Top 10 Family Pets

Children often beg their parents for a family pet. Family pets have proven to be very beneficial to people, reducing depression and increasing a person’s overall happiness.

There are many different types of family pets to choose from. Dogs are not always the best choice for some (although have been for our family) as they require a lot of work and attention. Having a dog can be very rewarding, but it is also a big responsibility. Funny enough, when you first get a dog as a puppy it can be almost like having a toddler run around your house, where as some other family pets such as a fish are far less work.

Top 10 Family Pets #1: Dogs

Top 10 Family Pets #2: Cats

Top 10 Family Pets #3: Rabbits

Top 10 Family Pets #4: Hamsters

Top 10 Family Pets #5: Birds

Top 10 Family Pets #6: Lizards

Top 10 Family Pets #7: Turtles

Top 10 Family Pets #8: Ferrets

Top 10 Family Pets #9: Guinea Pigs

Top 10 Family Pets #10: Chickens

When a pet is adopted it should be a lifelong commitment, and not something you can just dispose of when you get tired of caring for it. One should choose their pets wisely. Do not just go out to a pet store and buy a pet without giving it much thought. Be sure you are ready for the commitment of the family pet you are choosing. Do your research and you and your pet will be happier.

Often a pet will look adorable and cute when it is young and as it grows the interest can wear off, so be aware that you have to right motivation for getting a new family pet. I remember our girls seeing our friend’s baby guinea pigs and I must say even my hubby and myself were smitten by their cuteness. We gave in to the “pressure” of our girls’ requests and allowed them to get the new pets. Unfortunately for our family our girls turned out to be highly allergic (breaking out in rashes and sneezing every time they touched the guinea pigs) to the guinea pig fur and so really the only interaction that they had with the guinea pigs was feeding them and changing the bedding in the cage. We did end up re-housing the guinea pigs eventually to a loving family though, which was a happy ending to that experiment.

There can be lots to consider with family pet, we have had dogs for over 18 years and companionship, (not to mention they are great lap warmers in winter 😉 ) and the joy they have bought to our family has been well worth it.


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