A pet can refer to an animal kept primarily for a person’s company, protection, or entertainment. These are different from working animals like donkeys, livestock or laboratory animals. Pets are most times seen as an attraction to their owners, this is because of the extra care given to them.
Some of the most popular pets include; dogs, cats, pigs, red foxes, ferrets, rabbits, rodents such as gerbils, hamsters, chinchillas, fancy rats, and guinea pigs; avian pets, birds like; parrots, fowl; reptiles such as; turtles, lizards and snakes; aquatic pets such as; fish, freshwater and saltwater aquatic snails, frogs, tarantulas, hermit crabs, and many other species.
Pets are said to be helpful and provide owners with both social, physical and emotional benefits. However a question of whether to have or not have a pet have been gradually raised. There are both advantages and disadvantages of pet keeping. This therefore shows reasons as to why one should keep or not keep a pet.
To have a pet
Pets are known to reduce stress especially for the owner. They act as companions (best friend) even in the worst moods. They always lighten up the moods. For instance, a cat or dog always give time to their owners by cuddling with them.
They are always around when other people are not, giving love and gratitude that one can ask for.
Many are known to be great entertainers for instance, dogs, cats and birds. These have been seen trained into entertainers who can dance and play around thus entertaining the owner. It is said that one can never be bored with a pet around.
Just like a child, they need care thus improving the owner’s sense of responsibility.
Not to have a pet
However much they may seem nice and beneficial, one needs to consider a number of things before settling for a pet. That is to say;
Pets require a lot of care and maintenance, therefore one should be extremely committed to it. It is not only about playing with the pet or cuddling, they demand time consuming work. For instance, some pets like dogs need walks on a regular basis, they need to be fed and so on.
In terms of finances, pets can be costly in the long run. For instance, there are costs that cannot be avoided like, veterinary bills, food, habitats such as cages, grooming costs. All these have to be put into consideration before getting a pet.
There are also some health problems associated with pets like allergies. Most people do not know they are allergic to some animals until they have them. This may become a serious health issue if the owner or the people in the house are allergic to a particular pet.
There are a number of reasons as to why one should have or not have a pet, these should be greatly considered in the short or long run.