are very good companion for all the age groups provided
they have a little time to spare. As per Encarta Encyclopedia,
any animal can be a pet:
mammals such as hamsters and mice; birds
such as canaries and budgerigars; tropical
such as frogs and newts; and reptiles,
including harmless snakes and turtles. Even insects,
such as stick insects and crickets, are sometimes kept
Besides their value as loved and loving companions,
pets are used for protecting homes and property (Dogs),
destroying vermin (Cats), and providing means of transport
(Horses). Most importantly they may also serve as emotional
outlets for the elderly or the childless peoples.
Further, pets may be kept for their beauty or rarity,
in the case of birds.
are generally purchased from breeders, pet shops, or
animal shelters rather than being individually captured.
The advantage of buying directly from an animal breeder
is that the prospective owner can obtain information
about a pet's genetic history. Pet shops, however, offer
a variety of animals to choose from, and because they
do not depend on the sale of one particular species
Before buying a pet,
you should mentally prepare yourself to be willing
to devote your time, energy and money for the little
one and making a commitment towards providing a long-term
care for them they are totally dependent on you.