Human beings are an incredibly busy lot. The work and home life combine together to build stress and anxiety in a person. What one needs is a break from it every now and then. Though it may not always be possible for one to go on vacations or in extreme cases go out for a stroll. This may be due to financial, social or time constraints. In the current scenario, it may also happen that one is not able to spend time with family and friends. This creates a kind of a craving for companionship. In such a situation, pets come to the rescue. They are the most convenient alternative to vacations. And the options available cater to everybody’s varying needs and desires.
Dogs and cats are the most commonly kept pets across the world. Their popularity is owed not only to their own self but also to the various modes of media-written and visual. Every other book or movie or television show today has dogs or cats as an integral character. And of course, these four legged bundles of joy get most of the credit. The shear love that is exuded in their presence is a sufficiently good enough reason for one to desire to have them as pets. But sometimes, it may so happen that one is unable to handle a dog or a cat for reasons such as space, time or financial constraints. In such cases, someone who genuinely wants to keep a pet, they need to be aware of other convenient and suitable options.
Fish and tortoise are gaining popularity as preferred pets in households lately. The minimum efforts required, the comparatively low financial investment, and the ease of accommodation are some factors that contribute to their appeal. Kids and elderly feel especially comfortable with them as pets as there is no threat of injury, which may occur in case of dogs or cats. They require minimum space, that is, something as small as a bowl would suffice. There are myriad options available to us in terms of size, colors, breeds, decorative fish tanks, etc which interest owners to own them according to their wishes.
They are intuitive and friendly creatures. They are interactive as well, and are a great source of silent compassion. They are considered as a source of good luck. Especially if there are patients around, they provide visual and emotional relief. Also the fact that they are absolutely noiseless is another reason for having them as pets in homes with a requirement of a quite environment. They don’t need to be taken out on their daily walks, is why some people with busy schedules prefer them as pets. Tortoise especially require even lesser financial investment, as they don’t need to be kept in water at all times. It’s a delight to watch a turtle make its way from one end to another, without a care in the world, at its own sweet pace. Owners enjoy holding and caressing them in the palm of their hands.
Some people have birds as pets. Some of the reasons are relatively low financial investment and visual appeal. Parrots especially are well loved because people enjoy teaching them to talk and eventually to hold short conversations with them. The calm composure and beauty of birds appeals to owners. Having birds as pet is an effective way of having a pest free home. But at the same time one needs to be careful as they might fly away if set free too carelessly. One also needs to be careful of larger animals that could possibly inflict harm to the birds.
Hamsters and rabbits are also kept as pets. They are cute, cuddly, small and easy to manage. Their playful nature is especially appealing to kids. Owners agree that even stroking them for a few minutes calms them down so they can continue with their daily chores peacefully. One only needs to provide them with food and suitable accommodation. And in case of hamsters a wheel to run on is more than enough to keep them happy and occupied. But the most important care one needs to take is that of cleanliness. Owners of hamsters and rabbits often complain of odors, which becomes a deterrent in having them as pets. This becomes an issue especially when the owner needs to go on a vacation. In case of rabbits, they have a high rate of mating, so one needs to be wary. Hamsters can easily be kept in pairs as they are fairly cheap and simultaneously keep each other company.
There are some people who have reptiles as well as pets. Harmless snakes and iguanas are the most common choice. Before deciding on it, one needs to be absolute certain that it is not poisonous, else the decision could prove fatal. The same goes for having spiders as pets. The most common issue with owners is that convincing guests about their harmlessness as more often than not people tend to be afraid of snakes, etc. one needs to be extra careful of their food and enclosure requirements.
People with enough space also have horses as pets. It also requires a fairly large financial investment. But owners vouch for the peace and calm playing with a horse brings to them. And the ability to ride horses, gives a unique sense of freedom and pride. With the varying options available, interested people should find it easy to have a pet suited to their requirements.