I’m going to give you general characteristics of animals and people who own them. You need to know what to expect and according to that decide which pet is the best one for you. Let’s begin.
1. A Dog
Dogs are the most common pets. Lots of people love them, they are the man’s best friend and they can bring a lot of joy into your home. They also bring responsibilities.
A dog requires a lot of your time. Of course, there are breeds that need more and breeds that need less activities, but every dog needs four walks a day in order not to “do his business” on your carpet. That means that you’ll need to be home for the biggest part of the day. Working from 9 to 5 and having a dog that stays alone in the house is not a good idea.
Dogs are expensive too. Some breeds can really pack up the vet’s bill, and all of them love to chew on your stuff. If you’re a type of person who gets attached to the things in her home – a dog is not a pet for you.
People who have dogs are generally friendly and more active than those who don’t have them. A dog is a perfect pet for those who like to spend a lot of time outdoors, and for those who are looking for a companion. No one can be as happy to see you as your dog can.
To sum it all up – dogs are amazing pets, but also a big responsibility. Think very carefully and choose a breed that suits you best. Remember that dog deserves a good life and if you don’t have the time or the space for a dog – do not get a dog.
2. A Cat
Cats are known as independent and easier to maintain. They don’t need you, except when it’s time for food and they do just fine on their own.
Cats are the perfect choice for people who work a lot and still want a cuddly creature to wait for them at home. They spend most of the day sleeping and grooming themselves, and they usually don’t mind to be left alone.
Cats don’t need to go out; they can be indoors all the time. But they need a litter box which you will need to clean every day. And there are not a lot of things that smell as bad as kitty litter box.
They also leave a lot of hair and fur behind them. Not that dogs don’t do this, but cat’s hair is much lighter than dogs, which means it doesn’t really fall on the floor and stay there, but rather flies around your room.
Oh yes, and they like to scratch the furniture with their claws.
3. A Parrot
Parrots are colorful, chatty little creatures that can be a real joy or a real pain in the neck. People usually think that you don’t need to dedicate a lot of time to a parrot, but that is very wrong.
Parrots do need you. If you’re not spending a lot of time with them, they tend to get nervous and they tend to scream for attention. And I think that only a baby can scream louder than a parrot. However, they do require less time than dogs and they can be kept inside all the time.
Still, keeping a parrot in the cage all the time is not really humane. That means that you’ll either have to teach the parrot to behave outside the cage and to return to it later, or to clip its wings, which I have to tell you I really do not support.
Parrots work best in pairs. That way they’ll always have the company of each other and you’ll need to spend less time with them. Their cages need to be cleaned at least once every couple of days. This greatly depends on how big the parrot is.
So, parrots are a good choice for working people and those who spend a lot of time at home. They can be friends, not just pets, but you’ll need to put some time and effort into making friends with them.
Larger species of parrots, like macaws live for 50 years and can live up to even 80 years. Getting them is a lifetime responsibility and you might even need to think about someone who will be taking care of them after you’re gone. A macaw can easily outlive you.
Hamsters are ideal for first time pet owners. They don’t need much of your time and they don’t require a lot of space. Still, have in mind that they are nocturnal animals, so keeping them in the room you sleep in, is not the best idea.
Hamsters only need a cage to live in, some toys and food and water. The cage should be cleaned at least once a week and padded with fresh sawdust or hay. Hamsters are ideal for people who work a lot and don’t have much time, but would still love a pet. Don’t expect them to communicate with you anyhow; you pretty much don’t exist for them.
Hamsters only live up to 3 years and their average lifespan is 1.5 years. Don’t get them if you tend to get too attached to your pets, you’ll be very sad once they’re gone. It’s also not a good idea to get a pair of hamster, because in a very short time, you will have a lot of hamsters. Hamsters breed a couple of times a year.
Fish are usually called “pets for lazy people”. I like to call them “pets for relaxed people”. Fish don’t require much effort or much time, but you can’t play with them in any way. They need aquarium with cleaning pumps and food. That’s all.
The aquarium of course needs to be cleaned every once in a while. Other than that, your only responsibility is to feed the fish once or twice a day. You don’t really have a feeling of actually having a pet, but aquariums are said to be very relaxing, so fish are ideal for people who are under a lot of stress.
This is all you need to know about 5 most common pets in the world. Do your homework and choose your pet wisely. You might be gaining a friend for life; you need to choose it in the best possible way.
Do you already have a pet? I’d like to hear why you chose exactly that one.