Top 8 Best Pets to Have
Choosing a pet is a very important decision. Maybe you want to stand out with an exotic animal or maybe you just not interested in getting the stereotypical dog or cat. No matter, what you like we’ve got you covered.
In this article, we are going over the Best Pets to Have, especially for kids and families! We’ve done the hard research for you and narrowed it down to a few pets that will be sure to be a great fit for you and your family. So, let’s get started!
Starting out we have the dog. Oh, the good old dog, man’s best friend, and a great bet for most families.
Most dogs are full of energy and very loving animals. However, like any animal the dog needs to be taken got care of. So, before making any rash decisions ask yourself “Do I have time to take care of a dog?” and if you travel a lot a dog proably isn’t your best bet. Although there are dogs that are known for being better than others at thriving inside. You can read more about the best indoor breeds here.
Every dog is different and they all have different personalities. No dog is the same and it’s important to read up on the different breeds since their personalities can differ from breed to breed. Dogs are also known for being great companions and creating long-lasting bonds with their owners.
Make sure before you go and buy a dog that you read our article on the cheapest dog breeds so you don’t have to pay an arm and a leg for your new four-legged friend.
Coming in at number 2, we have the cat. Where cats differ from the dog is that they’re very independent can be left alone if you're at work all day.
Cats are very easy in general to own. There are no baths, no walking and they don't need lots of attention and as any cat lady will tell you, they like to do their own thing. Some breeds will even play around all day to entertain themself.
However, like dogs, if you like to travel often and have nobody to take care of your cat you should reconsider getting a cat.
The fish is the perfect pet for any family. It's great for kids and they love fish! Kids find fish extremely fascinating and can look at them for long periods at a time.
Fish are also fun since you get to choose from thousands of different fish in different colors and swimming patterns. They're also quiet and doesn’t require a lot of space. But like any pet, they still crave attention and some fish need more than others.
Oh yeah, we almost forgot! Like the other pets on the list, a fish still comes with responsibilities and they need to be taken care of. This includes feeding them daily and cleaning their fishtanks every 1-2 weeks. Although, the cleaning is dependent on what type of fish you have.
Third, on the list, we have the lizard. A reptile that comes with 6000 different species (Yes, there is quite the options).
Lizards are very fascinating and beautiful with their colored scale. They require fairly basic responsibilities and requirements and are extremely gentle pets.
Since there are many different lizards make sure to do your research. Here are 4 things to consider:
- You should carefully consider if you're ready to make a long-term commitment.
- Even though lizards may seem in-expensive first hand, they can turn out to be quite the investment after taking a look at the equipment to take care of the lizard.
- Research how big your lizard will grow since those small-scaled cuties can turn really big as adults.
- It's important to note that reptiles like Lizards can carry salmonella. Therefore it's important to research the risks involved and how to minimize the chances of being infected.
Hamsters are cute little fellas. They're small, round, furry, and inquisitive. Sounds good, right? However, they’re easily frightened and can be very complex animals. They have a very big chance of getting injured because of their small size (and clumsiness, hehe).
Before you go out and get your own hamster make sure to be careful since hamsters can carry salmonella and seriously sicken a person who's already in a weakened immune system.
In addition, you should never buy a hamster since hamsters are known to be often abused. A recent PETA investigation of a Pennsylvania animal dealer revealed that 1000’s of hamsters are confined to extremely crowded plastic bins and stacked in shelving units like products, among many other cases of abuse.
At spot number 6, we have the bird. Birds are very intelligent and can be very affectionate in their own way. They're easier to take care of their four-legged counterparts and the feathered friend can be a great addition to any family. Like any other animal, birds have their own personalities and it highly depends on the breed. Birds come in many different colors that never fail to disappoint.
In spite of that, get ready to wake up early since birds in nature are “early birds” (no pun intended). Birds are also messy creatures that can be very noisy.
However, it isn't like this for all bird breeds. So make sure to do your research before making a purchase.
7) Guinea pig
At number 7, we have the guinea pig. Guinea pigs are another cute little round friend that in many ways reminds us of hamsters.
Guinea pigs can make great pets and live long-lived lives. Surprisingly, they can live up to 4-8 years if taken care of correctly. They’ve very distinct personalities and they’re easy to care off.
Although, it's not just pros. Guinea pigs are known to smell and pop a lot.
Fun fact: Guinea pigs can actually purr like cats.
At last, we have the rabbit. With their cute ears and twitchy nose, it's not hard to figure out why people may want a rabbit. Rabbits can make very wonderful indoor pets and they've amazing personalities but they aren't the greatest fit for kids since they're very sensitive to noise.
Rabbits can live a long life if they’re taken care of correctly with an average life expectancy of 10-12 years.
However, if you're a frequent traveler a rabbit proably won’t be your cup of tea. Rabbits get very easily stressed out when traveling and very few airlines allow rabbits to taken on-board.