One Fish. Two Fish. What Indoor Pet is Right for You?

For some homeowners, going to the dogs (or another pet) is the perfect scenario. Studies show that pets provide a plethora of positive physical and mental benefits. If you are thinking about adding a pet to your family, you might want to do a little homework first. All pets require some upfront cost, plus ongoing maintenance and TLC.

Here is some helpful information to consider when choosing the purr-fect pet:

Pups are popular for many reasons; chief among them, they are easy to train, loyal and willing to go almost anywhere. Of course, differences vary widely among breeds. First, learn about personality, size, activity level and allergy-inducing tendencies. Consider adopting a mixed breed dog that needs a good home. Make it a family event to go to a shelter and find the best fit for your family.

Despite a bad rep for being finicky or aloof, felines can be quite good-humored and affectionate. They love to play with pet toys and are often acrobatic and entertaining. They don’t have to be walked and are content with a little attention and a clean litter box.

If you’re just getting started, opt for a goldfish or a brilliantly colored Betta, which are vibrant shades of green, red, violet and orange. Goldfish need larger tanks, about 20-30 gallons and can be paired with other fish. Bettas, also known as Siamese fighting fish, should reside alone. They don’t play well with others.

About 14 million birds perch in six million households in the United States. Some, like friendly parakeets, enjoy perching on their owners’ shoulders and can be taught tricks. Birds are best suited for homes with adults only or mature children. They require gentle handling, plus a roomy cage and perches, and daily feeding, watering and cage cleaning.

Cute and cuddly rabbits make great pets, but they need proper attention and exercise and should never be an impulse buy. They are quiet, make affectionate and entertaining pets and can even be litter-box trained. If you have more than one, get the same sex or you will soon have a new litter to care for.

Gerbils, guinea pigs and hamsters
Good-natured and social, guinea pigs are great starter pets. They need lots of exercise and should be able to safely explore in an indoor or outdoor environment. Gerbils need to be handled gently, so they make good pets for older children. Hamsters are sometimes called “pocket pets” because of their diminutive size. They’re cute and furry, but are nocturnal, so likely to be active at night.

Geckos and iguanas
Geckos are tiny green- or brown-spotted lizards. Usually not exceeding 12 inches, nocturnal geckos are naturally shy, but with patience, you can earn their trust and hold them in your palm. The iguana is the most commonly kept lizard species, and can reach up to four to seven feet long. Primarily herbivores, they require housing that is at least twice their body length.

Local Resources for helping find the perfect pet


Seattle Humane:

Homeward Pet Adoption Center:

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