How can you resist cuddling a fuzzy kitten or playing with a puppy's soft ears? Falling in love with an animal is easy, but caring for it can be challenging if you're not prepared.

How can you resist cuddling a fuzzy kitten or playing with a puppy's soft ears? Falling in love with an animal is easy, but caring for it can be challenging if you're not prepared.

Unfortunately, animal shelters and rescue organizations are filled with pets that have been surrendered by their owners because of lifestyle issues: the energetic dog that needs too much exercise, the long-haired cat that needs regular grooming, etc.

Like exercise and grooming, other breed-specific idiosyncrasies can cause the unprepared owner to give up, or in some cases inadvertently harm, their animal.

If you'd like a cuddly creature, think twice about bunnies, as most don't like to be held.

Did you know that recliners and sleeper sofas can be deadly to ferrets? Curious, with a love of squeezing into small spaces, ferrets need special supervision.

If you're thinking about adding a pet to your family, your family's lifestyle is an important consideration.

Knowing the answers to such questions as "How much time do you have to devote to an animal?" "How will a pet fit in with children?" "Do you prefer a more social or independent animal?" will go a long way toward helping you determine the animal that's right for you.

Pets are popular gifts, especially around the holidays, but gift givers are often unaware of the difficulties involved.

Planning to surprise your family -- or treat yourself -- before year's end? Part of your research should include attending Finding the Perfect Pet, a Worthington Libraries program planned on Saturday, Nov. 21.

During the session, which starts at 10 a.m. at Old Worthington Library, 820 High St., local veterinarian Dr. George Norris, founder of the Animal Hospital of Worthington, will discuss the factors to be considered when choosing furry family members.

Hillary Kline is communications specialist for Worthington Libraries.