Top 5 Most Popular Pets in American Households Today
I Might Be Getting A Guinea Pig..
Growing up as a kid we always had a dog in the house. I loved every dog that we had, but I was a kid and of course, I always wanted more. I remember begging my parents for a cat. The answer was always no, we have a dog.
Nevertheless, I got my cat one day, without the consent of my parents. It lived in my room for a whole 2 hours before my Mom entered my room without knocking and discovered the kitten I smuggled in. I was ordered to take the kitten back, and then grounded for a month.
After that I thought I better not press my luck with bringing anything else into the house without consent or I was going to quickly find myself out on the streets. I had learned my lesson, and decided to switch my species. Maybe I should go for something that had 2 legs instead of 4.
I asked for a bird. I crossed my heart and promised to take care of the bird. I must have been pretty convincing because eventually I got the bird. I took care of the bird for 1 week and then it was suggested to me that I give my bird up for adoption since I was neglectful. My older sister adopted the bird.
Next it was time to ask for something a bit more exotic. By this time I was a teenager so I was more responsible. I should rephrase that, I was a teenager therefore I knew more about the world than my parents did and I could certainly care for a reptile with no problem.
In comes the pair of lizards. Now, I did my best to care for these lizards but despite my effort they died a few weeks after I got them so the pet store where I purchased them from gave me another pair, which died…..again.
After that I gave up. Dogs were obviously the pet for me.
Now I am a mother and I have a 10 year old son who wants to be a pet owner. Despite the fact that we have 3 dogs and a tank full of fish, he wants a pet that he can call his own. I know how he feels. I am all for letting him have his own pet. It will teach him responsibility. Now…… don’t get me wrong, I know that eventually I will be the sole provider of this pet all too soon. I mean, he is my son after all, and the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. .
So in comes the question of kind of pet to get for a 10 year old boy and more importantly what kind of pet do I want to be caring for in a few months.
I did a little research and here is a list, courtesy of Time for Kids, of the most popular pets residing in American households today.
Top 5 Most Popular Pets in the US
- Dogs. 46.3 million residing in American households
- Cats. 38.9 million
- Fish. 12.6 million.
- Birds. 5.7 million
Small animals. 5 million
After making a deal with my son that if he can keep his room clean for 2 months straight, without any clothes on the floor, the bed made every day, the closest clean, and nothing cluttering his dressers, he may just be responsible enough to have a pet of his own, which by the way will be a guinea pig.
I don’t think he can do it, but just in case I am prepared for a miracle.
So tell me, what’s your top choice for a pet? Who’s residing in your house?