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IND-Pets- Types Of Pets You Can Have At Home

Updated: Jul 22, 2022

Imagine having a hard day at work and you go back home with a lot of stress and pressure of your long day. But as you open the door and the first thing you see is your pet, which vanishes all your work stress and pressure you were complaining about minutes back. This is one of the major perks of having a pet. The benefits of owning a pet are considerable.

Let’s take a look at pets you can have at home.

Here are some 5 best pets for your home (according to me):

  1. Dogs

  2. Cats

  3. Fishes

  4. Hamsters/Guinea Pigs

  5. Birds

1. Dogs

The first to be stated is the world’s famous, Man’s Best Friend. When you get a dog, you get unconditional love, constant entertainment and devoted companionship for free. Spending time with your furry friend does wonders to your well-being. Dogs make you feel happy, they make less feel less alone, they are good for your heart, they help with stress and cope with crisis and they make you more attractive and social

Though there are a great many favourite dog breeds around, there are also many Indian dog breeds you can adopt too!

2. Cats

Cats are the world’s most popular pets that outnumbered dogs. They are convenient. They groom themselves, they need no training and they can be left alone. A cat has the ability to both, calm your nervous system and provide an immediate outlet for fun and play. Any cat parent will tell you just how much their furry friend helps them to relax and unwind.

The benefits of having cats are: they are good companions as well as good listeners, their purring helps you heal faster, they lower your stress and anxiety, and they have long life spans.

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3. Fishes

Getting a pet fish is perfect for people who don’t have time or space for other pets. Taking care of fishes can be easy and tough, but our silent friends entertain us by moving around. You can start with beginner fishes that are low maintenance such as, goldfishes, bettas, mollies, neon tetras and zebra fish. The temperature has to be set accordingly and fed at intervals. And don’t forget their tanks need to be cleaned too.

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4. Hamsters and Guinea Pigs

Guinea pigs and hamsters belong to the order of Rodentia – which are called rodents. They may share the same order but not the same family. Guinea pigs belong to Caviidae family while hamsters belong to the Cricetidae family.

Hamsters are small in size and very cute. They are also known as the ‘starter pet’. There are two main species of hamsters: the Syrian (golden) hamsters and the Siberian (dwarf) hamsters. Syrian hamsters are solitary by nature. Never put them together after their 10 weeks old. Siberian hamsters can leave with each other if they are introduced since a young age. They eat grains, seeds, fruits and vegetables. And they need fresh drinking water. There are some drawbacks in getting a hamster.

Guinea pigs grow up to 8-12 inches long and weigh up to 500-1500 grams. They eat vegetable and don’t require water if moist food is provided to them, but they definitely need water when you provide them with dry food. Guinea pigs are long term commitments, they are social and need large cages, they are quite at time and are easy to train, and they require Vitamin C.

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5. Birds

Feathered pets can be fascinating additions to the family. Like all the other pets, birds also come in different species, such as parakeet, cockatiels, lovebirds, finches, canaries and the list just goes on. Some birds rely on packed food such as seeds and grains where as others need protein in the form of insects. While getting a bird, first match the size, temperament, attitude, activity level and life span with your family, your home and the amount of time you are going to spend with the pet. Pick birds that are bright, alert and active. Along with pros of having a pet bird, comes cons too!

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