This article is about animals kept for companionship. For the use of "pet" as a verb, see petting. For other uses of the abbreviations "PET" and "PETS", see PET and PETS.
A pet or companion animal is an animal kept primarily for a person's company, protection, or entertainment rather than as a working animal, livestock, or laboratory animal. Popular pets are often noted for their cuteness or relatable personalities.
Two of the most popular pets are dogs and cats. Other animals commonly kept include: pigs, ferrets, rabbits; rodents such as gerbils, hamsters, chinchillas, rats, and guinea pigs; avian pets, such as parrots, passerines, and fowl; reptile pets, such as turtles, lizards and snakes; aquatic pets, such as fish, freshwater and saltwater snails, and frogs; and arthropod pets, such as tarantulas and hermit crabs. Small pets may be grouped together as pocket pets.
Pets provide their owners (or "guardians") both physical and emotional benefits. Walking a dog can provide both the human and the dog with exercise, fresh air, and social interaction. Pets can give companionship to people who are living alone or elderly adults who do not have adequate social interaction with other people. There is a medically approved class of therapy animals, mostly dogs or cats, that are brought to visit confined humans, such as children in hospitals or elders in nursing homes. Pet therapy utilizes trained animals and handlers to achieve specific physical, social, cognitive or emotional goals with patients.
Some scholars, ethicists and animal rights organizations have raised concerns over keeping pets because of the lack of autonomy and objectification of nonhuman animals.
States, cities, and towns in Western nations commonly enact local ordinances to limit the number or kind of pets a person may keep personally or for business purposes. Prohibited pets may be specific to certain breeds (such as pit bulls or Rottweilers), they may apply to general categories of animals (such as livestock, exotic animals, wild animals, and canid or felid hybrids), or they may simply be based on the animal's size. Additional or different maintenance rules and regulations may also apply. Condominium associations and owners of rental properties also commonly limit or forbid tenants' keeping of pets.
The keeping of animals as pets can cause concerns with regard to animal rights and welfare. Pets have commonly been considered private property, owned by individual persons. However, many legal protections have existed (historically and today) with the intention of safeguarding pets' (and other animals') well-being. Since the year 2000, a small but increasing number of jurisdictions in North America have enacted laws redefining pet's owners as guardians. Intentions have been characterized as simply changing attitudes and perceptions (but not legal consequences) to working toward legal personhood for pets themselves. Some veterinarians and breeders have opposed these moves. The question of pets' legal status can arise with concern to purchase or adoption, custody, divorce, estate and inheritance, injury, damage, and veterinary malpractice.
There are approximately 86.4 million pet cats in the United States and approximately 78.2 million pet dogs in the United States, and a United States 2007–2008 survey showed that dog-owning households outnumbered those owning cats, but that the total number of pet cats was higher than that of dogs. The same was true for 2011. In 2013, pets outnumbered children four to one in the United States.
Pet Global population U.S. population U.S. inhabited households U.S. average per inhabited household Cat 202 93.6 38.2 2.45 Dog 171 77.5 45.6 1.70 Fish N/A 171.7 13.3 12.86 Small mammals N/A 15.9 5.3 3.00 Birds N/A 15.0 6.0 2.50 Reptiles & amphibians N/A 13.6 4.7 2.89 Equine N/A 13.3 3.9 3.41
Choice of a pet
For a small to medium-size dog, the total cost over a dog's lifetime is about $7,240 to $12,700. For an indoor cat, the total cost over a cat's lifetime is about $8,620 to $11,275. People most commonly get pets for companionship, to protect a home or property, or because of the beauty or attractiveness of the animals. The most common reasons for not owning a pet are lack of time, lack of suitable housing, and lack of ability to care for the pet when traveling.
According to the 2007-2008 Pet Owners survey:
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The latest survey done by Colin Siren of Ipsos Reid estimates that there are 7.9 million cats and 5.9 million dogs in Canada. The survey also shows that 35% of Canadian households have a dog, while 38% have a cat, which is consistent with other surveys conducted around the world.
A 2007 survey by the University of Bristol found that 26% of UK households owned cats and 31% owned dogs, estimating total domestic populations of approximately 10.3 million cats and 10.5 million dogs in 2006. The survey also found that 47.2% of households with a cat had at least one person educated to degree level, compared with 38.4% of homes with dogs.
According to a survey promoted by Italian family associations in 2009, it is estimated that there are approximately 45 million pets in Italy. This includes 7 million dogs, 7.5 million cats, 16 million fish, 12 million birds, and 10 million snakes.
Effects on pets' health
Keeping animals as pets may be detrimental to their health if certain requirements are not met. An important issue is inappropriate feeding, which may produce clinical effects. The consumption of chocolate or grapes by dogs, for example, may prove fatal.
Certain species of houseplants can also prove toxic if consumed by pets. Examples include philodendrons and Easter lilies (which can cause severe kidney damage to cats) and poinsettias, begonia, and aloe vera (which can sicken or, in extreme cases, kill dogs).
Housepets, particularly dogs and cats in industrialized societies, are also highly susceptible to obesity. Overweight pets have been shown to be at a higher risk of developing diabetes, liver problems, joint pain, kidney failure, and cancer. Lack of exercise and high-caloric diets are considered to be the primary contributors to pet obesity.
Effects of pets on their caregiver's health
It is widely believed among the public, and among many scientists, that pets probably bring mental and physical health benefits to their owners; a 1987 NIH statement cautiously argued that existing data was "suggestive" of a significant benefit. A recent dissent comes from a 2017 RAND study, which found that at least in the case of children, having a pet per se failed to improve physical or mental health by a statistically significant amount; instead, the study found children who were already prone to be more healthy (such as white children living in homes rather than apartments) were more likely to get pets in the first place. Unfortunately, conducting long-term randomized trials to settle the issue would be costly or infeasible.
Pets might have the ability to stimulate their caregivers, in particular the elderly, giving people someone to take care of, someone to exercise with, and someone to help them heal from a physically or psychologically troubled past. Animal company can also help people to preserve acceptable levels of happiness despite the presence of mood symptoms like anxiety or depression. Having a pet may also help people achieve health goals, such as lowered blood pressure, or mental goals, such as decreased stress. There is evidence that having a pet can help a person lead a longer, healthier life. In a 1986 study of 92 people hospitalized for coronary ailments, within a year 11 of the 29 patients without pets had died, compared to only 3 of the 52 patients who had pets. Having pet(s) was shown to significantly reduce triglycerides, and thus heart disease risk, in the elderly. A study by the National Institute of Health found that people who owned dogs were less likely to die as a result of a heart attack than those who didn’t own one. There is some evidence that pets may have a therapeutic effect in dementia cases. Other studies have shown that for the elderly, good health may be a requirement for having a pet, and not a result. Dogs trained to be guide dogs can help people with vision impairment. Dogs trained in the field of Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) can also benefit people with other disabilities.
Pets in long-term care institutions
People residing in a long-term care facility, such as a hospice or nursing home, may experience health benefits from pets. Pets help them to cope with the emotional issues related to their illness. They also offer physical contact with another living creature, something that is often missing in an elder's life. Pets for nursing homes are chosen based on the size of the pet, the amount of care that the breed needs, and the population and size of the care institution. Appropriate pets go through a screening process and, if it is a dog, additional training programs to become a therapy dog. There are three types of therapy dogs: facility therapy dogs, animal-assisted therapy dogs, and therapeutic visitation dogs. The most common therapy dogs are therapeutic visitation dogs. These dogs are household pets whose handlers take time to visit hospitals, nursing homes, detention facilities, and rehabilitation facilities. Different pets require varying amounts of attention and care; for example, cats may have lower maintenance requirements than dogs.
In addition to providing health benefits for their owners, pets also impact the social lives of their owners and their connection to their community. There is some evidence that pets can facilitate social interaction. Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Leslie Irvine has focused her attention on pets of the homeless population. Her studies of pet ownership among the homeless found that many modify their life activities for fear of losing their pets. Pet ownership prompts them to act responsibly, with many making a deliberate choice not to drink or use drugs, and to avoid contact with substance abusers or those involved in any criminal activity for fear of being separated from their pet. Additionally, many refuse housing in shelters if their pet is not allowed to stay with them.
Health risks that are associated with pets include:
- Aggravation of allergies and asthma caused by dander and fur or feathers
- Falling injuries. Tripping over pets, especially dogs, causes more than 86,000 falls serious enough to prompt a trip to the emergency room each year in the United States. Among elderly and disabled people, these falls have resulted in life-threatening injuries and broken bones.
- Injury, mauling, and sometimes death caused by pet bites and attacks
- Disease or parasites due to animal hygiene problems, lack of appropriate treatment, and undisciplined behavior (faeces and urine)
- Stress caused by behaviour of animals
- Anxiety over who will care for the animal should the owner no longer be able to do so
Pets have a considerable environmental impact, especially in countries where they are common or held in high densities. For instance, the 163 million dogs and cats kept in the United States consume about 20% of the amount of dietary energy that humans do and an estimated 33% of the animal-derived energy. They produce about 30% ± 13%, by mass, as much feces as Americans, and through their diet, constitute about 25–30% of the environmental impacts from animal production in terms of the use of land, water, fossil fuel, phosphate, and biocides. Dog and cat animal product consumption is responsible for release of up to 64 ± 16 million tons CO2-equivalent methane and nitrous oxide, two powerful greenhouse gasses. Americans are the largest pet owners in the world, but pet ownership in the US has considerable environmental costs.
While many people have kept many different species of animals in captivity over the course of human history, only a relative few have been kept long enough to be considered domesticated. Other types of animals, notably monkeys, have never been domesticated but are still sold and kept as pets. There are also inanimate objects that have been kept as "pets", either as a form of game, or humorously (e.g. the Pet Rock or Chia Pet).
Domesticated pets are the most common types of pet. A domesticated animal is any animal that has been tamed and made fit for a human environment. They have consistently been kept in captivity, being selectively bred over a long enough period of time that they exhibit marked differences in behavior and appearance from their wild relatives.
Main article: Exotic pet
Wild animals are often kept as pets. The term wild in this context specifically applies to any species of animal which has not undergone a fundamental change in behavior to facilitate a close co-existence with humans. Some species listed here may have been bred in captivity for a considerable length of time, but are still not recognized as domesticated.
- Anteaters like southern tamanduas
- Canidae like Arctic foxes, coydogs, dingoes, fennec foxes, gray foxes, and wolfdogs
- Civets like binturongs and genets
- Deer like white-tailed deer
- Felidae, including "big cats" such as tigers, lions, and leopards, as well as felinae species like bobcats, ocelots, margays, and servals
- Marsupials like opossums, gliding possums, koalas, short-tailed opossums, wallabys, and wombats
- Mustelids like badgers, minks, skunks, and otters
- Primates like capuchin monkeys, chimpanzees, guenons, lemurs, macaques, marmosets, slow lorises, spider monkeys, squirrel monkeys, sykes' monkeys, tamarins, and vervet monkeys
- Procyonidae like cacomistles, coatimundi, kinkajous, raccoons, and ringtail cats
- Rodents like chipmunks, degus, dormouse, flying squirrels, groundhogs, patagonian cavys, pouched rats, and prairie dogs
- Sloths such as two-toed sloths and pale-throated three-toed sloths
- Monotremes such as platypus and echidnas
- Lizards, including bearded dragons, common leopard geckos, green anoles, blue tongue skinks, monitor lizards, and green iguanas
- Snakes, including corns, kings, milks, and ball pythons
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Archaeology suggests that dogs as pets may date back to at least 12,000 years ago.
Victorian era: the rise of modern pet keeping
Throughout the seventeenth and eighteenth century pet keeping in the modern sense gradually became accepted throughout Britain. Initially, aristocrats kept dogs for both companionship and hunting. Thus, pet keeping was a sign of elitism within society. By the nineteenth century, the rise of the middle class stimulated the development of pet keeping and it became inscribed within the bourgeois culture.
As the popularity of pet-keeping in the modern sense rose during the Victorian era, animals became a fixture within urban culture as commodities and decorative objects. Pet keeping generated a commercial opportunity for entrepreneurs. By the mid-nineteenth century, nearly twenty thousand street vendors in London dealt with live animals. Also, the popularity of animals developed a demand for animal goods such as accessories and guides for pet keeping. Pet care developed into a big business by the end of the nineteenth century.
Profiteers also sought out pet stealing as a means for economic gain. Utilizing the affection owner’s had for their pets, professional dog stealers would capture animals and hold them for ransom. The development of dog stealing reflects the increased value of pets. Pets gradually became defined as property of their owners. Laws were created that punished offenders for their burglary.
Pets and animals also had social and cultural implications throughout the nineteenth century. The categorization of dogs by their breeds reflected the hierarchical, social order of the Victorian era. The pedigree of a dog represented the high status and lineage of their owners and reinforced social stratification. Middle-class owners, however, valued the ability to associate with the upper-class through ownership of their pets. The ability to care for a pet signified respectability and the capability to be self-sufficient. According to Harriet Ritvo, the identification of “elite animal and elite owner was not a confirmation of the owner’s status but a way of redefining it.”
The popularity of dog and pet keeping generated animal fancy. Dog fanciers showed enthusiasm for owning pets, breeding dogs, and showing dogs in various shows. The first dog show took place on 28 June 1859 in Newcastle and focused mostly on sporting and hunting dogs. However, pet owners produced an eagerness to demonstrate their pets as well as have an outlet to compete. Thus, pet animals gradually were included within dog shows. The first large show, which would host one thousand entries, took place in Chelsea in 1863. The Kennel Club was created in 1873 to ensure fairness and organization within dog shows. The development of the Stud Book by the Kennel Club defined policies, presented a national registry system of purebred dogs, and essentially institutionalized dog shows.
Pets in art
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People around the world are fond of keeping pet animals. While most people stick to dogs and cats, many break this convention and go for rabbits, turtles, snakes, monkeys, horses and what not. It is great to have pets around.
People who own pets recommend the same to everyone. Most people pet animals for their love for them while others pet them for their need for instance for security purpose, companionship, etc. However, whatever be the case pets eventually become an integral part of the family. Here are some essays on ‘My Pet Animal’ under various words limit to help you with the topic in your exam or class tests. You can select any My Pet Animal essay according to your need:
My Pet Animal Essay
My Pet Animal Essay 1 (200 words)
I have a very cute little spotted cat as a pet. I have named it Isabella. It is very warm and friendly. It has been with us since the last two years and has become an important part of our family. I and my sister are extremely fond of it. We love playing with it all the time.
I have always been very fond of cats. I often kept a bowl of milk in my backyard to attract cats to come to our place. Some cats and small kittens came to our place every day. I also fed them with bread and chapatti. Quite often they even slept under a chair kept in our backyard. I also visited animal shelter to give food to stray cats. Looking at my fondness for these friendly creatures, my mother decided to bring one home.
On my 7th birthday, my mother took me to an animal shelter early morning and surprised me by telling me that I can adopt one of the cats there. My heart went out for a brown coloured spotted kitten sleeping peacefully at a corner and I brought it home. This is how Isabella came to our lives.
I do not only play with Isabella but also take care of its cleanliness. We bathe her once every 15 days. Isabella is quite fond of fish and we serve it the same quite frequently. Life is so much better with its presence.
My Pet Animal Essay 2 (300 words)
People mostly keep cats, dogs, fishes and birds as pets. These are all adorable however none can beat the charm of the pet I have. I have a monkey as a pet. Its name is Chimpu. Many people find it weird and are even scared of coming to our house because of it. But I totally adore it.
How I convinced my Family to Pet a Monkey?
I always loved monkeys and wanted to pet one. I often saw these as pets in the movies. However, I had never met anyone in real life who had a monkey for a pet. When I expressed my wish to pet a monkey my parents laughed at the thought and dismissed it stating it was a vague demand. However, I soon convinced them and brought an infant monkey to my place. It was just adorable as a baby and my parents became as fond of it as me.
Taking Care of My Pet Monkey
Since no body we knew had a pet monkey and we had no clue about how to take care of it, we called for professional help. Initially, a monkey trainer visited our place every week to train Chimpu to adapt to our ways. It also instructed us on how to take care of our pet. We soon understood how monkeys behaved. We learned the ways to keep them calm and the things that infuriated them. He also told us how to ensure its cleanliness and what and how to feed it. We started taking care of Chimpu in exactly the same way.
Chimpu is very warm and friendly. It has been with us since it was an infant and is thus extremely attached to us. It also loves having guests at home. It enjoys when we have get together at home. It is super fun to be around Chimpu.
My Pet Animal Essay 3 (400 words)
A rabbit is one such animal that everyone just adores. It is loved for its cute look and adorable activities. Though it is a bit difficult to take care of these gentle creatures, I decided to pet them just because I found them extremely cute.
I researched on the internet and also consulted the pet shop owner and came to know that rabbits are happier and live long if they have company. So I decided to get home two cute little rabbits instead of going for just one. Both my rabbits are pure white in colour. I have named them Bunny and Betty. They are my lifelines. While my mother was against petting an animal especially rabbits, she soon grew fond of them. She helps me take good care of both of them.
Cleanliness and Grooming
Both Bunny and Betty have white fur. The fur often attracts dust, dirt and germs. We help them get rid of it by brushing them gently every 3-4 days. We have a special wide-toothed comb for the same. We have kept separate combs for both the rabbits. Bunny and Betty love the combing sessions. They sit in my mother’s lap and enjoy this activity. My mother washes the combs thoroughly and dries them after every combing session.
We make sure to get their hair trimmed to an inch. It is easier to maintain their fur when it is trimmed. Long fur attracts more germs and is also difficult to brush. My mother also trims their nails every once in a while to ensure hygiene.
Eating Habits and Behaviour
My pet rabbits love eating carrots, grass, basil and various green leafy vegetables. We mainly feed them with leafy greens and give them carrots occasionally as the later contain high sugar content. We bring fresh leafy vegetables and grass for our bunnies every day and make sure they are well fed.
Just like small kids, Bunny and Betty love being pampered. They like sitting in my lap and just love it when I pat them or gently rub their head. They show their affection by licking me. They also love running around the house with me.
When I return home from school or tuition class, they joyfully run around my feet to show their love.
Both Bunny and Betty are quite warm, friendly and sociable. They are not only affectionate towards us but also welcome all our guests with warmth. Small kids in our neighbourhood often come to play with Bunny and Betty. They love playing with the kids.
My Pet Animal Essay 4 (500 words)
I have a pet tortoise. I have named it Tortilla. Unlike other pet animals, tortoise is quite easy to pet. But this is something we had only read on the internet. We didn’t know anyone who had a tortoise as a pet and were not really sure how it was like to pet a tortoise. My parents agreed to bring it home on a trial basis initially. They made it clear that if we were able to maintain it and were comfortable with the way it behaved we would keep it. Else we would return it after a month. Thankfully, Tortilla adapted to the environment pretty soon and became a part of our family.
We brought a big Terrarium for Tortilla. We have kept a few plants and stones in it. Tortilla loves staying inside its cosy habitat. We make sure that the terrarium is cleaned every week to ensure hygiene. The enclosure is well-ventilated and also well-lit just the way tortoise like it. There is enough space for Tortilla to roam around. It loves roaming around its habitat. Tortoise can act shy at times and need a secure place to hide. Whenever we have guests at home, Tortilla hides behind the plants in the Terrarium and goes inside its shell. Since tortoise belong to the places with hot and humid climate, it is essential to maintain the same environment inside the Terrarium. We have thus kept it at a place where it gets direct sunlight. We also keep it damp so that Tortilla stays comfortable inside. Tortilla hides beneath the plants whenever it wants a cool atmosphere.
Tortilla’s Eating Habits
Tortilla loves eating different grasses. It is also fond of green leafy vegetables. We serve it with different green vegetables. Tortilla loves it when we maintain variety though it is particularly fond of cabbage, spring greens and cauliflower. We also ensure it gets fresh water. We have kept a shallow water bowl so that it can drink water easily. We change its water on a daily basis.
Tortilla’s Behaviour and Activities
Tortilla loves to soak up in the sun rays. It sits at the place where the sun rays are strong. It is quite active during the day time. We often take it out of the Terrarium when we are back from the school. It is fond of playing and being around us. It loves playing with a ball. We roll the ball towards it and it loves chasing and gripping it. At night, it sleeps for most part.
Tortilla is quite easy going and thus easy to maintain. It does not create any kind of fuss while eating. It is also easy to maintain its habitat. There are no cleanliness issues at home such as the ones you have when you pet a dog or a cat. It has been 3 years that Tortilla has been with us and we are now planning to bring home another tortoise to give it company. Both me and my brother are quite excited about it and have already started short listing names.
My Pet Animal Essay 5 (600 words)
I have a black coloured Boxer as a pet. We call it Bruno. It is 10 years old and has been a part of my family even before I was born. I have grown up with it and am very fond of it. Bruno loves being around me. It waits eagerly for my return whenever I go out anywhere.
Bruno’s Physical Features
Bruno is a fully grown male Boxer with a height of around 22 inches. Just like the other Boxers, it has a squashed face, floppy square shaped ears and droopy eyes. It has a broad deep chest with a strong and sturdy back. It has compact feet and arched toes. It has a short shiny black coat that sheds moderately. This is one thing my mother loves. Dogs with furry coat can be quite difficult to maintain. Not only does one have to pay more attention towards their cleanliness and hygiene but their shedding also creates a lot of mess around the house.
Though highly energetic, Bruno loves to laze around especially when I am not around.
Bruno Guards Our House Vigilantly
It loves sitting in the balcony watching people. It is not the kind of dog who will bark at everyone it sees in the street. It is calm most of the time but gets quite excited whenever a guest arrives home. It rushes to the front door every time it hears the door bell. Though it doesn’t bark much, it takes complete care of the safety and security of our house. Whenever it sees a stranger entering the house, it smells the person thoroughly. Bruno has a well-built muscular body and guards our house like a pro. We feel secure with its presence around.
Bruno Loves Accompanying us for Outings
Bruno guards our house when we are not at home. It remains vigilant at all times and we don’t have to worry about security issues when it is home. However, this is not what it really loves. Bruno often grows sad when we leave it behind. It loves to accompany us for weekend excursions and outings. It is well-behaved and sits quietly in the car. It is loaded with energy and is quite playful. It loves indulging in various outdoor activities with us. Bruno serves as a great fielder when we play cricket. I always take it in my team. It also guards us against strangers whenever we are out to play. It is particularly protective about my 3 years old baby brother.
Boxers require a good amount of exercise to maintain their body. We thus take Bruno out for walk every evening. We don’t always chain it when we are out with it so that it runs around a bit.
Bruno’s Eating Habits
Initially, my mother fed Bruno with dog food. However, it soon started demanding what we ate. We often used to give it chunks of breads and chapatti from our plate. Since we saw that it digested these things well, we changed its diet. We no longer bring home dog food. Bruno eats chapattis and bread dipped in milk or curd. It is particularly fond of boiled eggs. We feed it with the same twice or thrice a week. Bruno finishes its food quickly and demands for more at times. It is also fond of biscuits. Though, dogs shouldn’t be given the normal sugary biscuits, I feed it with the same sometimes only because it relishes them.
Bruno is an important part of my life. I am as attached to Bruno as I am to my siblings and parents. We all love it dearly and it loves us too. It is great to have a dog as a pet especially if it is a boxer.