In the 70s, fish tanks were the ‘thing’. Dentists’ and doctors’ surgeries afloat with tropical fish and creepy coral tunnels. Every era has its favourite.
Labradors were to die for, assisted by the odd toilet-paper ad. They looked darling, didn’t they?
Tortoises were popular for a while, until banned from being sold or illegal to take the odd ‘Popeye’ or ‘Oscar’ in your travel bag from Crete, or was it Kos?
Birds are always popular apartment pets. Some prefer a rabbit or a guinea pig. The latter is a favourite amongst the Peruvians, allowing them to run freely around the domestic home. When plump enough for consumption, they are, with relish and rice.
Noted for their agility, able to hide in small dark corners, pet snakes will have a tank with sand. A warm, dry arid place for ‘Sid’ to slither, slope around the odd branch or stone. Tarantulas used to be a spidery, rare, arachnid option. Brrrr.
Rats and mice are easily domesticated, great companions, love being handled and stroked (as are snakes). Problems would arise if you had snakes and mice – the predator always wins.
Cats are a great choice for those who are busy, like occasional company, are willing to play second-fiddle to a feline, furry, friend. Another problem for mice. Or not, as the case may be.
Taking on a pet, whether the fishy, slithery, chomping, chewy kind, they should remain inedible to the rest of their fellow animals. Or humans, for that matter, in the household.
The web is a good place to start your adventure. Make a checklist. Take your time. Ask yourself: “Can I afford it? Can I give it a good home? Am I able to feed it properly, regularly? Is it legal?”
A pet is for its lifetime. Like humans, they need nurturing, attention, a happy environment. If it is a caged type of pet, does it need to be let free? If so, how? Where? When? Bird’s wings can be clipped by the vet ensuring it doesn’t fly too far afield. Otherwise, don’t leave doors and windows open. Whoops, there goes ‘Harry’!
When you go on holiday, can someone look after your pet, properly, as you would? Certainly not for months at a time! Once you have made up your mind, you will have a friend for life.
Have a problem? Need a friendly vet? Want to home a dog or cat? Need advice? Contact APAA, Association for Protection of Animals Algarve, on [email protected] or through the website www.apaaportugal.com
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