I come from a very animal loving family, who have sheltered hundreds of pets throughout the generations, quite literally, and throughout my childhood, animals have played a key part in my life. I think having a pet not only gives an opportunity to be responsible for another being, but a lot of love, time and attention are given to these animals, meaning they become less like pets and more like parts of the family.
This is the countdown of my favourite pets throughout the years, hope you enjoy!
5. Budgies. When I was very, very young, my family owned a budgie. I used to be fascinated by the mysterious, yellow bird dwelling in the birdcage in the corner of our livingroom. I'd be watching the Tweenies or some similar childs tv programme and it would squawk so loud, that I couldn't hear the television, and i'd turn up the volume, and louder got the squawking. But other than it completely ruining my favourite television programmes, I used to adore the bird. Except when it pecked at my fingers! I remember, quite vivdly, examining the way it's head moved, or the way it's beak opened to sqawk. I had never seen a bird up close, and this unusal, yellow bird had blew my mind. It's cage would lie open, and at it's own leisure, it would do a lap around the room, then perch back in it's cage. Quite a chillaxed little animal.
Budgies, I think, are incredibly easy to look after. At a very young age and with a little help from my mother, we looked after it, until it passed away from old age. I was heartbroken.
4. Goldfish. I've only ever had one goldfish, named Mr. Spongebob, who has lived for over 7 years now, and still going strong. I won him at a funfair, and despite common knowledge of funfair fish having a very short lifespan, he's really defying the odds. My sister then bought another two goldfish, HUGE goldfish. My goldfish looks like a fly compared to them, they are massive. But they're definetely amazing. They jump out of the water to catch their food and follow fingers. Definetely impressive fish, although I do love Mr. Spongebob.
I think goldfish are great pets to have as they have a pretty decent life span. They are also generally really easy to look after and they look okay for display purchases. Definetely, goldfish are one of my top 5.
3. Guinea Pigs. This was an animal from my childhood that I absolutely adored. I had two guinea pigs, Roger and Fizz. Typical Guinea Pig names, I know. I recieved them as a present for my birthday from my parents. Although, it would be good to note here that pets aren't just a present for birthdays or christmas, pets are for life. However, I had two guinea pigs. They were cute, cuddly and very noisy. It was my first real responsibilty. I had to feed them, clean their cages, bathe them and so on, and I enjoyed the task. Although, numerous times they ran around my house, hiding in nooks and crannies, I believe one decided to hide behind a sofa cushion at one point! As I was young, I didn't fully grasp the concept of why each guinea pig had a seperate cage and why they could never be in the same cage. Experimenting, like kids do, I let Roger visit Fizz's cage. Bad idea! If your mum has seperated guinea pigs, it's for a good reason. So, Fizz ended up pregnant. I don't remember exactly how many minature guinea pigs Fizz had but I know it was quite a fair amount. We gave away all the baby guinea pigs to a trustworthy friend. All except one, Daisy. They pretty much lived happily ever after, with Roger in another cage!
Guinea pigs gained a four on my list as I believed they were very easy to look after. Their diet consisted of fruit and veg such as carrots, cucumbers, peppers, grapes, banana's etc, and we also had a bag of guinea pig feed. Their cage was basically newpaper with fresh sawdust ontop and their little house and other little toys for them to hide and sleep in. To bathe them, you used a very soft toothbrush and gently rubbed them. Simples! Definetely one of my favourite animals to look after!
2. Newts. Not the most common of creatures to have as pets I believe, but they are honestly awesome. I had three chinese fire bellied newts, which are basically tiny acquatic newts. We had a new pet store open near where we lived, after after seeing the newts, I purchased three. Boo, Rue and Sue. They are honestly the cutest pets I have ever had. Before seeing them in the pet shop, I had no idea what a newt was never mind you could have one as a pet. They are black with a red belly, obviously. They have four legs, a big long tail and look like a very minature lizard. Basically they lived in a tank with water, but which also had a little rocks and floating islands above the water where they could go to get out of the water. They are very easy to care for, feed and like I said are very cute creatures. They laid eggs, and we had many little baby newts swimming around which was very cute. Definetely one of the finest pets i've owned!
1. Mans best friend, the dog! Of course, my number one had to be dogs. I've owned three dogs, all shih tzus - Kizzy, Hugo and their pup, Max, who unfortunately passed away. I've honestly had the best time ever with my dogs. From diving into a loch after Hugo, who seemingly isn't a very good swimmer, dived in after a swan.. to watching Kizzy give birth to Max and three other pups, - one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Definetely couldn't imagine my life without Kizzy or Hugo. Dogs really are best friends, and the only bad point I can really say is when you lose them, it's heart wrenching. Quite literally. When Max died, I was distraught as was the rest of my family. Anyone who owns a dog will know that they really do become your best friends and it's horrendous when you lose them.
But yes, Dogs definetely are my best pet. I think it's the fact that they are incredibly interactive, they are playful, fun and incredibly cute. They are also very easy to read. Dogs, when happy, will wag their tail. When hungry, will bark at the food cupboard. When scared, will yelp. They are just such beautiful creatures to look after, hoenstly. If you treat a dog well, they will treat you well back. Dogs have a lot of love to give. They are such a joy to have in your life.
Animals are not just pets, they are family.
If you are thinking of buying an animal and have enough love and attnetion to give to them, I would definetely recommend. They will lighten your life up completely!
The following are the top five animals to have as pets, in my opinion. I know a lot of people may disagree and this is just my opinion. If I could, I would have 10 of every animal as a pet. Apart from horse flies. I'm allergic to those. Hehe.
5. Rabbit/guinea pig/hamster
They don't really do a whole lot but they're nice to cuddle when you need something to cuddle or just to watch even. They're quite interesting to watch eating, actually. Although they often look at you like you're a total freak for watching them eat. But oh well. They can deal with that.
I know again they don't do much but they, too, can be pretty fun to watch. They just float around and stuff for most of the day but I've had goldfish that would swim upside down for fun before. Not because they had swimbladder problems or anything like that, just because they thought it was fun. They're really pretty weird little things and they're pretty fun too. They'll follow you around their tank and such too. Nice to watch them following you around the room.
They're really great pets because they can be ridden and used to jump with or to run real fast or, well, for all sorts of different things. And they'll eat right out of your hand. They do some pretty crazy things, like galloping around the field kicking and leaping and generally acting all crazy. My horse used to do that, before he was stolen. That's the only problem with them, they can be easily lead away and such.
I love cats. I have two of them myself and I'm hoping to get another kitten soon, once my puppy's a little older so he knows not to pounce on it. They dont play or do a whole lot in general but they're great for cuddling and stroking. And they're more independent than dogs which is often a bonus for people who work long hours.
They're really loyal and will play all day long if you want them to. You can never get bored of having them around and thats what I like most about them. They need a lot of attention but they're really loyal as a result of that.
So that's my top five. Hope you enjoyed it!
For my 100th (eek!!) review I thought I would write about something that means an awful lot to me, i hope you don't mind reading!
Having read one or two reviews in this category and seeing people describe what their favourite pets are and why, i thought i would list the pets i have had rather than those i would maybe want to have.
I am a massive animal lover, i absolutely adore them and am a complete sucker for spoiling them! I don't have any pets at the moment, I am on the lookout for two kittens for my daughter (well me really but she does want a cat too!!) but I haven't been able to find two suitable ones together yet. I haven't had many pets but i will list my top five and they aren't in any order as it would be impossible to do that as i loved them all equally so i will start with my first pet.
1. Jess the cat.
Jess was the first pet i ever had, my mum bought him (yes it was a boy but i decided to give him a girls name because he looked just like Postman Pats cat!) just before i was to be turning three. Although i don't remember a great deal about him, i do remember odd times with him, like him sleeping on my bed as a tiny kitten. When he was about a year old my evil step-brother did the most awful thing to him, he swung him round by his tail and Jess hit the wall - we all thought he had died so of course i was hysterical but my mums fantastic friend managed to bring him round. We moved house when i was seven, so Jess would have been four at the time, and we hadn't been in our new house very long before Jess was run over and killed by a police car just outside our door. I remember my mum telling me he had run away and it was years and years later she told me what had really happened. I was devastated.
2. Tipsy the cat.
Tipsy was a stray cat that we took in as a kitten, and he walked like he was drunk hence the name Tipsy! It makes me sad to say that I really don't remember much about Tipsy, and I only have a couple of pictures to remember her by, as she ran away (or at least we think she did) about 8 months after we took her in). One thing i do remember about her is that she had a random ability to scale the wall and quite often she would get right up to the ceiling and get stuck!! A really mental cat she was!
3.Nibble the hamster.
When I was about 13 or so i bought my first hamster, a little grey Russian Dwarf that I named Nibble - what a cracking name that turned out to be, he was evil with everybody but me and he would just bite if anyone tried to touch him. He was fab with me though, I could handle him at any time and even if he had just woken up he still was ok if it was me. I had Nibble for just over a year I think and then one day I looked in his cage and he had died, and though i was really upset it didn't hit me half as hard as losing my other pets.
4. Wally the cat.
We got a new kitten when my little brother was about four and we let him choose the name, at the time he was mad about Where's Wally so he thought it would be funny if we didn't know where the cat was and he could say oh "where's wally?"!!! We got him from a cats protection league and he was part feral, and at the time we didn't really know what that meant but as he grew up we soon realised!! He had a real evil streak and could be lovely one minute and then just attack the next. This really didn't alter how we felt about him, he was a fantastic cat and the whole family loved him to bits. I don't suppose it helped when I used to torment him a little and put my hand under the couch and wiggle my fingers so that he would stalk me and then dive at my fingers.....oops!!! When i moved out i took him with me, as he sort've just became my cat and it just made my first house more home having him with me - although he hated my partner! Wally became very ill in the summer of 2008 and it turned out that his heart murmur had become worse and he had lots of fluid on his lungs so the kindest thing was to have him put to sleep. It broke my heart, i'd had him for almost 15 years and i still miss him now.
5. Charlie the dog.
Charlie was the first dog i ever owned. My ex partner and I decided to get a puppy and we went to look at some Border Collie puppies, and there was just one left when we got there and we just immediately fell in love with him and just couldn't leave him there! I remember the drive home with him like it was yesterday, he laid on a blanket on my knee and just licked my hand all the way home and I think this formed a real bond with me as he was just like my baby. It took about four days to think of a name for him as we just couldn't agree on anything! He really was the most amazing dog, so clever that he really knew how to play me, and me being soft fell for everything every single time! It was really easy to teach him tricks - well I say teach him, it wasn't something I was particularly planning on doing but after twice asking him to shake paw he had learnt it!! When Charlie was two, he had a seizure, which was the scariest thing i had ever witnessed and the vet said it was just a one off. However just a few days later he had another and my poor dog was diagnosed with epilepsy (apparently a common thing in Collies) and i was so upset as I just didn't want him to suffer. It was very hard looking after him, sometimes he would have regular seizures and then he'd go a few months without having one. When he was four he had a really bad one and perforated his bowel which in the end caused his organs to start shutting down so i had to make the hearbreaking decision to have him put to sleep. It was the most hurt i have ever felt in my life and I never want to feel like that again. I do feel as though I was blessed to have him though, and I still miss him and think about him everyday.
So there's my five pets, of course i've had fish like most people but i don't really count them as pets. I don't think i could choose my favourite animal to have as a pet as i love cats and dogs equally - cats are fantastically independant but also so loving which i love, and sitting snuggled up with a cat is just lovely. On the other hand i love dogs for the walks (one thing i really really miss is walking my dog), they are loving and depend on you for so much. I would never really consider having a pet such as a hamster again, they really aren't my type of animal but if in the future thats something my daughter really wants then I would reconsider. As I say I do really want a couple of kittens but I think the fear of having to go through losing them at some point is the one thing that is really stopping me from getting them at the moment, but i don't want to deprive my little girl of owning a pet either.
In a nutshell i just LOVE animals! I hope that was an interesting read for you, you have now learned that i'm a sucker for animals and will probably end up as one of those cat ladies you hear about haha!
I was never alowed any animals growing up, at one stage I was alowed a goldfish at one stage, but it went moldy as a reslt of my mother's obsessive cleaning out of the bowl.
I now have my own place and have four different species of pets.
My favourite type of pet is my dog, beau. He is a 2 year old male border collie. He's always there with me and is my best friend. I wake up and because I have him, I have to walk him. We go fow long walks across from the beach, a perfect start to the day in any weather. As I'm so lazy I woudn't do it otherwise. Same with last thing. I love walking but hae walking alone, with him I never am. We go for huge long walks everywhere in the most beatiful places. He's a crazy collie and his antics and facial expressions have me laughing to myself. Even when I'm down. We go training twice a week, and not only is it fun, and another hobby, but it also get me out of the house so I can meet other people. He's there when I get in from work, when I wake up, when I go to sleep, he's always there and always pleased to see me. I coudnt think of anything nicer!
To me no other pet compares to the loyalty of a dog!
I also have 2 cats, 4 rabbits and 11 hamsters and I love them all for there individal traits, the kitten is lovely as he is also very dependent, but I am very aware that when he grows up, he will be like my cat. Very independednt and coming to me at their leisure and when they are hungry of course.
Being completely in love with all animals (except spiders and snakes - sorry!), I find it really hard to select a top five. I've owned many pets, but I guess if I owned more of each species I'd have a better view, because really it's just that you had a really nice cat isn't it, rather than that all cats are like that? But nevertheless, here are my five top pets.
I know what you're thinking - hamsters? Number one pet?! What? But I honestly do think this. I've owned maybe up to 30 hamsters in my life, and I can honestly say that only a couple of those weren't an ideal pet (most of them were from breeders also, so I may be lucky, and I know that if I'd have had hamsters from pet shops, my opinion would be rather different).They have all been so lovely - some cuddly, happy to sit on you being stroked, even falling asleep on you, with others being crazily active, but really enjoyable and fun to watch. They don't take up too much space, they don't make a mess, they're quiet, they don't eat too much - what more could you want?!
Cats are a very close second for me. Although I haven't had the pleasure of owning many in my life, I've certainly met a lot. The problem I find is that they're all completely different - whilst one is happy to sit on your lap and sleep all day, others are annoyed if you just touch them! I enjoy cats though, they're very funny, and I love that they're always willing to play. Finding dead birds on your door step isn't too enjoyable though! They're also rather independent, so if you have to work all day, they're probably be okay and wont miss you too much!
3. Guinea pigs
I'm one for small animals, can you tell? I love these little guys. Incredibly cute - they sit waiting for their food whilst making a 'wheek' sound, and as soon as they hear the hag bag rustle, or the sound of a carrot being chopped - they're off and wont be quiet! They're lovely though and have such cute mannerisms. Mine live inside, but I love watching them on a nice day munching on the grass, 'popcorning' (these are little jumps they do when they're happy) and you can see their enjoyment. They're also happy to sit on your lap and be stroked, but definitely aren't a boring pet.
I struggle to know where to put dogs on this. I love a good dog, and a summers evening is just completed by taking a dog for a walk or a run through the woods. If only you had to walk them just in the summer though! The thought of having to walk a dog in the winter after work or in the morning, whilst it's dark, cold, raining, snowing, icy, is just not enjoyable to me. Yeah, you can just let them out onto the garden, but it's not the same as taking them for a walk, is it? I also believe that if you're working or out for a large amount of the day, it's just not fair on them.
Last but not least, is honestly fish. These cannot rank any higher for me, because I love the interaction you can have with a pet, but how beautiful are fish? They are really pretty, and so elegant too - very enjoyable to watch swimming around.
Although these are my five favourite pets, I'll admit I'd love to have a giraffe, monkey or a baby lion - but I don't think any of them would end well!
Having always owned dogs you may think that would be my first and perhaps only choice of favourite pet but you would be wrong... I have owned a wide variety of animals including fish, mice, hamsters, gerbils, rats, cats, birds, dogs and a few wide animals I rescued at one time or another.
The top favourite pet would be cats. I have always liked cats and own one myself. Cats are friendly, affectionate and independent. They will curl up on your lap for a nap when it suits them but will also spend time on their own independantly. I love their affectionate nature and the way they purr when they are content. The only drawbacks are they go outside on their own and there's the danger of them being hit by cars and such. Definitely a pet to get insured.
My second favourite would be dogs. As I said i've always owned dogs, both pedigree and mongrel. They are loving, intellegent and loyal. Dogs are fantastic pets, they are always there with a wagging tail for you when you get home. My dogs enjoy nothing more than going for a long walk, chasing a tennis ball then lying in front of the fire. Although owning a dog can be messy and sometimes expensive they are definitely worth it. I would recommend having them insured as they can encounter problems during their lifetime. Also depending on what breed you get certain ones are prone to a lot of health problems.
My third favourite would have to be Rats. I have owned 4 rats throughout my life all of which were white males. Rats are known for being very intellegent and this is indeed true. I used to love watching them run around the house playing with their toys and enjoying some treats. The only downside is their life expectency is short.
My fourth favourite would be hamsters. I have owned a fair few hamsters. The most memorable being a "Male" hamster bought from a pet shop. After having "Him" for around 4 weeks I went into the cage and found 9 babies. Needless to say he was a she. Hamsters are fantastic pets and the main animal bought for children. They are easy to care for and don't cost a lot to keep. As with rats their life expectancy is quite short so it is upsetting when it's their time to go.
My fifth and final favourite pet would be a rabbit. I have only had one rabbit who was kept in an outdoor hutch. They are best kept in pairs to keep each other company. Initially they are quite expensive as you have the hutch and everything to buy. They are great to watch running around the garden and are generally very laid back animals.
If your thinking about getting a pet for yourself or the family make sure to read up about them thoroughly. They take a lot of your time and some can be very expensive so make sure you get the right one.
I love all animals so it was a challenge picking just 5. Whatever pet you own they are part of your life and your family and will give you endless hours of fun and a lifetime of love.
I get no respect!
I got a job in a pet shop.
The customers kept asking how big I get!
(The great Rodney Dangerfield.R.I.P)
So, with the news that the owners of a python have been charged under animal cruelty laws after 'their' pet snake crushed and then ate a cat whole (what snakes are supposed to do, Britain's 3.5 million domestic cats responsible for the murder of 272 million living things every year and so hardly not guilty in this), its time for my contribution to the silly season. Statistically 91% of animal abusers are classed as animla owners and lovers.
Now I'm not one of those people who needs a cute animal as a pet because I cant get a partner, or indeed need a pet to keep a partner. For me pets should not be pets and left out in the wild where they are supposed to be. But if I had to have five then I would have to make some silly choices.
Michael Jackson famously declared his affection for his pet rat Ben (although there are doubts on that score now) but for me my first choice would have to be a Badger, if they actually exist! Have you ever seen one? You never really see them on telly in the daylight to prove they are real and even on wildlife programs they only catch something moving around at night, the camera light caught in its eyes, no proof there's a Badger there, which could easily be a cat or a dog rustling about in the bins or something. I basically want one as a pet purely because the garden needs digging right now and they apparently work harder at night than a third world sweatshop for no extra charge like the Moles are now making now that they have a union.
Badgers were actually eaten during and just after the war as a delicacy in Britain, but again no one ever saw one go in the pot, maybe just foxes or peeled hedgehogs plonked in the stew instead. If you use traditional shaving brushes then yes, it's probably Badger! That's wikipedia for you!
All girls like Cats, nice to come home from a hard days work and relax and play with their pussies, better than men any day. I don't like cats as they are too arrogant and only really hang around to get fed and watered, before hopping out of the cat flap without a bye or leave. They scratch your best furniture and meow at you all day, be it if you don't feed them bang on time or do it just to annoy you, and then go to war with the nearby tabby in the garden to keep you up all night, making a hell of a racket. Pussies basically moan and grown all day if they don't get stroked and all night if they do, and like all cute ladies very high maintenance. Well that whining doesn't cut it with me guys!
Dogs, on the other hand, are either lazy or hyperactive lunatics, simple as, collapsing in heap with puppy dog eyes if you ask them to do anything strenuous around the house or racing around non stop knocking stuff over.
Dogs, of course, also make good husband substitutes that often save marriages. In my experience divorced women get cats and married women get dogs. My friend had a puppy and it was manic, running around the floor, up the walls, and across the ceiling 24/7. If only her man was that energetic and attentive she used to say. But like middle-aged men, dogs leave hairs everywhere and have bad breath in the morning, not prepared to make their tea or tidy their bedding. But, like your man, if you love them enough you only need look in their dopey eyes and forgive them for everything.
I would love a Giraffe as a pet, knocking through a wall and using half the living room floor to accommodate one. How cool would that be! Giraffes don't do much and spend most of the time eating trees and just trying to stand up, no chewing of the furniture or crapping in the house with these babies, very low maintenance. They could nibble away at your neighbours Lylandi trees and then freak them out by sticking their funny heads in their bedroom windows. If you are a chav they are excellent pets as they are ideal camouflaged to what the female members of the chav family will be wearing.
For some reason pretty young Gothic chicks like stuff like vermin and bugs in their cages and bed-sit, keeping the things normal pets eat, rats, insects, amphibians or snakes crawling all over the place. We weren't Goths as kids but we had Gerbils. Now Gerbils get bored in cages and when mum and dad have babies they tend to bite the beads of their young for some reason, a horrific and traumatic experience for 5 year old children to see in the morning before school. Hamsters are a bit bigger and are pretty dumb versions of Gerbils, quite happy to run on the wheel all day. If you get them out of the cage to play with them and show so affection for trapping them in a cage then they bite you first and then try to wriggle free, not exactly reciprocal behaviour. I get the feeling they don't want this life.
We did have rabbits as kids though, the traditional cute and cuddly, but they even more likely to make a run for it than Hamsters, my dad's rabbit enclosure at the top of the garden like the set of 'The Great Escape', motorbikes with three stone rabbits on flying across the fence. They aren't nibbling lettuces in their hutches let me tell you! They are scheming to escape! Our enclosure was riddled with burrows and tunnels and we would lose a rabbit a week, however many times we filled the holes in. Our first two rabbits were called Sapphire and Steel. Women love rabbits, of course, giving them very different names.
They say pets often look like their owners and dog owner's fall into that category. Chavs have fighting dogs on the sink estate whilst middle aged women have Terriers and Collies. A new trend is for young girls to have toy dogs, aping Paris Hilton; Jordan and Lindsay Lohan far bigger role models to our female youth than Marie Curie and Virginia Wolf. It is cliché but I really do think humans buy the pets they want to be.
Having amassed an infinite number of pets over my lifetime I found it extremely difficult to select the top five, as I have had some quite weird and exotic 'pets' including bird eating tarantulas, piranhas, chipmunks, and even some rats!
So, after some intense thinking and calculations, I have arrived at my top five list:
1) Dog... I feel this animal has to take top spot because they make wonderful companions and are very loyal to their owners. I personally have a Husky named Xena. She is a two year old female and has brightened up my life no end since I purchased her. The way she howls like a wolf when she is greeting you, or the weird guttural sounds she makes when she is trying to tell you something is fascinating. Extremely loyal, friendly and spotlessly clean in their ways, I think a Husky can make an excellent pet for anyone who has the room, and energy, for this breed of dog, as they are extremely affectionate, although they need vast amounts of exercise (far more than most other breeds of dog) and can grow to rather large sizes!
2) Tarantula... These large, hairy spiders may not be for everyone, but they are low-maintenance, and are fascinating to watch them as they stalk their prey or wait in ambush. It is advisable to get a female, as these can live up to twenty years or so, whereas the males usually only live for up to three years. Despite films to the contrary, these gorgeous arachnids are not deadly. Sure, if you were bitten by one it would be painful, just like a bee sting, but no more than that, unless you are allergic to the bite of course.
These spiders will only eat living prey, so it is best to catch your own live insects for them or buy some crickets for your tarantula and sprinkle them into the aquarium or plastic box, sit back, and just watch nature in action as this hairy creature lumbers forward to ensnare its quarry!
3) Aquarium frogs... These make a wonderful and unusual addition to your aquarium. They come in many types and sizes, so make sure they don't grow bigger than the fish you already have in your tank as these frogs will eat any fish that is smaller in size than itself, especially if hungry!. They can range in sizes from a few centimetres in length to real big monsters almost the size of a football.
Watching these underwater frogs gliding through the aquarium water, kicking their long legs behind them, is both fascinating and relaxing to watch. The one I had was often found at the bottom of the tank balancing on one leg for hours on end. My children found this extremely hilarious, and enjoyed watching these frogs far more than the exotic types of fish that we had.
One word of warning though, make sure that the lid on your aquarium is secure, as these frogs take delight in jumping right out of the tank and hopping around the floor, at the slightest opportunity, and they can be extremely difficult to catch and place back in the tank.
4) Indian Stick Insect... My stick insect is housed in a terrarium which gives it plenty of room to walk around and to hang on to twigs and leaves. These weird-looking insects are unusual in that they look exactly like a twig and when it is hanging from one of the branches in the terrarium it is virtually impossible to find it as it is so extremely well camouflaged!
They are extremely easy to feed as they usually only eat leaves and certain green vegetables, but handling them can be difficult as their thin twig-like legs can be easily broken off so it is advisable to hold them by their abdomen for safety sake.
5) Cats... Who can resist these fluffy little (or big) animals? Once toilet trained, these pets are very hygienic, constantly licking themselves and any other cats or humans that come within their range. Just smoothing the fur of a cat can be very relaxing and restful.
Cats have their own little habits and mannerisms, and make the most pleasant of house pets provided you are prepared to put in the work to maintain them.
The big negative of having a cat is the constant 'hairs' that are left over the carpet and furniture, so be prepared to groom your cat to lessen this and also make sure the vacuum cleaner is always close at hand!
Here is a list of my top five pets
I chose dog as my first because i have 2 dogs who are my best friends and i love them to pieces. They are loyal and friendly and fun when they are puppies, although annoying because they aren't house trained when younger. They are great if you have kids between the ages of 5 and 16 or if you live on your own and want a bit of company.
Hamsters are great if you have little children, they mainly come out at night but sometimes during the day they venture out so you can put them in the hamster ball for a run around. When i had hamsters we built mazes for them out of scraps of wood they loved that we put little treats around the maze so they could find their way around. Hamsters are always childrens favourite. im 15 and i want another one but im not allowed.
Tropical fish are good "pets" once you've cleaned the tank out and it is beautifully clean it is nice to sit and look at the fish swimming around we have a fish tank in the living room and after a stressful day at school i sit and watch the fish nose around the tank...its quite calming
Another favourite of kids Rabbits make good pets because they are good to hold and stroke the dont make alot of noise either. they do need alot of attention though because they can get lonely so if you have alot of free time on your hands and are looking for a suitable pet then a rabbit is a good choice
These are good for those people who live on their own and like the company of chirpy bird. i've had budgies and cockatoos in the past, My grandad had a cockatoo called ben and he trained him to whistle christmas tunes. Old people tend to go for these as pets because they are good company if you are sat in the house all day and they are very cute.
Oh, Im so tempted to say Cats, cats, cats, cats, cats, but I ill try to be fair, and give a chance to all God's creatures, big and small!
I assume from that you can understand my number one pet will be cats. I just adore them, and always have. I have found cats to be intelligent, loving, playful and just so much fun! Who can resist the furry balls?
My number 2 pet will of course then be dogs, and only because I have aquired a Labrador in the last year, and she is a character enough to persuade me that dogs are actually special as well.
My third best pet I will have to say a chipmunk. I had the pleasure of owning two of these unique creatures a few years ago, and believe me, they were just so different than any other small pet I have ever had. I could spend hours watching them try and stuff as much nuts as possible in their cheeks, and then frantically run around to find a place to hide them. Many a day I would find a collection of nuts in my handbag.
Number four would have to be a lovebird. I had a very talkative lovebird called Molly as a child, and she was just so memorable. She was intelligent enough to let herself out of her cage ona regular basis, go for a little fly-around, and then come home when hungry.
My fifth best pet would have to be fish. Not as mad as any of my other pet choices, but so beautiful to look at! I know you dont get much back rom fish as far as interaction is concernd, but an aquarium can be a fascinating community, and it is only when you spend time with them that you realsie their uniqueness.
Top Five pets this is actually a very hard discussion. With having either cat or dog at number one I would be a traitor the other!! Hmmm decsions deciosions, they are both as cute and as cuddly as each other but then what are my 3 after that as well...Aah this is quite difficult. I am such an animal lover (well apart from snakes!)
OK here is goes
5 - Fish - I thought these would be cheap and easy to look after, boy was I wrong. They've done nothing but cost me money but they are still mesmerizing to watch and are pretty easy to look after.
4 - Chinchilla - Never had one of these but the look cute enough
3- House Rabbit - I have heard so much about house rabbits recently, they are clean and use litter trays. I still can't get my head round them having to eat their own poo though. But they are cute.
2 - Dogs - Ok they are actually only at number 2 because they are out numbered in my house one dog to six cats. They are great companions, cute, cuddly, and even help you stay fit because you have to walk them.
1 - Cats - Not surprising really as they're not at number 2. I was never a cat person....ever. So you will be surprised they are at number 1 and also surprised I have 6 of them. They are fascinating animals and are so cute, all of mine have completly different personalities...my favourite one Murray likes to think he's a dog though and even comes out for a walk with me and if a car passes he will lie down unil it goes past. They are cuddly and so easy to look after, a lot more independant than dogs though.
Ahhh I love animals - best go find one of many now to give them a cuddle. :)
For my husband and I a life without animals would be unbearable/ unthinkable.
My friends all say " but it takes up so much of your time",
Yup thats true but I don't begrudge a moment of it
Here is my top 5 pets:
True they are not pack animals like dogs, but anyone who thinks caring for a cat is less work than a dog is wrong. No you don't have to walk them, but my cats love going for a walk with us, esp on a warm summers evening.
I also like the way they do exactly as they please, its the " free spirit bit" that makes them so alluring.
They come and see you because they want too.
I think the sight of seeing my cats stretched out, paws in the air by the fire in the lounge, on a cold winters night is just fab.
They look so totally content, and at peace. Trouble is I just have this irrestible urge to rub their bellies, which they aren't too keen on.
I have 2 black cats- gus and ellie, and 2 strays that live here too, also black ( maybe I'm a witch) coco, and spooky.
I have 4 rabbits- 2 pairs (all neutered) Harry and Lavender- who are just head over heels in love, and Smudge and Mimsi- who are more really good pals. Had Mimsi and Lavender first. They are sisters, then Harry was rescued, and finally smudge this year, also a rescue bunny.
Anyone who thinks bunnies are boring has probably only seen them hemmed in little hutches. Our pairs each have a 6x6 childrens playhouse, with 2 levels, and a 6x8 outside run, with shelter. Also, with a grassy patch ( wired underneath so they don't dig out).
Each has an entirely different personality. Lavender is a quiet, shy rabbit, who hates any attention. Harry is a grumpy bun, when his hutch is being cleaned out, but otherwise is quite a placid laid back guy.
Smudge and Mimsi on the other hand are little monsters, both very playful, and always rush out everytime you pass them by without a greeting.
There favourite food is apple branches, and they all love cardboard boxes to play in.
Got my first tortie last spring (07) Snoopy. He was a year old and tiny. He is the most grumpy, gluttonous tortie ever. His hobbies include eating and sleeping. He dislikes bathing, but is a fit and vigourous little tort.
Stompy is 6 and Sunny 6 too. They came to me when their owner, who was a patient of mine became very ill and died. He knew I felt the same way about animals he did, so he asked me to take them. Stompy is as he name denotes a reall stomper, he walks for miles every day, and the odd thing is he even does it when his light goes out- (Not meant to do that?!).
Poor old Sunny is the poorly one. He has brain damage from 3 operations on ear abcesses. He has trouble feeding himself, so I have to help him. He now knows when I have food for him, and opens his mouth accordingly. His weight is stable, and vet really pleased. He has a good quality of life, and goes out with his pals on warm days into their 10x 8 run, or on cooler days in the greenhouse, and enjoys a good wander around. He loves his bath and often falls asleep in it.
4. Parrots- for 10 years I had a slender billed conjure called Clyde. He was fantastic. He had a cage, which he chose to go into each night (door always open though) and a huge network of branches during the day where he lived. I hand reared him from a very young chick, and we were very closely bonded. When I had a bath, he had a wooden clothes hourse in the bathroom, and he would bath himself under the running sink tap, whilst whistling the theme tune to the Archers.
Unfortunately, as he got older he became sexually mature, and clearly frustrated by me getting a husband. After a lot of heart wrenching, he went to a captive breeding programme at Chester zoo, and has sired many young conjures.
I still miss him though.
5. My fish- we have 2 large tropical tanks. plus 1 nursery tank. one huge one that contains Boris our huge sailfin plec, plus freswater pufferes and Killi fish.
Our community tank has 2 bristlenose pleco's Jack and Ruby, tetra's more kili fish ( they breed like rabbits) but they are great because they have smiley faces, and waggle therir tails, when you come to feed them. Plus peppered cat fish, and catfish I call banditos, because they have little masks over their eyes. Also a couple of coolie loachs.
Outside we have 2 ponds, one meant to be a nature pond, that somehow Lucky and Milli - 2 goldfish hybrids appeared in- fortunately they don't disturb the frogs and newts and dragonflies too much. Then the fishpond with Ghost koi, goldfish, blue orfe, shubumkins, and a grass carp called Muchos.
all that without the badgers we feed, the birds, and the squirrels.
Life is never dull here, but thats what keeps me going.
Thanks for reading
You're either an animal person or your not. By my reckoning if you're the latter type of person trying to be turned but you're an animal crazy pet lover wanting to read about other people's views on pets. Therefore I won't try and talk anyone into animals, just describe why I love the ones that I do!
First and foremost, I am a dog person. I love my dogs as pets and companions. I enjoy their personalities, laugh at their actions when they're being silly and appreciate their hugs when I'm sad. In return I make sure I provide them with the best quality of life I can. They're fed well, walked frequently in a variety of different places and loved like the family members they are. Dogs are pack animals and do best hen invited into the family pack. A dog will love you though anything including mistreatment so that's a big responsibilty to bear. Like other dog owners, I like that my dogs are capable of doing as they're told but I owe it to them to train them with respect so that they obey me because they want to rather than because they're scared I'll raise a hand to them. I adore my dogs and they love me too. Dogs do suit people with lots of spare time as they don't thrive being left a lone for any periods of time.
It is said that 'dogs have master but cats have staff'. This is indeed true. Cats know how to play you for what they want and will occasionally reward you with a snuggle for your efforts. But only on their terms... Cat ownership has increased significantly over the last few year and one may speculate that this is due to their slightly more independent nature. However, they still require you love and care like any animal. They need regular visits to the vet for boosters, dental checks and a variety of health concerns. They are not the 'easy' option by any stretch.
How many of you did the project in primary school where you had duck eggs in an incubator that the class turned over every day to hatch them. How rewarding to have these hatch out and see the fruits of your labour. Of course ducks aren't for everyone but they look so happy waddling about. They do require work and make a lot of mess though. Booo
As small furries in cages go, I think gerbils are my favourite. I'm not the type of girl who's put off by rodent tails but some are. They are nocturnal so mostly play at night but it can be quite soothing to watch busy little furries darting about, scurring for food and chewing through everything.
Yes, I do class my OH as a pet and unfortunately not one of the better ones. They need feeding, watering, clothing and constant attention. They are definitely not for the faint hearted and take a lot of hard work! The plus point is occasional cuddles and they are one of few pets you can hold a conversation with in polite company. This is usually about as coherent as a mynah bird though!
Well it doesn't really take alot to figure out that I am pretty animal-crazy and I keep a variety of pets, after all my username is FourPaws and every review I have ever written has been animal related.
Animals aren't for everyone, in fact they seem to digust some people, but for me it is the complete opposite.. animals are a very important part of my life, I earn my living working with animals and I am in a very fortunate position both financially and housing wise which allows me to keep a large collection of 'pets', and quite frankly me life would be rather dull and lonely with out them, anyway my list of top 5 pets..
Oh how I love them! If you have read any of my other reviews, you will probably already know that I have two canine companions! And I am the first to admit that they are well and truely spolit rotten at home, then they come to work with me everyday and get spoilt by all the customers and staff there too! (I work in a small, quiet vet surgery).
Firstly I have Ruby who is a rescued Cavailer King Charles Spaniel, she is a real sweetheart and is the kind of dog that will do anything to please someone, she didn't have the best start in life but is she truly fantastic and I'm lucky to have her. And next there is Benson.. my food-obsessed, swimming-obsessed, toy-obsessed nut case! He is 2yr old Bernese Mountain Dog and life is one big game to him, he loves everything and anyone and doesn't stop from the moment he wakes up until the moment he goes to sleep, but is so wellbehaved and a real pleasure to own.
Dogs are one of the most demanding and expensive pets to keep.. they need at least an hours exercise everday come rain or shine, a high quality diet, firm but fair training, annual vaccinations and are not an ideal pet for someone who works full time (unless you are lucky enough to be able to take your dog to work, although this is highly unlikely unless you work with animals!)
If you do work all day and you are looking for a more independant pet, then a cat may be ideal. All they ask for is some food & water, a comfy place to sleep, vet care when needed and to have a fuss made over them once in a while.
My cat Jet is an extremely independant animal.. he comes in at around 8pm in the evenings to be fed, will stay in all night and then will be out again after breakfast 7am the next morning so to be honest I don't see him an awful lot..he use to be a stray so is a very streetwise cat and we live in a very quiet street where everyone looks out for one another so I am happy to allow him to go out as often as he does.
Jet is my first cat and as much as I love him, he will probably be my last, I only took him in because he was a stray, I've never been a 'cat person'.
Like dogs, cats need a high quality diet, annual vaccanations ect and can live over 18 years.
If there is one thing I hate, it is seeing birds in cages. I have a Scarlet Macaw named Crackers who is a extremely intelligent creature, he isn't caged.. he has a parrot stand where he stays and has the freedom to wander around the kitchen and enjoys coming out in the garden (his wings are clipped so cannot fly away). Keeping a bird as large as a Macaw in the house may sound disgusting to some people, but he is trained to return to his stand to go to the toilet so doesn't poo around the house, he doesn't destroy the wallpaper or curtains, doesn't sqwark and squeal all day, doesn't walk all over the food surfaces in the kitchen, he doesn't smell ect. Like most Macaws, he is extremely friendly to people he knows and enjoys being handled but doesn't take kindly to strangers (no he doesn't attack them, he sits sits on his perch and sqwarks the house down if they go near). Macaws are very clever and can learn to talk with a little training, Crackers can say his name, my name, both my dogs names (he often copies me and tells them to 'sit'), he has watched a few too many episodes of the TV show 'Friends' and now can sing the theme tune ''I'll Be There For You'' and will copy Joeys 'How you doin?' catchphrase. But you do have to be careful what you say around them, several months ago I was moaning to my friend about the 'Old Bag' who lives across the road, Crackers picked up on this and went through a stage of calling everyone who came to my house an 'Old Bag', but thank god he has stopped now!
They are rather difficult to care for and need a carefully planned diet of parrot mix, fruit, vegetables, seeds and nuts. They are also extremely expensive to buy- the more common blue & golds cost around £750, but the Scarlets (like Crackers) costs much more.. 9 years ago he cost me £1000 and then his parrot stand cost a further £1500. Macaws can live for up to 35 years so please, please, please think very carefully before buying one.
I've got two rabbits.. Button & Maxibon who are both Lionhead/Lop eared crosses. They are outside rabbits, although some people do keep them indoors. They need a very large enclosure and the ones in pet shops generally aren't big enough.. I built my own 6 ft long hutch with an attached 9ft exercise run which provides them with plently of space. Button & Maxibon are brothers, altough I have had them both neutered to prevent fights, if you plan to keep more than one rabbit you should make sure they are introduced from an early age. They do like company so keeping getting two rabbits is advised, they do like to socialise with my two guinea-pigs although I would never leave them alone together because they are twice the size of them and could hurt them without realising. Rabbits need a diet consisting of high quality rabbit mix, fresh fruit & veg and hay.
If you don't think I am pretty crazy already, my next two 'pets' will deffinatly make you think that I am. Yes, I keep donkies, I have a large paddock and single stable that came with my house, yet I am not a fan of horses so two years ago I took on two rescued donkies.. Mable & Tilly. They are not really a 'pet' and are not suitable for most people.. they need a fenced grassy paddock divided into two areas so you can rotate their grazing areas and a warm, waterproof stable. In summer, they stay in their paddock all the time with a small shelter but during the winter months they have time in the paddock during the day and are put in their stable at night. They need a special diet of fruit, hay, pellets and fresh water and they love the odd treat of polo mints or sugar cubes! I won't write too much about them here as I doubt there is many people considering take on a donkey as a pet, however if you would like anymore information please feel free to send me a message :)
Thats my collection of pets then! (well, I also have a hamster, two guinea pigs and a tank full of tropical fish too!) Before you ask, yes all my animals do live in harmony together!.. the macaw often hitches rides around on my dogs' backs, the cat & dogs often curl up to sleep together, the macaw loves sitting on the paddock fence watching the donkies and the dogs often go in the paddock to see them! And even the cat and macaw get on fine. Which makes me very lucky as it would be a mad house if they didn't all behave and get on together!
Please think very carefully before getting any pet, it costs over £100 a week to care for all my animals including food, hay, straw, bedding ect. Animals need your care and attention for the duration of their lifes, they will give back a plethora of love, entertainment and happiness though :)
(And before I finish, I would just like to point out my house does not smell! Believe it or not, despite all these animals, I am one of the most house proud people around. Sorry just wanted to make that clear lol! :D )
How many people have five pets?
Answer: very small percentage.
I want to add my opinion to this topic.
For any pet loving person choice of top pets is from past experience. It is what your friends have or your parents have that takes your liking too.
In my case I like fish the most. Choice of fish pets is vast and I am not fussy.
Fish is a gentle pet, swimming in a contained tank every single hour of the day. Fish is cheap as well. Cleaning once every month or so and buying food for the fish is not expensive, no vets costs either.
Given the choice I would like a dog in my house too. A dog is a good companion, take it walkies in the park, play with it. Dog is expensive to keep. It is like people when it gets ill I will have to take it to vets.
Rabbit is a good option too. Sadly it doesn't do much and it has to be kept outdoors.
No birds or cats for me, birds are too noisy, cats are bloody selfish.
Last two pets that I would like to keep is my girlfriend and my car. I treat both as pets. So they may as well join the list.