For as many proven benefits as there are to pet ownership, there can be just as many drawbacks if you're not prepared for them. Take our quick quiz to help find the right pet for you and your family.
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Check with your landlord to learn whether he allows pets. If so, he might ask for a separate deposit or charge an extra fee per month. Keep in mind that from here on out, you'll need to make sure any place you're renting allows pets.