Does your housing arrangement limit your choice of pet? If you rent, does your landlord restrict the type or number of pets you can have? Evaluate your house and think about which animals would do well in your current living situation. A big house with a backyard might be more conducive to dog-owners. A larger dog with high energy may not be an ideal pet if you live in a small apartment. In this situation, you may do better with a laid back house cat or a cuddly hamster. If you’re considering a pet that you can keep outdoors, like a rabbit, think about winter. Do you have a place to keep an outdoor pet warm during the cold winter months?