Top 10 Best House Pets

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1DogsDomesticated house hold pet that have evolved from wolves. They are sometimes bred with other species of wolves or dogs to create desirable purebreds or a new species of dogs.

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! - IceCream

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.

Dogs are so loving they are fun to play with and fun to pet

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2Cats

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! ...more

I've owned and loved both dogs and cats. Your cat comments are true, but your dog comments are ignorant. I sympathize for your bad experience and fear, but because of these, you hate all dogs. How sad and how unfair. Dogs help many more people than they harm.

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!

I have always wanted a cat because they are clean and there is a saying about all pets which you don't have about cats and it is cats don't stink they blink and I love cats and kittens

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3RabbitsRabbits are small mammals in the family Leporidae of the order Lagomorpha, found in several parts of the world.

Beautiful animals, friendly, funny ears and always twitching.

Rabbits are great house companions. They are not too much work and they are good pets for kids. They are really gentle and they clean their selves. And if your rabbit does get in trouble you won't get too mad at it because of it's cute face. I like cats, but I like rabbits more. Once my pet rabbit almost got eaten by a dog. Those dumb dogs! Why are they at the top?!? Here are some reasons why rabbits are (and cats) are better than dogs: 1. Rabbits, like cats clean and don't smell. 2. Rabbits are less expensive then dogs (my bunny was free but the only thing that costed money was the vet appointment) 3. Rabbits are bundles of joy, they hop to your feet and twitch their whiskers. 4. Rabbits don't make any noise. Dogs bark when you are watching T.V. shows and movies. And they bark all night. (I know because my friend who just got a dog and she told me that) 5. Dogs slobber and puppies pee and poo on the floor. 6. Rabbits and cats are way cuter then dogs. Dogs and puppies always look ...more

Don't extol the virtues of rabbits (and cats) by slandering dogs. You just appear jealous, nasty and ignorant. Dogs come in more sizes and variations than any other domestic animal, including small and cute ones. Dogs are the truest friends, loving, forgiving, and grateful. They guard, hunt, herd livestock, haul sleds, perform in sports, assist the handicapped, do search and rescue (and save lives), apprehend criminals, and detect bombs, narcotics, cancer, and termites. Dogs are wonderful.

Rabbits are so cute and mine follows me around the house they are really good pets so go and buy one

They like to escape

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4Hamsters

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 have a hamster and it is an amazing pet cute and cuddly and plus they can recognize who is who like when my dad comes near,my hamster stands up and looks puzzled but when I come near there is no problem there and if any of you are seeing this and are afraid hamsters might bite don't worry they don't bite unless you startle them or your hands smell like food. And hamsters are very affordable to take care of and not to worry at day time " their nocturnal" and so you don't have to worry because you can feed your little guys at night.

I had a hamster and they are adorable and easy to take care of they are also soft and cuddly.

Hamsters are very cute and easy to take care of

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5Lizards

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!

My favorite lizard is bearded dragon
So bearded dragon should be 1 not to be mean

I have a leopard gecko and I can honestly say I think it's the best pet anybody can have!

My sister has a gecko and we have to spray it every hour

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6Birds

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.

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 love the kinds of birds that you can teach how 2 talk! -

Birds are energetic and playful. You can also teach them tricks and they are easy to take care of.

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7Ferrets

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

I really have no idea what these things are but they sound cool.

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8Turtles

Easy to take of and make great pets.

Amazing as geckos

I used 2 have a turtle it was so cool -

Turtle are cool and chilling animals and live a long time. They are endangered and need love and care. How could anyone not love these adorable creatures.

Carry lots of diseases

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9Guinea Pigs

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.

Guinea pigs should be much higher on this list! They are sweet and kind and often misjudged. They hardly bite (They bite only when they have a medical problem, or to let you know when holding them they need to use the bathroom, yes they are considerate of your clothes =]) I absolutely love my Guinea pigs and hope that they bring happiness to others.

They are the best but they sure take lots of responsibility, care, and time.

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10Sugar Gliders

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.

There just to adorable

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11Fish

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.

Fighting fish will last at least 3 years, only if you care for them properly. These fishes are not supposed to be mixed with other fishes, but are really pretty. Some fighting fish are different, which are expensive. But I really recommend fighting fish are great pets in small houses.

They are so fun to play with. They are very relaxing. The best reason is that Gold fish, especially black moor gold fish are the best pets in the world that you can ever have.

I have more than 10 platy in my house and they all are my friends

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12Chinchilla

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...

Really need a lot of care and a very big cage. They wake up at night and sleep at day searching for one and can't find one just don't get it there a really big hand full rather get a gerbil

The best pet I had

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13Hedgehogs

They're very social and curious animals. Great for house pets. Take very little matinence and have little health problems

I love hedgehogs and want one soon badly, but unfortunately they are illegal to own wear I am.

They're very curious animals, friendly but you need to gain their trust. When you do, you will love them forever

They are so cute and very friendly and easy but fun to take care of

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14Hermit Crabs

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!

Hermit crabs are easy to take care of

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15Snakes

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.

LOWEST MAINTENANCE ANIMAL EVER!

Can we do a list of easiest pets! Not including a dog or cat or anything because they aren't easy. The are expensive, effort, and you can't get your parents to let you have one. Stuff like hamsters, worms, rocks, mice, finches, STUFF LIKE THAT!

Snakes are Facinating creatures. I don't have one yet but I've always wanted one ever since I was a Kid my mom would always say no I couldn't get one until I moved out of her house. Snakes are great there just a misunderstood by a majority of people who believe them to be slimy ugly monsters. While others believe them to be a creature of misfortune do to Adam and Eve in the Bible.

My family used to live with loads of snakes some if my family even slept next to them

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16Mice

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.

They are the best pet in the world same as cats and kittens and turtles and dogs are the KINGS!

Had a mouse and he was great and adventurous and easy to care for.

They sound boss but prefer lizards

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17Arctic Fox

These are 2nd favorite animal almost my first. I really want one but I can't get one

So cute. As you know you can not get one but still, so cute

I got one in a special room with ice and perfect temp

I want one their adorable but it will kill me.

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18Gerbils

I got to sister gerbils 5+ years ago. One passed away 2 years ago, but I still have one who is now about 7 years old. She still acts fine and is very lovable, intelligent, sweet, and friendly. Gerbils are very easy pets with sweet tempers and are able to be trained. My girl uses a litter box which means I don't have to clean her cage often. It only took me about a week to litter-train her. She has never gotten sick and has never bitten anyone.

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 5 gerbils in my life they are the best pets I only got one bite that broke skin and it was only because of a fight I was breaking up they are best kept in groups of two and are loving and trainable the only sad part is that they have short lifespans mine only lived 2 years and mostly all died of illnesses that are un known two however did not I had one gerbil with a 3 year life and she was very social I definitely recommend gerbils as pets

Gerbils are cute

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19Goats

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 want a pygmy goat, I love them I might get a boy and a girl the food is free and I think cats, dogs, ferrets and pygmy goats are the best pet on the planet

They are kind o messy but also, they are very fun to have around as each goat screams different and they show to be very loving

I'm not getting a goat no matter what

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20Bees

Okay, okay, okay. Bees are NOT a good pet for you. They will soon take over your whole family! The only way to get rid of them is to have them sting one of you.

You really can have pet bees now, look it up. They makes these inside bee hive things, and they actually make good pets.

They are very good for people who want something to care for but unfortunately not very interactive creatures

They make sweet honey yum yum slurp slurp gobble gobble

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