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Choosing a pet for a single person: the best choice for your lifestyle (Part 1)

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What is the best pet for you, a single person living alone, to enrich your daily life? In this article, “Choosing a Pet for a Loner: The Best Option for Your Lifestyle,” we explore the key to finding the best pet for you, taking into account your lifestyle, living environment, and time constraints. Together, we will explore how to maximize the endless benefits of living with a pet while taking advantage of the freedom and independence unique to living alone. You will find this article helpful in your journey to find new sources of joy and healing in your daily life.

Understand your own lifestyle

For you living alone, pets are more than just animals. They are a source of daily joy and a faithful friend. However, choosing a pet for a single person requires careful consideration of your lifestyle and the needs of your pet. In this section, we will walk you through the steps to choosing the best pet for a single person.

Consult with your lifestyle

Busy Lives and Pet Time: With your busy work and hobbies, how much time do you get to spend with your pets? Social animals such as dogs and cats require a lot of attention and exercise. In contrast, fish and reptiles require relatively little care.

Consider frequency of travel: If you travel a lot, you will need to plan who will care for your pets and how they will be kept. Consider pet care options while traveling.

Reviewing and Considering the Living Environment

Pet Friendly Housing: Does the apartment or condo you live in allow pets? Consider that certain restrictions may apply to certain types of pets.

Available Space: Large dogs require a lot of space, while cats and small animals can live comfortably in limited spaces. Consider the space available in your home and choose an appropriate pet.

Know your pet’s type and characteristics

When choosing a pet, it is very important to understand the diverse species and their characteristics. In order to choose the right pet for a single person, you need to consider the basic characteristics of each species, the essentials of care, and how each pet will fit into your life.


Characteristics: Loyal, social, active.

Care requirements: Requires regular exercise, socialization, and training.

Suitability for one-person households: best if you can devote time and energy to your pet


Characteristics: Independent and adaptable.

Care requirements: regular grooming, proper litter training.

Suitability for living alone: Independent nature makes them suitable for living alone.


Characteristics: vibrant colors, purring, social nature.

Care essentials: safe flying space, social interaction.

One-person suitability: suitable for small spaces, builds strong bonds with keepers.


Characteristics: Quiet and relaxing.

Care essentials: aquarium cleaning and water quality control.

Suitability for single occupancy: Requires little care and provides a peaceful environment.

Small animals (hamsters, rabbits, etc.)

Characteristics: Small and relatively easy to care for.

Care essentials: regular cage cleaning, proper diet.

Suitability for single occupancy: can be kept in a small space, limited time for care.


In choosing a pet, it is important to consider your lifestyle, your living environment, and the amount of time you will spend caring for it. These factors will help you choose the best pet for you. Pets not only enrich your life, they require a long-term commitment.

Budgeting and Responsibilities Owning a pet involves both a financial commitment and a long-term responsibility. This section details budget planning and the responsibilities associated with single-pet ownership. Initial Costs – Summary: The cost of purchasing or adopting a pet and the supplies needed (bed, feeding container, leash, etc.). – Description: For dogs and cats, initial expenses include the cost of adopting from a breeder or shelter. A certain budget must also be set aside for initial equipment. Ongoing Expenses – Description: Food, medical care, grooming, pet insurance. – Description: Regular feedings and veterinarian visits are important expenses over the life of your pet. It is important to include these in your budget planning. Long-Term Responsibilities – Summary: Your pet’s longevity, daily care, and emergency preparedness. – Description: Pets require long-term love and care. Therefore, it is important to understand your long-term responsibilities before adopting a pet. Budgeting and Planning – Summary: Setting a monthly pet budget, emergency savings. – Description: If you live alone, it is important to plan a well-defined budget for your pet to account for unexpected expenses. Summary Owning a pet involves a loving relationship as well as financial commitment and responsibility. Be prepared to welcome your pet with a budget plan and long-term care considerations.

To be continued in the next issue.