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What Type of Pet Should You Get?

Different Pets and the Pros/Cons of Owning One

So you want to own a pet, hey? Pets can be a great source of happiness, but what type of pet is right for you? From bunnies and kittens, to dogs and birds, we will dive right into the pet world and find you the perfect pal to hang out and snuggle with.

The first type of pet you could own is a dog. Now dogs may be great to have around and are super fun play-pals, but dogs can be a lot of work too. If you live in an apartment or similar living arrangements, you will have to expect to be taking your furry friend for a walk multiple times a day. In addition, dogs also need a lot of attention and can be very expensive. Also, dogs need attention all the time, so if you want to go away for a weekend, be prepared to pay for the expensive petsitter. However, if you  are willing to take the time and money it takes to being a dog owner, there are a lot of positive sides too. Dogs are great friends that you can cuddle and play with, and if you like to exercise dogs make great work-out buddies. If you still don't want to put in the time, money, and effort, don't worry, there are plenty of other pets that will fit your needs.

The next type of pet is a cat. Cats can be fun, playful critters that will always be there to cuddle with you, and they don't require as much effort or money as a dog. These adorable creatures don't need much space, so they are perfect for people who live in apartments. Also, they can be indoor animals, if you don't have a yard. All a cat needs is some food, love, a litter box, and maybe a laser pointer or a string. However, cats still need attention along with being played with, and food can be expensive. Yet overall, cats can be great friends and adapt to any living environment. 

If those pets still seem like too much work, lizards, snakes, or other reptiles can be the perfect pal. While the tank or cage may seem expensive, after that purchase, they are pretty cheap pets to own. All a reptile will need is a little attention and some food. Lizards and snakes will mostly only eat bugs, which are only a couple dollars each week. In addition, reptiles can be held and played with, just like any other pet. However, unlike most pets, reptiles don't need you to be there everyday, so you can go away for the weekend without having to pay for a costly petsitter. So, if you want a pet but don't have much money, any reptile can be a great best friend.

If bugs are a big no-no for you, a cute hamster, bunny, mouse, or rat can also be a great pet. Unlike reptiles that eat bugs, these furry creatures will only eat things like nuts, seeds, or vegetables. They can also be held and snuggled like any other pet. In addition, they don't take much work, and just like reptiles they can be left alone for a few days. Also, they are cheap and easy to care for! Also, if you have kids, they will love these furry little critters. 

So, did you find a pet that's perfect for you? If not, don't worry! There are still tons of other pet options to be explored. Maybe you prefer bigger pets, like horses, cows, or donkeys. Or, maybe you'd prefer a bird like a parrot, parakeet, or even chickens. Whatever it is, don't give up, in time you will find the perfect pet, just be patient.

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