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A pet is an animal that is very beneficial to its owner. There’s even now a type of treatment called pet therapy. I myself have a pet dog and since having it, many things in my household have changed for the better. Below are 3 things why owning a pet will positively affect your life.
Firstly, a pet like any other animal needs to eat and shit. They have a daily schedule that needs to be attended to. Like for example, my pet dog eats 2 meals a day, once in the morning and once in the night. He gets his shower on Saturdays. So, caring for a pet actually encourages nurturance, responsibility and adherence to a daily schedule. This is especially a solid reason for you to convince your parent to get that pet you’ve been wanting.
Secondly, pets improve a person’s mood. No matter how angry, sad or stressed out you may be, spending time with your pet will put your focus and attention on it. There are actually 2 things that can suddenly improve your mood. One is a pet and the other is a baby. In this case, adopting a pet is easily more attainable than a baby.
Lastly, the third reason why you should own a pet is for accompaniment. This is especially beneficial to the elderly. Pets make you feel accepted every time. For example, my pet dog is usually left hanging around alone in the compound of my house. Even if you leave him alone the whole day, he will still come and lick me whenever I’m around. If that’s not love, then I don’t know what is. Pets are also good listeners. Sharing your burden with it helps to alleviate your mind and put you at peace.
Below is a list of the top 10 pets that are adoptable. If you are still petless, you may want to consider adopting one of the below.
- Hamsters / Gerbils / Guinea Pigs
- Tortoise / Terrapins
- Sugar Gliders
- Ground Squirrels
The man’s best friend is a highly social animal. They are trainable and playful at the same time. The loyalty and devotion that dogs demonstrate as part of their natural instincts as pack animals closely mimics the human idea of love and friendship which leads many dog owners to view their pets as full-fledged family members. The eagerness to please and worshiping their owners in return for a little food and attention alone is enough be included as a family member.
Cats are vain, fastidious and proud domestic animals. Having a cat curled up on your lap hits you with a sense of calm. A cat does as it pleases and it is actually an honor when you are chosen as a cat’s friend. More often than not, cats express affection to their owners only if they are already in its memory at a very young age and are treated with consistent affection.
Ferrets are energetic, curious, interested in their surroundings, and have an endearing behaviour to seek to play with humans. Ferrets sleep for 16 hours day and are usually most active during dusk and dawn. However, they are very active when awake and will seek to be released from their cage to exercise and satisfy their abundant curiosity daily.
Due to their nesting instinct, ferrets enjoy carrying small objects to hidden locations. They also like to play tug of war with toys or stuffed animals and explore holes, pipes and enclosed areas.
Hamster – Bites and you need to work with them in order for this to stop. Hamsters prefer to be alone. These are more fun to watch playing in tubes and fancy cages.
Gerbil – Incredibly sweet but nippy at the beginning. They are great fun to watch chew up cardboard but will also chew any plastic they can get their teeth on. A mini theme park cage is a no-no. Tubes can easily become escape pods. They like attention from you and will stand up when you come around. They also enjoy coming out of their cage for some supervised time out on the couch. Oh, and they breed by the thousands!
Guinea Pig – Loving, needs and loves attention from you. Cute, friendly and easy to hold. They are bigger than hamsters and gerbils and that makes them easier to cuddle with. They are quite noisy when they want to be and they do tend to smell a bit. If I had to choose between these 3, I’d go for guinea pigs.
Terrapin – Found in most home tanks. They live mainly on land but need water to wet themselves with. They are both carnivorous and vegetarian, eating small fishes, water weeds and algae.
Tortoise – A land creature that is strictly vegetarian and hibernates through winter. Common tortoise species like the tropical tortoise does not hibernate. They make good garden pets as they eat up the weeds.
It’s most suitable for pet-loving people who don’t have enough time or money for a more interactive pet like a cat or dog. They are relatively easier to care for. Fish are colourful, intriguing and brings about a soothing presence in the room. Why do you think there is usually a fish tank in dentist offices?
While they are certainly easier to manage than dogs, they still require some attention. As they nib a lot, you may need to protect electric cords with casings or they may get fried. They require exercise to refrain from depression. An owner should be willing to pamper the rabbit with petting and play.
Parakeets are usually most active at dawn and dusk and their sweet voices are usually heard during those times. If they are kept in an aviary, these are the times they usually fly. During other parts of the day they remain relatively sedentary. They may also give a sharp high-pitched alarm call if they are startled, and also twitter cutely when they eat. Caring for a parakeet is easy.
They are small, relatively easy to care for, and have a cute appearance. They make very good social, playful and entertaining pets. Sugar gliders are fairly clean, healthy and can live up to 14 years. However, their nails are sharp and require trimming. It may be a little painful when they land on you. All sugar gliders require a proper diet or they may face a potential problem stemming from a phosphorus / calcium imbalance.
These cute and furry animals are inquisitive and very intelligent. Though they require a great deal of attention, they are relatively easy to domesticate and seem to enjoy being around humans. Ground squirrels are highly social pets. As they are susceptible to internal and external parasites, they have to visit the vet regularly. Do check whether if it is legal to own one in your state first before considering one.