What animal makes the best pet?
What do you consider to be the best pet? Why do you think that owning this animal is rewarding.
I consider myself pretty much a dog person. I never met one I didn't like and they are equally friendly toward me. So I have to say a dog makes the best pet. I also like other animals and a cat would be my next choice. I have always had both dogs and cats around me my whole life as well as most any type of farm animal one can think of.
I think it depends on the person, as different creatures tend to have different temperaments. In general those which have lived with humans the longest - cats, and dogs - are probably the most emotionally accessible and understandable.
I think having any animal is inherently rewarding because it is one of the few actions in our lives which teaches and encourages true selflessness. Petting and caring for an animal is done purely for the well-being of something other than ourselves, and in that we become happier and better.
I would have to go with dogs since I have always been a dog person. They are loyal and good companions. It's fun to come home to a big greeting!
Cats make the best pets. They're always there for you when you need them, and you can take pleasure in feeding, grooming, and playing with them. I have two beautiful Ragdoll cats that bring great joy to my life.
Personally I like dogs best since they are there for you and provide great companionship. I realize they are not for everyone, of course. My tegu (a type of lizard) has all of the characteristics of a good cat--you can pet him if you want, feed him, play with him, take care of him, and of course he could care less if you ceased to exist as long as someone else was there to feed him.
Geese are also great, as they are ecologically correct and keep the lawn mowed without burning up gasoline. Horses are super for some people, as they provide companionship as well as being useful in a lot of ways. A lot of people do not consider goats as pets but they are also excellent to have around and lighten up the day!
I feel that it depends on the person. For example, I own rats and, before I did, I never would have realized how friendly they are and how much I adore them. They are constantly cleaning themselves and are very social and tameable. But then, I also love dogs. If you would rather have a pet that requires less looking after and is more independent, you might like cats better. Overall, I prefer fluffy critters as pets.
The lowest maintenance pet is definitely freshwater fish, but I think that the best companion is a dog. They are smart, can play, can do tricks, can protect you, etc. Plus, there are many studies that show that owning a dog will add healthy years to your life.
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