Alternative pets?

by DanTheMan 46 Replies latest jw friends

  • joannadandy

    I keep my fish in a shoebox.

  • dottie

    Dan...congrats on your anniversary !!!!

    I have heard about these really cool pets that are low maintanence, eat very little and require very little exercise...I have had mine for some time now and he is just the best little guy to grace my life....

    Of course I am referring to my pet rock Herb...he has been quite a good companion...

    Dottie...of the Loves to be A Smartass Class

  • mattnoel

    Hey there is nothing wrong with Cats, they make a great companion, get a butch one if your worried and call it wellard or something.

    If not what about one of those virtual pets !?

  • Dansk

    How about a trained skunk? You could make a real friend of it AND keep the elders at a L-O-N-G distance at the same time

    Depends whether you want to be able to interact with your pet. Reptiles, fish and amphibians are a waste of time as you can't stroke them. A hand-tame parrot is a good choice if you're dead set against a dog or cat.

  • lisavegas420

    I also have a farret...JACK is the fourth farret I have owned...they don't have long lives 8 to 10 years I believe..I've had this one for 4 years...very tame..comes to me when I call..loves to hide shiny objects and candy......However cleaning the cage where he lives most of the plain gross...I usually pay one of my children to do that part... Jack gets along well with Alice the Sheltie..Boo the big black 12 year old cat...and Angel the guinna pig


  • Farkel

    For those who like alternative pets with the least amount of maintenance, I suggest plastic fish with sticks mounted in the bottom of an empty aquarium. You do need to dust them once in a while.


  • MoeJoJoJo

    We have a pet snail named Gary (the kids are spongebob fans). He's (or she's?)pretty cool, very low maintenance, and fun to watch.

    I don't recommend goats, personally I find them very annoying. Our neighbors had a goat and it kept getting its head stuck in the woven fence at 5:00 am (the grass is always greener on the other side), he made alot of noise until someone got him unstuck. He got out a few times and ripped all of my crocus bulbs out of the ground and chewed on a few other plants.


    Hey Dan, whenever (presently) I owned a bird, the cage is more or less where they sleep.

    I have always allowed them to fly about and get exercise and interact with the family household.

    My little darling now, her cage door is open, and if she wants to fly out, I let her. But because she was adopted from a Humane Society, she was not previously allowed such freedoms. So I am introducing her to freedom, attention, love and goodness.

    But of course, a bird may not be for everyone.

    Birds can most definitely be let out of their cage. Something I highly recommend, but of course being mindful of household hazards, minimalizing any harm to the curious bird.

    Best of luck with your pet find.

    Oh...before I forget, someone I know who once owned a pot-bellied pig, thought they were absolutely brilliant. Said the piggie was housetrained, could do tricks and understood a variety of commands.

    I have owned guinea pigs when I was a little boy, and I took them everywhere in my little wagon. I loved them, and cried for days when they eventually died.

    One gets so attached to them. But they sure enlighten ones life, regardless of what kind of pet one decides to own.

    Keep us up to date, will you Dan? Thanks.

  • topanga

    i like pets that thrive on neglect like those cool plastic tropical fish, or online pets have you tried getting a cyber pet they have cyber pups and kitties etc that you can adopt at different cyber pet sites to keep on your desktop.

  • simplesally

    What about a pet rock? I am sure that since the fad has passed, there must be many abandoned and lonely rocks in need of a good home.

    Stuffed animals, cyber pets, battery operated dogs require little attention, food and no potty training!

    Other than that: Small rodents such as hamsters, gerbils, mice and socialized rabbits, as well as fish and parakeets, are low maintenance pets.

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