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Consider these pets on your first salvo of pet ownership

 

Pets are often a delightful addition to almost any owner’s life and home. In fact, numerous studies have come to the conclusion that pet ownership is very helpful in reducing stress. However, with a pet industry as vast as the animal kingdom itself, it can be a challenge to figure which is the best pet for you, especially if you are going to own one for the first time.

Along with novelty of being a pet owner is a great deal of responsibility, as animals are of other living beings that need to be cared for when taken in as pets. So while it may take time to figure which type of pet suits your lifestyle, schedule, and manner of ownership, the following are a couple of recommended pets which you can begin with.

 

Guinea Pigs

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Guinea Pigs

 

While the similar cute factor can make a case for hamsters and mice, guinea pigs win out in the best pets among the rodent family. These furry creatures are large enough to be handled without worry of hurting them, yet are small enough to be easily housed in a cage or terrarium. There are also more colors of guinea pigs to choose from when compared to mice and hamsters.

They are relatively easy to maintain, requiring only daily food and water, as well the weekly cleaning of their cages and the paper bedding within. Along with their soft and easy to care for fur, guinea pigs make the most adorable sounds when expressing themselves. Ideal for pets and adults alike, they are also easy to travel with, and most pet stores offer the needed supplies and services for their care.

 

Small Snakes

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Small Snakes

 

Commonly an afterthought for first-time pets, or just pets in general, small snakes actually make for good beginner pets. While still an involved type of animal, snakes are a little less needy than guinea pigs and others. A slight downside, however, may be how much they cost, as they are not the most common pet in the store.

An owner can make back their investment with a snake’s diet, as they only need to eat at least once a week or handful of days. While more sensitive pet owners may find having to source mice and other rodents for their snake, and be the one to feed it themselves, the low maintenance nature of snakes can appeal to other busier owners.

 

Turtles

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Turtles

 

Another low-maintenance pet only needing a terrarium for living space are turtles. Able to walk, swim, hide in its shell, turtles are ideal for owners who want an interactive pet. Most turtles also have significantly lengthy lifespans, which makes them a good choice for parents who want to forego explaining to their kids often why certain pets have passed on.

Depending on their size, multiple turtles can be fit into one terrarium (buy four and name them Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, and Raphael). They can also be taken out of time to time to walk wider landscapes. One of the more common pets outside cats, dogs, and fishes, supplies for turtle care are also relatively easy to source.

Pug

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Pug

 

There’s no denying that dogs are one of the most desired pets in the world, so much so that even the most novice of pet owners would consider taking on the large responsibility of caring for one. Among the numerous breeds, pugs are the most recommended by experts, given the dog’s low maintenance nature yet are active enough to make first time ownership for any new dog lover.

While breeds like Golden Retrievers are similarly as active and good with children and other people, pugs are considered the better first-time pet due to their size and shorter fur. They are ideal for almost any size home, but of course still, have to be taken out for their regular adventure and exercise.

Fish

 

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Fish

 

Then we’re here, ending the recommended pets for first-time owners list with single simplest and easiest animal to care for. Anyone with room for a tank or bowl which can hold a gallon, or under four liters, of water can own and care for a fish, and the only thing left is to decide on which breed.

It is best to ask the experts at your local pet stores which fish are best to own. Betta fish, for example, are some of the resilient breeds, meaning their biology is often not too affected by the differences in water chemistry. These types are most recommended as you can source their water from almost anywhere. Replacing the water, cleaning the tank or bow periodically, and feeding the fish regularly is almost all anyone would need to do to successfully care for pet fish.

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