cat owner. But abandoning your feline dreams may not be necessary. Non-shedding cats might be the solution to your problem. "There...
Did you know that cats have held elective office, inherited fortunes and become social media super stars?Here are 101 amusing cat facts that you can share with your friends and family: According to...
If you or a family member have pet allergies, you may have resigned yourself to a dog-less life. But thanks to hypoallergenic dogs, this problem can be solved. After all, these pooches are touted as the...
Financial and Legal
Health insurance, home insurance, car insurance: You pay for them to help protect your loved ones and valuable possessions. Why not do the same to protect another important member of your family -- your...
How to Choose a Pet
Thinking about adding a pooch to your family? Dogs make some of the most loyal companions. But if you have little ones running about, not all dog breeds are a good fit. We asked Dr. Nicolas Dodman,...
Pets can be an important part of family life, but knowing the right time to bring an animal into your home is tricky. To learn more about how parents can tell if their kids are ready for a pet, we talked...
We all love Hollywood. The celebrities, the outfits, the drama. But what about those animal stars? From Timmy's Lassie to Dorothy's Toto, many of our favorite movies showcase dogs with winning...
So, you finally gave in to those heartfelt pleas from your kids and are searching for a new addition to your family. Pets can be the perfect companion for both young and old, but be sure to consider every...
Thinking about getting a pet bird? Here's an overview of things to consider before making that commitment...
"There are reptile people and non-reptile people," said Susan Tellem, RN, executive director of American Tortoise Rescue...
Designer dog breeds may sound glamorous, but a "designer dog" -- or hybrid dog -- just means a dog whose parents are purebreds from two different breeds. To ensure you have true designer dog...
Does your heart grow warm at the sight of a cold-blooded animal?
Does your child prefer creepy crawly creatures over something cute and cuddly? Do things that make other people's skin crawl just melt your heart? If so...
Tips on Adopting Pets
Everyone knows the pretty Persian and magnificent Maine coon -- and you might have a beloved domestic shorthair snoozing in a patch of sun next to you right now. For some cat lovers, though, only exotic...
What's in a dog name? There are plenty of laughs -- if you decide to go in that direction when choosing one for your pup. A humorous name lets both you and your dog show off your funny bones.Here is...
Are your kids begging for a furry, four-legged friend? If so, you've probably considered adopting a dog from a shelter or rescue organization. While this can be a rewarding experience, it is also a...
Some of your fondest childhood memories probably come from playing with the family dog. Pets provide love, lower stress and teach children about responsibility and empathy. But what are some of the best...
Breeds of dogs each have their own distinctive personalities and energy levels, just like their human counterparts, so how do you pick your new pooch pal? Even if you've always dreamed of owning an...
More than just a roommate, cats are family members! If you're thinking of owning a cat, understanding the differences in cat breeds and their respective personalities ahead of time can help you make...
All dogs provide love and companionship, but some pooches are just built for warming your lap! Lap dogs are like smaller, snugglier versions of your average dog. Plus you can easily tote them around.If...
Thinking of adding an ?Easter Bunny?? to your family? From an early age, we see those ridiculously cute faces?nose twitching, whiskers and in some cases, irresistible floppy ears. They are just too cute. But many don?t realize how much it takes to properly care for a rabbit...
I once saw a sign in an animal shelter that read: "Do you love German Shepherds? Labrador Retrievers? Boxers? Get them all, Get a Mutt!" In so many ways, this sentiment proves true...
Adopting a pet is a wonderful way to share your family's love with another living being. Rescuing a cat or dog from a shelter also saves lives.But you should not take entering into pet ownership lightly....
Benefits of Owning a Pet
Forget the self-help relationship books, your horoscope and suggestions from friends. There's one person in your family who might just give the best advice on love in the business...your pet. Dogs...
Anyone who has ever looked into the eyes of a beloved pet will tell you the same thing, the wisdom of the ages seems to be reflected in that loving gaze. The animals in our lives can teach us so much...
Owning a pet is one of the best things you can do for yourself. Beyond the companionship they offer, the very act of caring for them offers its own set of rewards -- from helping with depression to decreasing...
A New Year always brings a time of renewal. Whether it's improving relationships or vowing to lose that holiday bulge, something about January kicks our tails into high gear. Believe or not, you...
Kids' lives seem simple: eat, play, sleep and go to school. But we parents know that our kids are learning tactics to be smart, confident and hard-working adults. And the pressure can be overwhelming....
Eleven years ago I got a sweet, gentle, barely four-pound, three-month-old furbaby, a Shih Tzu I named Mellie. I chose her because when I saw her face, I felt an instant infatuation and deep seated connection....
When I first brought my Shih Tzu home there was an adjustment period during which I tried to get her to stop peeing on the carpet, decode her bark and eat food without heating it up.  And even though...
Financial and Legal Advice
Like humans, pets have medical needs, a fact easily demonstrated by the billions of dollars that Americans spend on veterinary care each year. Pet insurance can help safeguard against unexpected and costly out-of-pocket medical expenses...
As I write this, the big economic news in the United States is the mortgage crisis and the thousands of home foreclosures across the nation.
Your kids have been asking for a dog for months now and you have finally started to do some research. What breed? Who will walk it? You also might be wondering, "How much does a dog cost?" When...
When I picked my Pug puppy out of the litter almost eleven years ago, I was certain she would be everything I wanted in a pet -- loving, obedient, cuddly and loyal. "Expensive" never entered...
Why do you need veterinary pet insurance? Well, technically you don't. The government isn't going to crack down on you and stick you with a tax fine for being uninsured as a pet parent. That said,...
Pet Products and Charities
What do you do with your pets when your deployed? Read on for a solution.
Anyone who's ever had the (ahem) pleasure of trying to perform a cat shampoo in a bathtub knows it's not an easy task. Most cats detest baths, and that's putting it mildly.However, sometimes...
Like most dog lovers, Nicholas Aretakis, president of PaPPI (Puppy and Pet Products International, LLC), walks his dogs for three basic reasons...
I haven't seen many photos of Paris Hilton carrying around a little dog lately, so perhaps the fad of pooches as fashion accessories has (thankfully) ended. But even if you aren?t taking your pet out for a night on the town, you may still need to get him from Point A to Point B.
Cats don't need to be trained to use a litter box...We humans are the ones who can use some training...
The Care.com Editorial Team has compiled a list of our favorite books and movies with a Pet Care theme.
Whether you are looking to adopt a pet, find a service animal, or donate or volunteer to a charity that benefits animals, the options can be overwhelming. Here, we round up some of our favorite pet and wildlife organizations...
Many Americans are jumping on the eco-friendly bandwagon, and with good reason. Never before have...
Many factors -- such as the age, weight and breed of your dog -- go into choosing the best dog food for your furry companion. But not all brands are created equal. Pet experts stress there are definitely...
With the steady rise of e-commerce, you will find pet-related products, food and toys for sale online all over the 'net. Of course, just because there's a proliferation of merchandise out there, does not mean that all of it is good quality or that the web site offers great prices or service...
After You Find a Pet
No, William Shakespeare wasn't talking about dog names when he penned the lines: "What's in a name? that which we call a rose/By any other name would smell as sweet" but your pet is part...
I always say my first child is my 9-year-old Shih Tzu. She was my first stab at raising another living thing who was completely and utterly helpless without me. She taught me patience, compromise and...
What do you do when you've hired the perfect housekeeper but she's afraid of dogs? Or, perhaps your new cleaner does a great job and offers reasonable rates but he's allergic to cats and you've got three
sitter is often tense when she walks into a new home -- especially one that has animals. Pets, who can sense that tension, might not be at ease when there's a stranger in their home. To take everyone's stress (including your own) down a few notches, make sure your sitter is comfortable with your pets, and is prepared to care for them while you're away.
Pets love routines and predictability so it's no surprise that preparations must be made when it's time to bring home baby. The following tips can help smooth the transition
Dogs have long been the storied companions of children. Many of us grew up with dogs and considered them...
Having trouble coming up with cat names? Check out this list of the 51 cutest, meow-worthy monikers: Male Names FidoMix it up and use this generic dog name for your cat! MasonAccording to...
Social Media for Pet Owners
Have you tried the animalistic side of online social networking? No, we don't mean the fact-defying Facebook and MySpace pages of people looking for dates. We're talking about pet-related social networking...
Next time you decide to log on to check your MySpace page, watch out - Fido might beat you to it...
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