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Types of Pets; Puppies, Cats or Even Chickens

Updated on March 27, 2011

Family Pets

As I grew up, I was very lucky that I had several puppies, cats and some fish. It was fun and I enjoyed all the pets through my childhood. However, now that I am older, have a family and I live on a small farm, I am trying to decide what pets and/or animals to have for my family and farm. There are a lot of animals for sale and a lot that you can go and pick up at shelters. After doing so much research, I have realized that there are so many pets to choose from, and so much to think about before you make the final decision.

Ricky The Rooster
Ricky The Rooster

Pets, Puppies and Cats!

During my research I found there are a lot of options and I wanted to share these options with you;

Pets in the home; The kind of home you create and live in has a lot to do with what kind of pet animals you want. Puppies, kittens, dogs, cats, birds, and fish are the easiest to care for and can live in almost any kind of home.

Before choosing any pet animal, specifically a puppy or dog, make sure it’s the right size for your home. I have a big golden retriever because I have a large home with lots of land. But if you live in a condo, you may want to consider a smaller dog. When I was growing up we lived in a subdivision, which we had basset hounds, they were easy and great indoor pets. Plus, they didn’t require a large area for exercising.

Cats or kittens do not depend on their masters as much as dogs. Cats are more independent and a lot of people like that better than having a dog. Cats actually require more exercise then dogs do. I always had outside cats but my husband grew up with cats that stayed inside. I am not sure which is best but what I do know is that cats are great to have to kill all the critters around the house, like bugs, spiders, mice and insects. I have cats and it is a true benefit because they get rid of all the critters.

Birds or various kinds of birds make great indoor pets for apartments or small homes. They live in cages, that take little space and their singing, beauty, and antics will please just about anybody. Canaries sing songs, and they are mostly pleasant and happy creatures. Finches also have musical voices and they are bright in colors. The Parakeet, one of the most popular birds, can learn to talk, and say many words. The play with toys, walk the tightrope and just an overall happy playful animal.

Farm Animals

Choosing Farm Pets; On farms there are many types of pets to have, such as lambs, rabbits, kids, and pigs. Baby chickens and ducklings are often on farms too, but after they grow up they are more independent. But chickens and ducks are funny creatures and make a lot of noise but still, wonderful to have on a farm. The most popular animal on a farm are ponies and horses. A lot of farm families will raise cows and pigs but have many other farm animals around. They can be very helpful and beneficial to the farm. However, most farm animals make good pets. Many zoos have children’s petting zoo areas for kids to pet geese, goats, ducks and sometimes other animals. Whatever you decide make sure the farm animals are gentle and kind and enjoy being outside and around children.

On my farm, we settled for chickens which produce eggs and roosters because we love to hear them crow in the mornings. We have cows and they are friendly, funny animals too.

Exotic or Unusual Pets; Many kinds of wild animals have been caught and tamed for pets over the centuries. Some people even tame lions and bears and make them a household pet. I am not a big fan of unusual pets, but my friend has rattlesnakes and many other exotic pets. Circus men often make pets of elephants and lions, some camels and other unusual animals. Some people like frogs, turtles, lizards and iguana’s. I have known people who have had monkey’s, very mischievous; raccoon’s, very playful and skunk’s, aren’t that friendly. Whatever you prefer, just make sure you check with your state conservation department before adopting a wild animal or bird to make as a household pet.

Before buying a pet, learn as much as possible about the pet and its kind and/or bred. Make sure the animal can live in the space you are providing, plus, you can live with it in that amount of space as well. Keep in mind, that when researching puppies and kittens, you can choose purebred animals to know their history more specifically or the almighty mutt that we have all had and loved. My best recommendation is to get the pet when it’s a baby and nurture it through a long healthy, happy life with you and your family.


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      喵呜 9 months ago


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      meow48 7 years ago from usa

      thankyou for such a wonderful informative hub... take care.

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      Ladybird33 7 years ago from Fabulous USA

      Eiddwen, great comment and I can tell you like animals, thank you for taking the time to read and comment!

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      Eiddwen 7 years ago from Wales

      Thank you so much for sharing this well written and informative hub. It deals with a subject very close to my heart; Animals and nature. Take care.

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      Ladybird33 7 years ago from Fabulous USA

      oliversmum, thank you for sharing your comment and that you help these abused animals, that is wonderful and I hope all will do that or at least consider it. Pets are wonderful to have for your home, your family and yourself. Thank you again!

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      oliversmum 7 years ago from australia

      Ladybird33. Hi. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this hub.

      You have given folks so much information on how to choose the right pet for any given situation.

      Our pets have mostly been dogs, and no matter what shape or size we always have them indoors, and every one has come from a Shelter.

      I have no time for any one who mistreats and Animal, there is just no reason or excuse.

      Thank you so much for sharing this hub with us. I loved it. :) :)

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      Ladybird33 7 years ago from Fabulous USA

      Marilyn, I think it is important to educate people on the abuse of animals, that is why I published your comment. Animals need much love after they are abused one way or another. Thank you

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      Marilyn 7 years ago

      When you choose a pet - you are taking on the responsibility for the rest of his or her lifetime.. Rescue pets are no different from other pets - they too need to be looked after, loved and cherished. The difference with rescue pets is that humans have already let them down at least once...They must NEVER be let down again ! If you would like to read about one couples small effort at animal rescue, please check out

      Thank You....

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      Ladybird33 8 years ago from Fabulous USA

      Rihanna, I have heard about pet cruetly and it makes me sick to my stomach! Love your puppy, they only have unconditional love to give to you in return.

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      Rihanna 8 years ago

      I have 1 puppy it is a cavalier king charles spaniel he is the nicest pet ever! Did u ever hear about pet cruelty?

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      Ladybird33 8 years ago from Fabulous USA

      Lady Gaga, I believe chickdens are a must for every family. Having fresh eggs are wonderful! Thanks for stopping by.

      Amy, yep, you are exactly right! Wish everyone thought that way. Hope you are well.

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      Amy 8 years ago

      Good article! It is different for many people, what they expect of a pet and what type they prefer. Tolerance levels also make a difference ; ) Monkeys can be very mischevious by human standards but really just being monkeys lol.

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      Lady Gaga 8 years ago

      I had 4 chickens and everyday they use to lay 4 eggs.

      they were grate. i naw have 2 birds.

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      Ladybird33 8 years ago from Fabulous USA

      Which4u, thank you so much for reading and yes your are right about the pecking order!

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      Which4u 8 years ago from Leicester, UK

      I always find cats are easy to keep and very affectionate. I grew up with dogs, cats and chickens...all living together in harmony. Funny as this is a direct route down the pecking order!

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      Ladybird33 8 years ago from Fabulous USA

      lyricsingray, Thank you, I do love animals and tender hearted because I have several strays :)

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      lyricsingray 8 years ago

      Shows a great kindness in animal lovers, which you seem to be, great Hub, thanks! Kimberly

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      Ladybird33 8 years ago from Fabulous USA

      Thank you Cala for commenting, you have a lot of animals. Very nice of you.

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      Cala 8 years ago

      o and in case that looked like penguin its not its pigeons i spelled it wrong :O

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      cala 8 years ago

      i have lots of animals problaby 300 i got a rabbit cats pegiuns chickens love birds pigs feral pigs mice a snake fish umm...dogs cats 2opposums.....i think thats all o wait!!A horse a mini pony 4donkeys and about 20cows

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      dennisematt 8 years ago

      I have Rode Island Reds, Black Stars, and recently we got Buff Orpingtons, Gold Laced Wyandotts, and Barred Rocks. I love my chickens. They are so friendly and funny to watch.And they give me eggs!!

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      ralwus 8 years ago

      A donkey may help you keep predators away from you chickens. Guinea Fowl are great 'watch dogs' too.

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      Ladybird33 8 years ago from Fabulous USA

      Do you like? and how long have you had?

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      Ladybird33 8 years ago from Fabulous USA

      Melinda, it is funny how the dogs become the companions later on for us.

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      msorensson 8 years ago

      So true about cats and dogs. I am allergic to cats. We have two dogs, a black labrador years old and a mutt Russell terrier. Both belong to my son.

      In the beginning I was hesitant to get them but my son is my only child and I thought it would be good for him to have company. Little did I know that dogs are very high maintenance so I ended up having three children instead.

      Now that my son is a teenager he is out all the time and I am grateful for the company of the dogs.


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