Top 10 Best House Pets


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I think dogs are friendly and loving. As they say " A mans best friend is a dog" I agree. I have the cutest cairn terrier. He is loving and when we take him for walks he always gets complements on how cute he is. He also does not tear up the carpet and make foot prints in the carpet. When has wet feet he knows he has wet he runs into his cage and waits until he has dry feet. So dogs are definitely a great house pet.
Beautiful, dutiful, happy, good, loyal, bests friend, playful, loves you the way you are, protects family, there for you when you are sad, know to show best greetings when you come home! I LOVE THEM SO MUCH!


Man's best friend! Will always be there for you, eager to obey, loving, loyal. If you want a pet to be part of the family, no animal can take the dog's place. Horses and other farm animals are too big to live 24/7 in the house with you, caged/tanked animals like fish, birds, reptiles, etc can't always be with you when you're watching T.V., going for a jog, at night curled next to you, etc. Cats are pretty darn close, but when it comes down to it, it's really the dog that shines as the most family-type pet.
Good dive animal pets and so cute
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Cats are so much better than dogs because:
-Cats clean themselves and have better hygiene
-Cats don't need to be walked, but sometimes you can train them to take walks outside (I've seen it before)
-Cats can learn just as many tricks as dogs. My grandma's old cat used to play fetch all the time.
-Cats can sit on your lap. Only small dogs can do this.
-Cats don't wake your neighbors.
-You don't need to take them out every few hours JUST to go to the bathroom.
-Cats are much cuter than dogs.
-Dogs kill and hurt people more in a year than cats would in a lifetime. I would know, since my mom got attacked by a pitbull (God, I hate large dogs like those).
-Cats are safer than dogs. Meaning, they are most likely not to pounce on guests or scare kids. My little brother is afraid of dogs but he thinks my cats are adorable.
-Cats can get feisty, but you will barely get hurt. When my cats are feisty, they barely make a scratch.
-Cats can nibble on your arms! Well, at least mine can. My chubby cat always loves nibbling and licking arms. It's so cute.
-Cats are overall easier to take care of.
-You can take them outside too. My old neighbor's cat always went on our driveway and we'd brush her without a problem. It was so friendly.
-Japan loves cats. I love anime and everything about Japan, and the cats in their animes are just so adorable!
-Cats can be clumsy, but it's always adorable or hilarious. Adorious.

There are MILLIONS of reasons why cats are better than dogs. People just don't realize them. I'm actually afraid of dogs, since my first experience with one. It wasn't too big or small. It was medium, I forgot what kind, but it bit me and I remember it hurting so bad. My mom had to go to the hospital because of the pitbull attack. So think about how fun it would to have a cat. I've grown up with cats my whole life and I'll always love them!
Cats are very loving and snuggly, but also independent, so you don't have to provide them all of your attention all of the time like you do with a lot of dogs. They are self-sufficient for the most part, able to be left alone for a weekend trip and never need to be "walked" at 2AM in the snow. I have had several cats that also enjoyed learning tricks, including "fetch" and "shake, " although I wouldn't consider this the norm.
By the way by statistics the amount of cats found in homes is much greater than dogs. There is most likely to be more than one cat in a cat household, rather than a dog in a dog household. CATS AND TORTOISES RULE! My cat(male)- Johnik(Johnny) and tortoise(female)-Jessica! LOVE!
So much sweeter than dogs
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Beautiful animals, friendly, funny ears and always twitching.
they are so soft and cute!

Rabbits are so cute and mine follows me around the house they are really good pets so go and buy one
They are one of the most misunderstood of pets. Beautiful, loving, sociable and can be litterbox trained (mine is).
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Hamsters are good pets I've had one before. I'm thinking about getting one more because there so easy to look after and there cheep. Hamsters are not good for children under 6. I have a friend that breeds them and he says that there very easy to breed so unless you what baby's keep males and females apart also don't put two males together because they will fight once my cousins hamster almost died. So I would recommend a hamster as a pet.
I just love hamsters so much!

I had a hamster and they are adorable and easy to take care of they are also soft and cuddly.
The best pet ever
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Blue tongue skinks are the BEST lizard to have as a pet. Very docile and you don't have to feed bugs! They eat dog food and vegi's! (With calcium and vitamin supplements. ) You don't have to feed them every day. They love to cuddle. Best of all, they live up to 25 years!
I have a leopard gecko and I can honestly say I think it's the best pet anybody can have!
My favorite lizard is bearded dragon
So bearded dragon should be 1 not to be mean
Love idea as pet
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Ferrets are like a combination of a cat and a dog only better! So agile and playful, they can even be trained to come when called or do tricks. Their little ferret dance is always a blast to watch and their curiosity forever getting them into adorable awkward situations. If ever something goes missing, check your ferrets stash, it's almost certain the little carpet sharks decided it belongs to him now. Need less space than both dogs and cats, and have so much character, love them
Because ferrets are so playful, and energetic, and if you tame them, whenever you call them they will listen to you
My ferret bubbles is the weirdest little thing in the world. She steals my shoes, hides all the plastic bags in the house, runs around with an angry bird plushy and she hisses at my toes. Ugh.. But I love her haha
Its really a it can very special animal maybe but how do it can be a combination of a cat and dog
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Birds are much more cost-effective and easy to take care of in comparison to what they have to offer. Many birds can be just as social as dogs in cats, and much more than rabbits. They best part about birds is that they are extremely easy to breed and the babies are not hard to raise.
I love the kinds of birds that you can teach how 2 talk!

I have a yellow sided conure (male) named Cookie! He is the sweetest thing, he's sooo funny! He dances and always wants to be the center of attention, when a had a female green cheek named Kiwi, he would try to look big when someone walked by, by puffing his chest feathers. He is very playful, and NEVER bites! We had to give Kiwi away though because they were starting to get really aggressive. Cookie doesn't bite anymore though, and, if you wanted to get a bird, get a yellow-sided conure, or any time of parrot! They are VERY playful, and talk, so cute))! Don't get a canarie or stuff like that because they are dumb, and bite, they are pretty much decor! Also if you wanted a Love Bird, they bite a lot at first but otherwise playful! OVERALL GET EITHER A PARROT OR LOVE BIRD! THE BEST PARROTS ARE THE COKATUE (probably misspelled) CONURE WHICH IS NOT THAT BIG AND NOISY OR AfricaN GREY, PS MY BIRD GREETS ME
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Easy to take of and make great pets.

Amazing as geckos
I used 2 have a turtle it was so cool

All you have to do is feed them every few days and you can play with them all the time! Also evermonth you hqve to clean there tank and that's all! I would definitely reccommend a turtle
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9Sugar Glider
Little squirrel like animal doesn't "fly" but jumps long distances using spread skin. Very Friendly. Sleeps in a small pouch or bag and can be trained to sit in a bag around your neck or in your pocket. (brought one to school in the pouch under my jacket and nobody knew. ) Nocturnal. When in pain or afraid of danger the animal lets out a growl or small squeak-ish noise to warn you. Very Good Housepet. But be aware although friendly the animal needs great attention and cleaning. If you don't spend great amounts of time with the animal he/she will create a hate toward you and begin to bite or get scared or mean towards you.
I used to have a pair of sugar glider! They are really loyal but however they both pass away due to illness, R.I.P.
I think they are really friendly and easy to take care of.
Cute can't wait to get one
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10Guinea Pig
Great pets! They are really lovely and cute and are great with children!

It's an absolutely great pet to have!
I used to have 1 and he was the best pet I've ever had, and considering I've had horses, birds, dogs, cats, hamsters, and even lizards, it was a tough choice. But truthfully, I believe they're really the best and easiest to keep. They don't take much work but plenty of attention.
Piggies are wonderful pets as long as there is a watchful adult or older child minding them. They are cute and fluffy and so often misjudged. They don't bite and are generally very docile especially if they have been socialized from a young age.
How are ferrets above Guinea pigs? Guinea pigs rule
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11Hermit Crab
I have them and thought they were a good idea at first but I was totally wrong. If you want a pet that will interact with you they are not the right one for you, at least in my case. They hide most of the time and aren't to keen on interaction (hence their name being HERMIT crabs). I also feel, in my opinion, they are way more work then their worth; it is recommended to change their cage bedding weekly and food and water daily, my parents are divorced so I simply am not able to follow that schedule. Even my local pet store employee advised me that I wouldn't like them. She was right and I should have listened! Once again this is my experience and my opinion don't get your panties in a bunch if you absolutely love hermit crabs and think I'm crazy this is just my opinion you're entitled to yours as I am entitled to mine.
They are awesome easy to take care of weird and funny I had them for 1-2 years. you can take them out of their cage they get scared really easy. I am only 9 years old and I took care of them for a while they don't bother. and like to climb on bar cages.
Awesome good pets I have one their quiet except at night the move around be careful they might pinch!
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Easy, relaxing, pretty, and an all around fun hobby! Fish are great for those not wanting to invest too much money or time into a pet.
Fish are easy and fun pets that can be a great addition to any kind of family
Obviously I'll get a fish whichever sexy person wants a fish and it's a man call me I really need a d8.and we have the same choice laugh out loud! We can live 2gethoer and we can keep the fish together and we can have some sex my favorite thing in the worldπŸ’›πŸ’™πŸ’œπŸ’šβ€οΈπŸ’ - πŸ’"πŸ’•πŸ’–πŸ’žπŸ’˜πŸ’ŒπŸ’‹
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Awesome pets playful
Awesome can be very easy to handle but you must get them use to your type of handleing
Also can be hard to take care of but can be easy for some people.
I have a leopard and he is awesome
Stryker my Lepord gecko is the best friend I've ever had.
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I just got a male chinchilla and he is the sweetest animal I have ever had, I would recommend one to any home.
Chinchillas are the best of rodents...
I love chinchillas because they are so cute and fun
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Like every animal every individual snake has different personalities. I have a ball python and a boa both friendly and love gentle human attention.. BUT one likes to venture and mingle from one person to the next and the other I can just leave on the lawn and he won't move till I come back :)

But any ways very independent. Doesn't beg for attention. And adults eat any where from 2 weeks- 3months... But I wouldn't try starve them that long the tend to "hibernate" in northern climates. That being said they need HEAT to live though.

My dad used to breed our snakes but they were all our pets and so interesting and friendly!
I love snake I had 2 ball pythons and the were gentle and very good
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They're very social and curious animals. Great for house pets. Take very little matinence and have little health problems
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I Had a gerbil for 6 years and he was such a delight! My daughter loved him as well and they rarely bite. They are most of the time tame And live long
I had a gerbil and they were the worst pet I have ever heard of! And after 4 years... one of them ate the other one!
Gerbils are so cute now I gave you that Β£20 please
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Many people see mice as smelly gross rodents but from my experience, mice are very playful and are very adventurous. Mice don't smell as bad as you think however this is said if you clean their cage weekly. Mice can be trained as well as rats and ferrets. Mice are very cute and love making little warm beds in small containers. It is recommended to buy two or more mice of the same gender, these little friends love to cuddle up to each other and clean themselves often.
Mice are the best because the only cost about Β£/$50 and are small and the comment above is not true. You need to get either 1 male or 3 females. I have one male!

Pygmy goats are adorable loving they will love you just as much as you cat or dog and yes they do cost a bit but it is all worth it for a friend for life

I like starfish but I dreamed I found one at the beach and when I woke up, the starfish was gone... Goodbye, starfish. ):

I really want one and it sounds so good but I'm not sure if it's illegal in Melbourne sooo...
I have one that has Benn living with me for 3 years. They are very easy to take care of, my chimpanzee is trained and fun to have. Also its fun for kids older than 6 or 7.

Chickens are very easy to take care of!
1. They eat nearly everything! (even fish and some seeds! )
2. A chicken doesn't shed its feathers much.
3. Chickens are very nice they will almost never peck you! :)
4. Hens lay about 30 eggs a month! Well only if you feed them their eating limit! ;)
5. Once you have roosters/cocks, you don't need an alarm they just wake you up by shouting, COCK-A-DOODLE-DO! At 5:00 A.M. they are such early birds! That's all the reasons why you should have a chicken! Have fun playing with your new chicken! Advice:you should buy a chick because chicks live longer than adult ones and chickens only live up to 2-3 years but you can still enjoy playing with the 30 chicks!

I have an alpaca even though I live in northern Ireland

Pigeons have a homing device! When you get lost in a dark, damp, forest, a pigeon will lead you home! Scientist don't know how they remember but some think pigeons are relying on the wind, moon, or sun. They are sorta cute! Why have compass on you hand when you hot a pigeon on your shoulder! Its feel like having a smart flying sidekick! Once you get one, you feel like having 2!

I'm talking one that can chill on your shoulder, it would be sweet to train it to play beer pong and take bong rips

Degus are amazing. they are dead cute and friendly. they get used to their envirments quickely and easily and are not hard to look after xx

I don't want a pet scorpion! It can hurt me!
One I saw these gross scorpion suckers
My uncel has a scorpion
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My cousin has one name stubbery they're awesome pets their behavior are like fish except pinching you so its still a best pet to have at your home.
I got one from school

I know you think shrimp are boring but like fish, they are really fun to watch! They are pros when it comes to swimming! Why watch T.V. when you have tiny fish-like friends right in you pond, fish tank or fish bowl!
Literally one of the best pets ever feed them 3-4 days a week and you don't have to clean the water and you cn use any container

Easy to take care of and is funny looking. These come in all sorts of different colour varieties and very easy to keep. Has to be in the top 20.

Ants are small. Just keep it in sight and don't feed it Turkey or other ants after midnight or it will turn into an evil gremlin
Literally easiest pets ever

I was in holiday in my Turkey it was nice

Most people think that rats are gross! Wrong! Pet rats are extremely clean animals and I have never seen my rat dirty. They are low maintenance and are so sweet! Trust me if you have a pet rat you will never regret it. The only down sider to these cute little things is that they have a short life span.
I would say these pets are very social and lovable. I have 2 and they are amazing to have. Don't be afraid to try one out... (you should get 2 if you plan to get a rat) Also...Don't get rats at a pet store get rats from people that rescue them.
I love rats I had two pet rats they are sweet and loving and they come up to meet you when you walk past the cage, most people think that rats are dirty and stinky but they are not at all dogs smell a lot worse
I've never had a rat my mom won't let me have one because it's a "rat" but my friend Hayley has one and so cute and tamed
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34Earth Worm
I once had an earthworm. it was my soulmate
Easy to take care of.

They have the cutest eyes and are so simple to look after you just have to love them

Friendly and fun to raise
Cute and cool to have as a pet



39Alligator Gar

Moths are great, no care needed. Fend for themselves. House trained. Good with kids and other pets except spiders or moth eating lizards. Disadvantages, short life span, not very playful, eat your clothes and won't fetch a stick.

41Fennec Fox
These foxes have big ears

I have 2, they live under water and don't do much but they're much more interesting than fish. They eat blood worms which come in small frozen packets that you can just place in water without having to touch or you could just feed them normal garden worms. They're easy to look after and pretty awesome.
They also don't need any specific tank, just a decent sized one that they can't jump out of (has to be closed completey, no gaps) and with a filter
Frogs are of course an animal to keep if you didn't know what your dumb you owe mean Β£50 duh x100


Micro pigs are very cute and easy to look after! They will wow your friends and be your best friend at the same time! If you have a dog that's really good but of not I highly recommend getting 2!
They are so cute

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