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Best Household Pets

A household is typically defined by the individuals who inhabit the home. However, a pet is often overlooked and not included when members of a household are listed. Pets in a home can be prominent members where some owners treat their pets like humans! Some animals are easier than others, so we wanted to explore the options available when it comes to household pets. Each one requires different needs, wants and expertise. 


Dogs are probably the most common household pet. They are the most domesticated animal and can be found all around your neighborhood and town (especially after the pandemic where the at home time made them popular). Different breeds require different needs but for the most part they are like babies that need you to take care of them and can’t do much for themselves. Some require more attention and exercise than others, some have more medical concerns, some eat more than others and some do well with families and other dogs while others don’t. Depending on your situation, it is good for you to research and see what dog breed would be nice for you. You can get dogs either through a breeder or through a rescue. Regardless of where you are getting your dog be sure to do your homework on where they are coming from. You need to be sure you can afford a dog as well. Not only do they require food but their medical upkeep can cost a pretty penny.


Besides dogs, cats are the obvious next common pet. Cats are great for certain people just like dogs are great pets for others. Cats are different from dogs in that they are pretty self sufficient and don’t require exercise or human attention. They keep to themselves and are trained to go in the home and do not need to be taken out to do their business. They can also be left for longer periods of time when dogs can not. Similar to dogs, you can go through a breeder, rescue or even a pet store to get a cat. 


There are many uncommon pets for a home, but reptiles may be the next in line for household pet popularity. Animals such as lizards, chameleons, snakes, and turtles are able to be held as pets but require a lot of care and attention. Most need to be kept at certain temperatures and fed particular diets. 


Some people like to have birds in their homes as pets. Birds, unlike most household pets can live long lives. Their lifespan ranges from 20-100 years, so if you want to enjoy a bird in your home then be sure you are in it for the long haul and have beneficiaries lined up after your passing!

Small Mammals

Small mammals like guinea pigs, hamsters, bunnies, mice and rats are popular household pets. They are relatively easy to take care of but have a particular diet. They also tend to require frequent cleaning to avoid smells.

As a reminder, animals are animals so they do have different instincts then humans and should be monitored at all times. This is another factor into choosing your pet. Look at all of the animals listed above to see what would work best for you and your family. 


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