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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Pets for a Lifetime: Which Pets Live the Longest?

Today I am thrilled to present my very first guest post which has been contributed by Tina Marconi. Tina writes on the topic of online vet tech schools. She welcomes your comments at her email id: tinamarconi85[@]gmail[.]com. I added the pictures to go with her post.


Remember when you had a dog when you were a child and then he disappeared suddenly and was replaced by another? Remember how your mom told you that your old pet had been sent to a farm to live because he needed more room than you had in your home? And remember when you finally figured out the truth, that your dog had died because that’s just how long dogs live – a maximum of 12 years or so?

It’s hard when a pet, which is a beloved member of the family, dies after a few years of being a significant part of your life. So if you’re looking for a pet that lives as long as you do, or at least for a good number of years, then you probably have to choose a turtle or a tortoise, because they can live for 75 or more years. However, not everyone considers a tortoise a pet, unless you prefer the reptilian kind and don’t really feel the need to cuddle or play with them.

 Photo courtesy of Virginia State Parks

If you like backtalk and some color around the house, you could go in for a parrot, a cockatoo or a macaw – many of these birds can live for 60 or more years, and they give you quite an earful too if they can talk. It could become embarrassing if the birds repeat the choice epithets you’ve uttered when you hit your leg against the sofa or cut yourself inadvertently, but on the upside, you always have someone to talk to and a voice greeting you as you walk into an otherwise empty house.


Photo courtesy of Riza Nugraha

Again, you can’t really cuddle your bird, so if you’re looking for a warm-blooded mammal that lives long, then go for a horse. Of course, if you own a horse, you need a farm or a large open area where you can exercise and ride him and where he is happy and content. City life is not for your horsey, so when you live in the hustle and bustle of streets filled with traffic and in apartments that can be covered end to end with a dozen strides, your best bet for a pet that lives long is a dog or a cat.

Cats live a year or so longer than dogs, but with a feline or a canine, you get to enjoy 10 to 15 years of companionship. The downside to owning a dog is that they require considerable grooming, training and looking after, so most people prefer a cat. But then again, dogs are more people-friendly while cats tend to be disdainful of the entire human clan.


My Sisfur Majel lived 18 years!

If you want a pet in a cage and one small enough to hold in your hand, go for a rabbit, gerbil, guinea pig, hamster or a mouse – they live for 2 to 3 years, and make ideal pets for children who tend to outgrow their interests faster than you can find them new ones. 
The choice of a pet boils down to the kind of animal you love the most, but then, considerations like age, space and cost do add to the mix and make the decision more complicated. It’s best to weigh all the factors involved, and then do what’s best for yourself and your pet.

Thanks Tina!

7 comments:

Benny and Lily said...

Its not us!!
Snuggles,
Benny & Lily

Pepsi the Lazy Bum said...

A has a thing fur many different pets. She used to have pet birds when she was 10 yrs old or so. And terrapins when she was younger - she said they aren't easy to look after no matter how lazy they seem. & currently she has hamsters too. Plus me! Hehe.

I guess it's not about how long the pets live, but about the bond and love the owner and the pets share between each other.

Great article to read, thanks!

Woofs,
Pepsi

Mariodacat said...

M says the parrots could easily outlive her. Guess you'd better know the expected life span before your adopt.

Pamela said...

After my parents decided we weren't going to have any more dogs,they started buying us parakeets. I didn't ask for a parakeet. I mean they're pretty and all but they weren't dogs.

Anyway, they tended to get respiratory ailments and die after a relatively short time. I'd have a broken heart every time I saw another feathered friend lying in the bottom of her cage. And my parents kept getting replacement birds. It was devastating.

If I had been older and more articulate, I would have begged them to just stop the carnage. Eventually, they got the message and stopped getting birds.

Anyway, animals with short life spans can be tough on some kids. Others might be fine. Just know your child before thinking a guinea pig or gerbil is just the thing.

Kate said...

I feel for your introduction... which reminds me of my very first pet when I was a kid. True it is really hard to let something special go and as a parents it is their pain if we are in pain so they tend to come up with stories. For my kid, I got her a rabbit in a rabbit hutch to pet and as early as now I am explaining to her about the lifespan of the pet. I think awareness could help really if the pet die or something.

Kate said...

I feel for your introduction... which reminds me of my very first pet when I was a kid. True it is really hard to let something special go and as a parents it is their pain if we are in pain so they tend to come up with stories. For my kid, I got her a rabbit in a rabbit hutch to pet and as early as now I am explaining to her about the lifespan of the pet. I think awareness could help really if the pet die or something.

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