How to Choose the Right Pet

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Welcoming a pet into your family is a life-changing decision and one that needs a lot of careful planning.

You should discuss the decision with everyone in your household before bringing home a four-legged friend, especially if it’s a dog or cat that will need lots of love, care and attention every day.

Some pets can live up to 20 years or more, so you need to think long beyond the fun and cuteness of the puppy or kitten stage.

City Livestock has a wide range of pet products and supplies for your Perth animals both big and small, from dogs and cats to birds, fish and horses. So we’ve put together a guide to help you choose the right pet for you and your family.


Consider the space you live in. If you have a large rural property with lots of space to roam, a horse or dog might be ideal for you. If you’re living in a small rental unit in the city, a pet fish or bird might be a better option. Remember if you are renting or have a body corporate, be sure to check the rules before purchasing a pet.


Some pets are expensive to buy or adopt, but the costs don’t end when you bring them home. You’ll need to think about animal vaccinations, housing and bedding, veterinary check ups, microchipping and pet registration, pet insurance, pet food, and pet products like toys, collars, grooming supplies, flea and worm treatments and more. You’ll find all the pet products you need right here in Perth at City Livestock.


If you’re looking for a new pet, you might like to consider adoption. There are some great animal refuge and pet adoption programs available with rescued pets that are already vet checked and waiting for a home. You could be making a life-long friend and saving a life.


When deciding which pet is right for you, you need to consider your lifestyle and the time you have to devote to caring for your pet. Dogs and cats especially need feeding, exercise, playtime, affection and possibly training. Young animals such as puppies and kittens need extra time and care too, for toilet training and quite possibly some sleepless nights of crying until they feel at ease. If you go away, will you have someone available to care for them? Or will you need to arrange a kennel stay – and that means making sure vaccines are up to date. Decide how much time you have to spare caring for your new friend. Remember they rely on you for everything.

There is a lot to think about when you welcome a new pet into your family. When you’re ready to make the big decision, we’re here to help with all the pet products, pet food, animals supplies and friendly local knowledge you will need to keep your pet healthy and happy. Contact us to learn more.

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