Did you have that neighbor on your street whose house felt like a zoo? From frogs and turtles to hamsters and rabbits, you probably wondered what the point of keeping so many different animals under one roof was. Animals are wonderful companions, and having a pet can ease feelings of loneliness, anxiety, and depression. But the world of pets is much more diverse than you might imagine. From rats to lizards, here are seven pets that are perfect for every kind of lifestyle.
When you think of having a pet, the classic animal that comes to mind is a dog. These animals are perfect for people with active lifestyles who also have flexible free time in their daily schedules. Almost all dog breeds require a significant amount of physical activity every day in order to maintain their mental and physical health.
To build a good relationship with a dog, you have to develop dog-related knowledge. You also have to maintain a high level of patience, especially if you get your dog as a puppy because the challenges of the puppy teenage phase are certainly tough.
If you have a busy lifestyle and you live in a relatively small apartment or home, a cat could be the perfect pet for you. Unlike dogs, cats are very independent and require less guidance and structured engagement. Cats still need affection and attention every day, which is why they also make great companions. But you can have a cat even if you have a busy work schedule. When you provide your cat with the right food and toys for mental stimulation, you’ll have a wonderful animal companion for many years.
Rats are good pets for children and teenagers. They are a great option for families because they are generally healthy animals that don’t require much space, but they are also very fun to interact with. If you have kids and you live in an apartment complex with no yard or garden, you could easily get a rat as a pet. Rats are also clean and mostly nocturnal, so you and your children don’t have to worry about coming home to a big mess after school and work.
If you’ve thought about getting a rabbit as a pet, it might surprise you to find out that these animals aren’t just cute to look at, they are also playful and relatively easy to care for. A rabbit is a great choice for a pet if you and your family are too busy to take on the responsibility of a puppy or a dog. At the same time, if your family is more interactive and looking for a pet that is fun to play with, a rabbit will fit in nicely.
Some animals require very little in terms of time and energy, and if that would suit your lifestyle, then you could easily have fish. Beyond food and regular tank cleanings, fish are the perfect pets if you don’t want to worry about an animal that can move around a cage or your home. Fish are also very beautiful and provide a sense of peace and calm to any room.
A lizard will make a wonderful pet for you if you have a more eclectic lifestyle and you also want a low-maintenance animal companion in your life. While feeding a lizard live crickets and worms might take a bit of courage, it’s definitely thrilling. Lizards are surprisingly social creatures, and you will enjoy having a fascinating animal hanging around your house.
Turtles are fascinating and beautiful animals, but getting a turtle is only going to be right for you if you have a stable lifestyle and you know you’ll be able to take care of this animal for many, many years. That being said, if you are in a stable part of your life and looking for a unique animal companion, a turtle is a great choice.
Animals all have different personalities. Take your time researching your options so you find the perfect pet for you and your family.