Pets are a vital part of our social life. Whether it is a large animal such as a donkey, pig or even some cases a cow to the smallest known animals like hamsters, rats or a goldfish, they are our loving, caring, non-human companions. This is why picking one presents a very life changing decision for you.
Are you a person who likes the company of pets with a contained environment like fish, reptiles or hamsters. How about something small enough for you to hold close to you like a classic tabby cat and the goofy looking boston terriers. How about a huge type of pet like the mastiff or a goat (they are getting more popular by the day).
Studies have shown that the pretty Betta fish are a good starting point for kids and people who are interested in getting a fish. They are a colorful and fun looking, and only need standard tanks and a daily feeding; this provides a practice for anyone who would like to own a fish. The only downside is that they can be aggressive if males interact with other males, so remember to keep them separated.
Another great pet would be the guinea pig. Guinea pigs are a fun bunch to play with if you’re the active type. Guinea pigs can do tricks and are very expressive with their owners showing if they’re sad, mad, or happy. They like to roam freely in a safe space free of predators, with of course a companion to boot. However, you could also do well with a hamster if you don’t like the zoomy type of pet. They live in small containers and are not as active during the day, however they are good for people who are busy during the day and require low maintenance. The only downside is that they can be really active during the night, so keep that in mind if you are not a night person.
If you are interested in feathers and you are crazy enough for a whole lot of SQUEAKS and chirps, then studies have shown a bird called the parakeet is right for you. Similar to guinea pigs, they are very sociable creatures who love to hangout with their owners and can do some very neat tricks. They should live in a cage where their feathers aren’t touching the ground, but you can also take them out of the cages and interact with them if you want.
Dogs and cats though… does it get much simpler than that? There are many types of dog breeds in the world, but I would recommend a medium size dog. “I prefer medium size dogs personally, it’s the perfect size for me to handle,” said of my colleagues. Dogs are very sociable pets that need a lot of care and attention; parents it’s a great starting point for your kid to learn responsibility especially for when he is ready to leave the house and take on his own path. It can serve as a ‘testing the waters’ type of situation, to see if he or she is ready to handle the responsibility of a pet. As for cats, they are more independent and don’t need as much attention. They act more like teens in my opinion; sleepy, grumpy, very picky eaters and always having that look like they are disappointed with every decision you make, but I’m not going to stop you if you like those feisty hairballs.
All and all, pets can and should be a huge part in your life, teaching you how to be responsible or just play and have a good time with them. May it be a slippery water breathing fellow, a small yet fuzzy guy to play with, feathery friends that are perfect for conversation, and of course our 4 legged companions. They are our light, in a very grey and chaotic world.