Want a Pet But Can't Have a Dog?

From Drugs.com - October 31, 2017

Want a Pet But Ca not Have a Dog?

TUESDAY, Oct. 31, 2017 -- Want a family pet, but ca not have a dog? There are plenty of other great pet options.

A first choice for many families is a cat. As with dogs, there are different breeds and personalities as well as grooming needs, such as with long-haired cats.

Generally, a mellow cat is a good choice if you have young kids.

Since kittens are fragile, consider adopting an adult cat if you have a baby or toddler. Getting an adult cat lets you pick one with specific qualities that are not evident in a kitten.

Gerbils and guinea pigs can make great pets for families with older kids. Since hamsters tend to nip, they are not a good choice if you have little ones.

If you are considering fish, cold-water fish like goldfish are the easiest to care for because they do not need a heated tank. But if you have the time and budget, tropical fish can be fascinating.

Birds make cheerful pets. The most popular bird pets are budgies. They are smart, love their families, and can often be taught to speak.

The playful ferret is a popular pet, but is not legal in some areas, so check first.

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