What is a “pet”?

According to Wikipedia a pet is known as ”

A pet is a household animal kept for companionship and a person’s enjoyment, as opposed to wild animals or to livestock, laboratory animals, working animals or sport animals, which are kept for economic or productive reasons. The most popular pets are noted for their loyal or playful characteristics, for their attractive appearance, or for their song. Pets also generally seem to provide their owners with non-trivial health benefits;  keeping pets has been shown to help relieve stress to those who like having animals around. There is now a medically-approved class of “therapy animals,” mostly dogs, that are brought to visit confined humans. Walking a dog can provide both the owner and the dog with exercise, fresh air, and social interaction. The most popular pets are dogs and cats, but there are also rodent pets, such as gerbils, hamsters, chinchillas, fancy rats, and guinea pigs, and avian pets, such as canaries, parakeets, or parrots.”   Do you think thats what pets are? if not submit your definition.

Pets taking over the USA???

Pets are becoming a big part of life everywhere you go! and i can tell you why. There is usually a pet that fits every person and to bond with. In the USA there is almost if not 1 pet for every person. (that doesn’t mean everyone has a pet though) Over 70 million dogs, over 90 million cats, over 145 million (freshwater and saltwater combined), over 15 million birds, over 10 million reptiles and over 15 others!  Compare that to the about 350 million people and they almost equal our population. But thats not all bad! They become part of the family, given as gifts, sleep mostly in owners bed, feed them, insure them, you play with them, they create jobs (like HeartyPet)! Thats just in the USA. Incredible but too bad that some people disrespect animals and mistreat them. There is a good and bad to everything.

Picking Your Pet Bird

People usually go to a pet store and find a bird they like. Here are a couple things you should consider before purchasing. Yes, a lot of research is required. Research these to make sure you will be happy with your pet for a long time. Size is a big factor. Do not get a huge bird if you live in an apartment. Behaviors can be associated with species. What they need to eat can be specific and there is a lot of maintenance. Finally, it comes down to if you have the money and time to take care and enjoy your bird. For example, a cockatiel can get 1-2ft big at adult. They make grinding sounds with their beak when they are happy. You can feed them bird seed from the stores, vegetables, and even pasta (cooked)! Clean cage and nutrition is typical maintenance. Costs range $25-$100 and then you have to buy the cage. Spend time taking it out everyday and interacting with it, that will keep you and your bird happy! Now, do that for whatever type of bird you want and go become a happy pet owner!