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To Pet Or Not To Pet?
They can be large and furry, small and fluffy, rough and scaly, and soft and feathery.
There's even the ones that are slippery and floppy, but in that case, they should
be returned to their tanks as soon as possible! Oh the wonderful world of pets. I'm
willing to bet that more than half the country has either had or currently have their
fair share of animals wandering around the house, leaping around in their cages, or
swimming inside their watery glass. Sure, to some people they're just animals they've
come to adopt against their will, but to so many others, they're more than mere animals.
To them, they are members of the family, worthy of the utmost care and love like their
own flesh and blood. It's no mistaking that for millions of people around the world,
their animals have their hearts.
Okay, so it's pretty obvious to a good number of people that pets can really turn
their worlds around for the good if they let it. Sure, for some people that experience
may be a negative one, but for others, it's an adventure waiting to happen. These
are the sort who are thinking, "Yes! It's time to jump in and get a pet!" But then
there's another issue to be solved for them. After all, having an animal in the house
can be a pretty big deal, especially for people who have never tried it before and
who are very curious which route to go. In fact, it can be a good possibility that
some of those aforementioned individuals may be staring at their monitors this very
moment thinking, "Hmm, well, it'd be nice to have a pet, but I have kids at home!
Will my world come tumbling down if I choose the wrong kind of animal to be around
Now I'm no Dr. Doolittle by any means. I am certainly not declaring superiority of
being the ultimate person to have the final say on what kind of critter would be best
for households, whether there are kids or there aren't. Like people, animals have
unique and personable characteristics. I mean, it certainly wouldn't be fair to say
that every two people are exactly the same in this world, and the same should be applied
to animals. What I can say is, generally speaking of course, that certain species
have their strengths and weaknesses. A perfectly sweet animal for one family may be
the most atrociously horrible beast for another, depending on one's viewpoint. But
with a little bit of research and self-teaching techniques, you may just land the
most perfect 4-legged or 2 winged creature to join your family.
Seeing as how dogs and cats are the most common pets around, let's talk about some
of the other common pets, like this furry little cotton puff called a hamster. You
got it, the most popular little fuzz balls around. With mazes and portable wheels
and all sorts of cage designs to boot, it's no wonder they're highly sought out for
kids. Not much is needed for their care either, save fresh bedding, food, lots of
chew toys, and of course water. They're fun to watch and oh so cute. Find a nice one
and you can't help but utter an "awww" now and then. Find a temperamental one, though,
and I highly doubt you'll be wanting to stick your fingers too close. Hamsters can
have some very short fuses, especially when frightened. The best luck in preventing
nasty bites is to find a youngster and, after it's been allowed time to acclimate
to his new home, handle it often in a gentle fashion. In time, they can learn to trust
their owners, but only in time. "More than one?" you ask? Well, hamsters are not particularly
social with each other either when they've matured. What does this mean? A hamster
would rather be a loner than have another hamster friend. Unless a parent wants their
little ones to witness some brutal massacres, hamsters are best kept alone.
But come on, hamsters can't get all the attention. What about their counterparts,
the--dare I say it---rats? Now don't get all disgusted with me for suggesting such
a thing. Go on and ease your gasps. Most people avoid them under the false assumption
that they're filthy sewer dwellers with rabies. Their tails don't help much either.
You may disbelieve that a rat can be a pet because of those unfair labels, but trust
me. You should give it a second thought. Rats are among the most sociable of the small
animals. This means that they absolutely love the idea of bonding with not just other
rats, but a human caretaker, including children. They are actually a very intelligent
species. Ever wonder how they always know the way to escape in the movies? Ironically,
they're even among the cleanest of rodents, grooming themselves constantly, just like
cats. They're capable of learning tricks or better yet, their names. But the best
a rat has to offer is its temperament. That's right. They're so sociable that they're
not very interested in biting as hamsters may be. Aggression is simply not a known
trait of rats. And as far as their tails go, they're nothing but cooling agents, a
way to expel heat.
No matter how much praise I can give rats, or how much attention I can give hamsters,
it's still possible that they'll never steal away everyone's hearts. Some people
just aren't built for rodents. So what other options can there be besides the obvious
cat and dog? Birds of a feather flock together. Like rats, birds are social creatures
too, and can be a joy to interact with. In fact, interacting with birds, especially
those belonging to the parrot family, is a requirement based on their intelligence
alone. Like people, birds love to be around their cage mates, even if that mate is
a human. Ignoring them would be an act of cruelty. Their beaks and claws may be a
little prickly for small fingers, and their needs are a little more demanding than
the smaller, furrier critters. However, for the right family with the right personalities,
or the right people with the right amount of patience, birds can be fun and loving
companions. And come on, everyone loves a bird that can mimic the voice of its family.
Perhaps it's still quite likely that no animal with fur or feathers is your ideal
companion, but you still want something alive to care for. Spiders or scorpions
perhaps? Alright, that was probably a little mean. How about something along the lines
of reptiles and fish? Bearded dragons, for instance, are among the most popular of
the scaly critters, thanks to their docile nature. At about 2 feet of lizard fully
grown, they need a good amount of living space and heat sources, plus a diet of both
vegetables and proteins to really thrive. But if a lizard is still unsatisfactory,
one may want to resort to the watery world of fish. Sure, you can't pet them or hold
them or cuddle with them, but for some people that's just what the doctor ordered.
Certain species of fish, like the common Oscar, a South American fish, can learn to
recognize their owners. Some will even allow a hand to reach in and stroke their sides.
The most crucial task to achieve is perfecting their environment, which isn't difficult
as long as adequate time is allotted for water to age properly. But once that hurdle
is surmounted, it can be quite easy to imagine the possibilities of having an aquarium.
Oh the wonderful world of pets. Obviously, I've barely scratched the surface of the
choices of animals out there to adopt into your family. There are far too many to
mention, but there can be no harm in providing just a tad bit more education on the
more common species. In the end, it will always be up to you the parent, you the singleton,
or just simply you the individual, to decide what would suit you best. Personally,
when it comes to children, I believe one of the best ways to teach them about responsibilities,
dedication, commitment, and yes, even death is to have an animal of some sort living
among them. So just give them a chance, the animals I mean, even the ones that make
you cringe. Sometimes, ladies and gents, it's the ugly ones that are the best ones!
Lynda is 26 years old, lives in Indiana,
and hopes to one day pursue a career working with animals. She enjoys many forms of
self-expression, including art, poetry, and writing, which is one of the latter additions
to her list of hobbies.
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