Why do things have to be either, or? Can’t there be a third option? A fourth? A fifth?
People like to pair dogs and cats against each other. That’s fine. But don’t you think we can love both? If you can love spaghetti and tacos, can’t you love both cats and dogs? Or even other animals, like hamsters, birds, mice, and worms?
A pet is an animal that gives you love and receives your love. It doesn’t take much to befriend a pet. A little rub here, a treat there, a brushing somewhere, and boom, they’re your friend.
If you show love to your pet, it will almost instantly show you love back, and that’s what a good pet is made of. Love, warmth, and comfort. What’s unappealing to you is not unappealing to the next. If you don’t like ferrets, it doesn’t make ferrets a bad pet. It just means they aren’t for you.
In general, most people stick with cats or dogs; some even have both. We tend to gravitate towards them because it’s built into us from birth that they are good pets to have around. They’ll show us love and affection. But, other animals are capable of that as well.
Birds enjoy sitting on their owner’s shoulders. Guinea pigs enjoy cuddling with theirs. Every animal exhibits love in their own way. The only thing that’s stopping them is us. Are we open to their love or not? Some even keep apex predators as pets. Animals like lions, tigers, and jaguars. These animals might hunt us, but in other circumstances, they open up to us. It’s all a matter of how you treat them, and when you come into their lives.
A good pet is one that not only accepts your love but gives it back to you. One that purrs when you pet it, rubbing against you. One that opens up and turns on his or her back, letting you pet it all over. One that won’t bite you when you have food in your hand. One that respects you, and listens when you call its name. A good pet can be any animal. All animals need love, even us. That’s why a good pet is one that loves you back.