Which Pet is Right for me?

If you have a very active, energetic pet but prefer to sit on the couch, you will face problems sooner or later. Same way around. If you prefer to spend the whole day outside, but your pet is a rather lazy one or can not go outside - the two of you would not make a good match. Take the test and find out which pet suits you and your life best! Below the test there are a few interesting tips and hints!

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Pets for Active People

If you like being outside, a dog could be the best choice. But beware: dogs must go walkies in poor and/or cold weather, too. Keep that in mind, if you are the type of guy that prefers to stay inside and crawl under a cuddly blanket. For testing you could do at least two walks a day for a few weeks - without a dog. And in winter. Now, wait. This is too complicated? Well, after all, you would have to do this for the next 7-15 years ;)

But, if you do not mind, that's a great basis for a happy living together! Too many dogs end up in the shelter saying: "Going walkies every day is too exhausting, too cold, too wet, and you have to pick up feces, I am sick of this". Dogs are sensitive beings and are terribly sad when they are brought to the shelter like some kind of object. So think twice!

Pets for Lazy People

Surprisingly, dogs can match with lazy people as well. For example, the French Bulldog. But most dogs need exercise every day, in addition to going for a walk. People who enjoy staying at home and have fun observing animals are matching best with: rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, fish, chinchillas, degus, gerbils and rats.

You can enjoy observing cats as well, but they need additional petting and playing time, while most rodents do not like to be touched (but still needs to run). Birds are not a good match for lazy people, too. They need to fly free and like to be challenged with exercises every day. Additionally you have to keep the cage clean and always make sure that the room is safe for the birds, so they don't hurt themselves or will fly away.

The Time of the Day Matters

Now, if you are rubbing your hands smirking and thinking "As I am such a lazy bum, a hamster would be perfect for me!", be careful! Hamsters are nocturnal animals. They do not wake up until dusk - unless you wake them and you really should not do that because it is cruel. Imagine your reaction if some would constantly wake you at 3 a.m in the morning?

Diurnal pets are:

  • Cats
  • Dogs
  • Rabbits
  • Birds
  • Bearded dragons
  • Praying mantises
  • Greek tortoises
  • Giant beetles
  • Rose Chafers
  • Walking sticks
  • Walking leaves

Cepuscular/nocturnal pets are:

  • Chinchillas
  • Pet rats
  • Pet mice
  • Axolotl
  • Crown geckos
  • Leopard geckos

There is an exception: Guinea pigs do not have a fixed day and night rhythm. They doze every so often and then they are awake again. Mainly they are more diurnal than nocturnal.

Can Animals be „Trained“ so that They are Diurnal?

This question is no joke. Many people would like to know that. They don't think of anything bad. And there are people who work at night, too. However, it has been proven that this is very bad for human health. We get sick more often and the likelihood that we will die from an accident is much higher. Being awake at night simply does not fit the so-called "bio-rhythm" of man.

The same applies to animals. Even if it sometimes seems as if it would not stress them when you wake them up: It is a torture for the animals.

Feeding Live Food

Axolotl are so cute! Yes, that is true, but do you think it it cute to feed living earthworms and mosquito larvae? That's what Axolotl feeds on. Praying mantis, crown geckos and leopard geckos need live food, too.