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Companion animals are one of the most popular types of pet in the world. They provide companionship, unconditional love, and support to their human owners. When choosing a companion animal for your family, knowing which species will suit you best is important. In this article, we discuss some of the pros and cons of various species and give you advice on how to care for them properly.

The first type of animal we will be focusing on is the Rodents. The most common rodents kept as pets include hamsters, gerbils, mice, rats, and guinea pigs; however, many other species also make good companions. Rodents are generally easy to care for and require minimal maintenance; they can live in a cage or simply be let out to explore your home. They also have the added benefit of being low-cost pets compared to other species such as dogs, but if you do get one, make sure it has lots of toys inside its enclosure to not be boring.


-Pro: Ideal for allergy sufferers.

-Con: They require a lot of attention and exercise.

One of the most popular types of pet in the world is undoubtedly dogs! Dogs make fantastic companions for people, young or old alike, and there is such a wide variety of breeds to choose from that you are sure to find one the suits your family’s lifestyle. Dogs require lots of exercise and attention; however, they can be trained relatively easily by following certain steps (see our article on dog training tips). If properly cared for, dogs will live many years with their families, but it is important to ensure they are looked after properly by providing them with plenty of food, love, and attention.


-Pro: They are great as family pets.

-Con: It can be difficult to train and can cost a lot of money if they do not listen well.

Another on our list is the Cat! Cats make excellent companions for both adults and children alike, but they require a lot of care to keep them happy. Cats are generally solitary animals and do not like being around large numbers of people; however, they will become extremely attached to their owners if looked after properly.


-Pro: They have a high level of intelligence.

-Con: Can be difficult to train due to their strong-willed nature.

The final type of pet we will be discussing is the Fish. While Fish might not sound like an ideal companion for most people, they can provide many benefits that other animals cannot. The major benefit is it does not require much attention; however, if you do want to interact with your Fish, make sure you set up their tank properly (see our article on aquarium setup) to prevent any problems from occurring.


-Pro: No need for a big enclosure.

-Con: It can be expensive and require a lot of maintenance.

To make sure you choose the right companion animal for your family, you must think about all aspects before making a final decision. Make sure to consider how much time you have to give the animal attention, what space you will need if it is indoors, and most importantly, make sure that everyone in your family can agree on which type of pet they want. If this is done, then choosing a companion animal should not be too difficult!