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Found most dead one morning on the living room rug. Son decided he wanted to take them for a walk. True story.
You might consider gerbils as an alternative. They're also very curious and intelligent, and have more-flexible dietary requirements that may run only a few dollars a week at most. They're "colonial" animals so it's important to have at least two of them; also provide lots of playthings because they love to climb and explore.
1. an ant: yep, a single ant. I would recommend a carpenter ant (the big black ones). You can find them for free and replace as needed.
2. A spider: you can even catch it's dinner by leaving a piece of fruit out or any other bugs. Plus side, most are free.....just fight the instinct to step on or swat them.
3. A mouse: You can even buy them at the pet stores, ironically near the snakes.
4. A snake: Look for your scaly pet outdoors during spring, in order to find a baby one.
5. A fly: just trap one in the fridge and freezer, wait 30 mins, and then tie a string on your new 24 hour pet.
6. A cricket: makes a great hide and go seek pet.
7. Too old for a night light, but still scared of the dark? How bout a lightning bug.
8. A monkey: it will pay for itself, if you can teach it to; pick pocket, steal, dance, or deliver drugs.
I can't figure out why they listed guinea pigs instead of hamsters. Hamsters eat less, need less space, have more flexible diets, and don't need the cage cleaned as often. Depending on the breed, most are solitary when they grow up and don't need or want a companion. (See the phrase 'ball of death' for what happens when you put tow adult Syrian hamsters together.)
A bag of "gourmet" hamster chow costs us about $9 and lasts several months. Most of the snacks are things we have around the house anyway: salad mix, berries, nuts, etc.
For the person who suggested gerbils - gerbils are illegal in several areas, including California, where I live. They can't be sold in pet stores or given away by rescue organizations or the Humane Society.
We had a standard 10 gallon aquarium, water filtration system.
Tropical fish are tougher to keep alive. I set up an aquarium with zebra danios and then a much larger tropical fish of a name I forget. I was worried the large fish would star eating the tiny zebra danios, but that might be just part of the fun of watching nature at work.
Imagine my shock when I got home one day. The big fish wasn't in the tank, so did he jump out? After looking closely, I found the head floating at the top, The zebra danios had him for lunch. Goes to show you what can happen.
Whoever wrote this article did not do their research! Guinea pigs either need a lot of attention or a companion. So if you get only one then expect to spend time with it or get two (same gender of course). The author of this article should go get one so they can experience facts before recommending one.
Ms. Kozash is on the money with the details in her remarks.
Always research before getting ANY pet. My wife was offered a baby box turtle and was planning on accepting the offer BUT I researched and they can live up to about 90 years old! People make the mistake of not researching a pet and get one just because they are cute, the kid wants it, etc. and just go get it. Then they discover the pet is more trouble than the want to deal with and end up at the SPCA or dumped off on the side of the road. Sad but idiots shouldn't own pets if they do not do the proper research and make the commitment.
Different dog breeds are prone to specific health issues.
Pets have feelings too!
How about a cat? you can get them for free on Craig's List and food and litter has GOT to be cheaper than all those expensive gagets for lizards and the like.
Largely irrelevant to the topic, but writer missed the point of the phrase "cash cow", which means the exact opposite: a single dairy cow whose milk output nets over twice the cost of her upkeep, and therefore is kept for no other reason.
In other words, a money-maker!
Get a clue, or don't get clever.
If you can't afford a pet, then don't get any.
We have 10 parrots and 4 pups and can afford them all.
IMHO - You all just don't want to put up with the work and small amount of money to have ANY pets.
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