There’s much to love about creating a loving home with your family, but do you ever get the feeling that perhaps…something is missing? Another species, perhaps? There’s a reason why so many people decide to bring a pet into their life: they can just add so much, truly (/hopefully) something that you just can’t get from the members of your life. And there’s plenty of options when it comes to which type of pet you can get, too. We take a look at a few firm favorites below.
Man’s best friend, the lovable dog, makes for an excellent pet, especially if you have energetic children. What type you choose will depend on various factors, such as the size of your property and your financial situation (smaller dogs are cheaper). Most people who get a dog realize just how great it can be to have one in your life: there’s those morning family walks, evening on the couch, and all-around entertainment. They are a big commitment, however, so it’s not a decision that you should take lightly — only get one if you’re sure you can dedicate the required time, energy, and money.
All About Cats
If not a dog, then what about their rival, the cat? Most people are generally dog-people or cat-people. If you fall on the feline side of things, then look at bringing one into your home. Perhaps one of the main advantages that cats have over dogs is that they require much less maintenance. Indeed, if they’ve been well-fed, then there could be times when you don’t see them for a couple of days. As with dogs, there is a cost factor to think about (especially since they seem prone to getting themselves into situations that require a trip to the vet).
Fish are also a popular option, especially since they’re a little bit different from the usual. There are fewer direct interactions (none at all, in fact), but they definitely add something to the home: they bring color and intrigue and can be super fun to just sit and watch. Start with betta fish, since they’re easy to care for and ideal for a beginner. Take a look at betta fish tanks and the other essential equipment you’ll need, and get started. You’ll likely find that you end up with plenty more fish once you’ve got the hang of things and have seen just what they can bring to your life.
In a Cage
Looking for something low maintenance but also fun? Then consider getting a hamster. They’re an excellent beginner pet, especially for families. They’re cheap to keep, they’re playful, and they won’t eat up much of your time.
In the Garden
Finally, if you’re looking for a wildcard option, then what about a turtle? They’re easier to keep than you might think. You’ll need a yard big enough for them to roam, however. They’re definitely a little different than the usual dog or cat that many other people have.