Pets are not just animals that we take for granted. They provide companionship and enjoyment to people of all ages, from children to seniors. For many people, owning a pet is more than just providing a bit of companionship or having something to do when the other animals in the house get too noisy. Pets can be cherished and cared for an entire lifetime, and there are a number of things to consider when purchasing a pet from a breeder or shelter. Before you purchase your new pet you should have an idea of what type of pet you want, what kind of habitat you want the animal to be in, what you will need to care for the pet and whether or not the pet will meet all of your personality requirements.