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Best Pet For A Novice Owner

Updated on May 3, 2016
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Setting up an aquarium can be expensive, but once it's established, fish are very easy and inexpensive to care for. Many people decide on fish as a first pets to see if they will be responsible enough to consider something larger. They provide entertainment and relaxation as they swim back and forth throughout the aquarium.

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Photo by Pixabay


Cats are a common choice for many people who decide to care for a pet for the first time. They are inexpensive to feed and house and while they love attention, they don't require it to be happy. Cats are fairly independent, finding ways to entertain themselves. They are quite happy curled up on the lap of the owner or playing with a moving toy. Cats adapt well to living indoors, outdoors or both, making them a great choice for a first-timer.


Some of the smaller breeds of birds such as Finches, Parakeets or Cockatiels can make great first pets. For the more timid, Finches are a great choice because they prefer to not be handled. Having a cage with two or three can provide hours of entertainment without having to give individual attention to make them happy. Parakeets and Cockatiels are a common first pet because they can be taught to say limited words and phrases. However, if the owner is interested in handling the bird, it's important to purchase one that has been tamed beforehand.

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Photo by Pixabay


Hamsters are a common choice for those entering the world of pet ownership. They are small, cute and can entertain themselves. When purchased at a young age, they can become easy to handle. They are inexpensive and require only minimal care to ensure the cage is kept clean. They are quiet, making them a great choice for those living in apartments.

Rats make some people squeal with fear, but many prefer these over hamsters. They are intellegent and can be affectionate, or can be perfectly happy by itself. They live a little longer than hamsters, providing longer enjoyment for their owners.


While dogs require more work to keep them healthy and fit, many people prefer dogs over other animals. Typically, the smaller the dog the less work involved in raising it. However, if space isn't an issue, some of the larger breeds such as Labrador or Golden Retrievers are very loyal, playful and affectionate.

Every person is different when it comes to choosing a new pet. A first-time pet owner may have several concerns that will direct their choices. However, when it comes to meeting a pet face to face, love usually wins out and the right choice is obvious. Finding the pet that is right for the whole family will bring happiness for both man and animal.

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