Thursday, November 6, 2008

Pets, the Perfect Pals

So I twas writing the other day and decided to do something really random. An article about how to find the right pet! When I was looking for a pet to get, it was hard deciding which one and all, but I finally decided on a dog. So, when a school assignment came up, my topic was choosing pets. If any information is wrong, please comment to correct me.

Finding a good pet depends on the owner’s time, money, and preference. There are many kinds of pets, and each one has different needs that the owner has to be able to take care of. The most common pets are dogs, cats, birds, rodents, reptiles, and amphibians.
The first category of pets is dogs. Dogs come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. They can be loyal and loving, and they can also be kept at the same time as a tough guard dog. There are indoor dogs that require a lot of time, care, and food with the veterinarian check-ups, which require money. Outdoor dogs do not require as much time or care, but usually need more food and about the same number of vet visits. Of course, there is always cleanup. Indoor dogs shed more, but outdoor dogs generally require more of the undesirable picking up after. All in all, dogs are great pets for people who are home a lot and tend to get lonely, or families with kids who are looking for a pet that is tolerant of pushing and tugging from the kids.
Another popular pet is the cat. They can be cuddly and cute or be kept wild to keep the mice or rats away. Cats do not require as much time as dogs because they are generally quite independent. They do require care, varying from the length of their fur and on their breed. Of course, the owner has to pay for food, medical care, and kitty litter. Cats are easier to clean up than dogs, for the owner would know where to go to empty and fill the litter box periodically to make their cat happy along with their sense of smell. Cats are also ideal for people who cannot spend much time at home, or families with older children, since babies and toddlers love to pull on the cat, which the felines are not especially fond of.
Thirdly, birds are good pets that are famous for their colorful plumage, and, at times, for speaking, though they are more of a repeating machine than something to carry a conversation with. They are fun companions that can cheer a person up after a hard day of work of school. Though birds do not require too much time, they can get lonely. Many people purchase birds in pairs of two, but that usually means double the effort and cost. They only require a cage, some toys, and food. Cleanup does need to take place, and it is usually just cleaning the bottom of the cage and putting in more newspaper at the bottom or some other material. Birds can also be noisy, but at most times it can be solved by putting a dark cloth over the cage for a short period of time. Birds are compatible for almost any pet seeker.
Rodents are generally kept as cute companions. They require a cage, food, and some extra playthings. They do not require much time, and therefore are ideal for kids learning the responsibility of having a pet and want a good alternative to the ever-popular pet rock.
Fish are also good pets for someone who is always busy. In the beginning, they may cost more money because of the initial setup of the tank. The fish themselves may be pretty pricey also, but once the tank is established, they are very enjoyable and do not require much.
Lastly, reptiles and amphibians are scaly or slimy creatures that people of all ages and preferences keep. They require about the same amount of care and time as rodents do, but it depends on the money. Some reptiles eat vegetables, while some eat small, live animals or insects.
All in all, there are many pets to choose from, and many owners for pets. Dogs are loyal and loving. Cats are mysterious and affectionate. Birds are fun and amusing. Rodents are cute and small. Reptiles and amphibians are cool and fun to watch. Fish are colorful and pretty. All animals kept as pets have different needs and temperances, but are all great pets for anyone to keep.

So now, this presents a question. What is your favorite pet? I've started a poll, so feel free to vote!

God Bless,


Sarah said...

Awesome report!!

My fav animals

Equines (horses, ponies, donkeys, ect..)
Canines (Dogs, Wolves, ect..)
Sugar Gliders (just got one a week ago! :):)

oh, and big cats (tigers, lions, ect..)

but I voted on the poll:

reptiles (snakes)
and other (horses and sugar gliders)

~Girl of Many Colors~ said...

Hey, thanks Sarah! It needs to be sent to peoples I don't even know to be graded, so I was a little nervous.

I so totally love horses too! What's your favorite equine?

Tibby said...

Wow that's a really good report!!! My fave animals are horses, guinea pigs, and dogs. And polar bears :)

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